The Unexpected Winter Essential That Makes Me More Confident

Let me just get it out there. When it comes to winter staples, there's one you wouldn't catch me dead in. The turtleneck. In fact, up until last year, I legit had a vendetta against the high-neck sweaters. I thought they were stuffy, uncomfortable, and annoying (aka trying too hard). But it wasn't until I received one as a gift (meaning: free) that I decided to at least try the knit I seemed to "despise" so much.

Naturally, like many things I decided to try in life (kale and vodka martinis included), I learned to love it—so much so that after this initial bond (note the sweater in question was this Babaton Johannes Sweater), I decided the once-hated item would actually become the most pivotal piece in my winter uniform. 

Seriously. After testing out the look and absorbing the compliments I received from friends (humble brag), I realized I somehow felt more regal and looked more forward simply by adopting the idea of a turtleneck once and for all. Of course, a classic crewneck sweater is nice and works for specific occasions, but a turtleneck gives off that sophisticated, polished vibe without really trying. More importantly, in my case anyway, it actually made me feel 10 times more confident in my look because of its slimming qualities. The high neck detail inherently elongates the overall silhouette, giving off a longer and leaner vibe. 

And I'm clearly not the only fashion person out there with an affinity for the turtleneck. For seasons, It girls and street styles stars have embraced the look as well, incorporating the winter must-have into their ensembles.

How do you feel about turtlenecks? If you haven't tested one out in awhile (but are intrigued), or if you're already on board and looking for styling tricks, keep scrolling to check out interesting ways to wear turtlenecks right now. Plus, go a bit further to shop some of my favorite styles you're bound to love just as much as I do. 

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This layered look is so sleek with the turtleneck underneath a dress, which is layered over of-the-moment flares.

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Elongate your silhouette with your turtleneck and extra-long coat.

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A chunky turtleneck is typically more flattering than a regular crewneck sweater because even though there's extra fabric, the high neck continues to lengthen the frame.

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Want to stay warm and look chic? Try a patterned turtleneck under a furry coat with jeans.

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This is the cool-girl uniform—a turtleneck with a moto jacket and statement pants.

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Think about how much sleeker this overall vibe looks with a turtleneck sticking out of the coat, rather than just a crewneck sweater.

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For a polished work look, try a turtleneck underneath a blazer with either trousers or jeans.

The editor of this story legit lives in this turtleneck. Yes, he's a man (but the large size fits and is so chic).

You won't even believe how soft this turtleneck is.

Imagine this striped turtleneck with jeans and sneakers for the weekend.

This would look so cool layered underneath a moto jacket.

The sleeves of this turtleneck make it so unique. 

Looking for more winter style inspiration? Check out these chic outfits that are actually warm.