I Cling to This Cozy Wardrobe Staple Come Fall—9 Ways I'll Be Styling It


While some wardrobe staples come and go, there's absolutely nothing like a classic. A white turtleneck will always be a must-have in my opinion. Just a few weeks ago, I went through my winter staples to figure out what I was missing. I found that it had been a while since I upgraded my selection of white sweaters. I also found that my favorite white turtleneck was piling and slightly outdated. While a practical person would be bummed to find that a sweater they once loved wasn't right for them anymore, I was thrilled with the opportunity to replace it in my collection. 

If you're like me and have been holding onto things for a little bit too long, this is your sign to say goodbye to the sweaters of yesterday and hello to a brand-new future. At the same time, if you already have a great collection of white turtleneck sweaters, there are so many ways to wear them that I just have to tell you about. Below, find the nine white-turtleneck outfits that I will be copying this fall.


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When you want to be both comfortable and cool, there's no better way to feel dressed up than by wearing a turtleneck sweater with a pair of leather leggings. I'll be spending my Saturdays in an outfit like this all fall long.

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Layers on layers are the perfect way to style a white turtleneck. It makes for the perfect base for drawing out an iconic look.

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Forget what they say about wearing white after Labor Day. Pairing a white sweater with white pants will always get you that classic "Ralph Lauren catalog" look. I highly suggest it on a day when you aren't sure what you want to wear.

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This is a head-to-toe Maison Valentino look that makes me love the brand even more than I already do. Each piece is so dynamic, and I love the idea of layering a mesh turtleneck with another sweater on top.

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You have no idea the power that the slip dress that's hanging in your closet holds. Adding a sweater on top will give it a whole new look just in time for fall.

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Add on a scarf before winter hits and you'll be ahead of the game. When the weather cools down, pairing a turtleneck with a chunky scarf is a guaranteed strategy that will keep you warm.

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A matching set is a key item to always keep in your closet, as it's ready in a moment. I'm obsessed with anything that's knitted and pretty.

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This photo is an example of layering done right. I am loving the way this shacket perfectly matches the fall colors while contrasting against the white turtleneck.

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I love my wool peacoats, but most of them don't keep my neck warm. This is the perfect time to bust out a white turtleneck to bundle up. 

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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.