Winter Turtleneck Trends by Scott Cooper Miami
We once thought of turtlenecks as the attire equal of winter boots: an unofficial indication of freezing days to come that, while cozy and functional, we sort of dreaded dragging out of the closet. This year, though, we’re approaching those all-too-familiar shirts with a different outlook. Rather than remaining the pure staple were required to wear on windy days, turtlenecks are upgraded to the chicest of winter essentials. Yes, those high necks are still, plainly, effective and useful when a sudden cold front rolls; but they are also the foundation for all sorts of outfits–tucked into a long skirt, paired with high-waisted classic denim, layered beneath a colorful coat. And what we’ve discovered is that, when it comes to turtlenecks, everybody has an opinion concerning the best one. We polled Glamour staffers about the ones they can not stop buying, and their answers were too good to not share. Ahead, 12 turtlenecks that’ll have your back this winter.
H&M Turtleneck Sweater
“I love turtlenecks of all types–sweaters, fine knits, ribbed cotton–but right now, I’m obsessed with this lace one from H&M. I have been wearing it with everything, from high-waisted jeans to camo pants. It has tiny shoulder pads and a hidden quarter zipper in the back, so it appears super-structured (and looks far more expensive than it really is!)”
Anthropologie Paloma Turtleneck Sweater
“I can’t stress how rarely I break from my rotation of blue, black, and green. Something about bright colours just feel too valuable to me. But this turtleneck–which I stumbled upon in among Glamour.com’s shopping roundups–jumped out at me at once. Yes, it’s pink, but with the oversized shape and cool knit pattern, there’s no mistaking it for preppy. It is hella warm, definitely cozy, and gets me no less than four compliments every time I wear it.”
Wilfred Free Lin Sweater
“I love big, cozy turtleneck sweaters but they are not always flattering–sometimes they are too voluminous and can pack up unexpectedly when you try to layer a coat on top. This style from Aritzia includes a high-low hem and side slits that make it easy to move in without giving unwanted volume in the shoulders and waist. From the front, the cut appears slightly cropped and fitted; from the trunk, the extra length offers more protection. I love wearing this with track pants to elevate a casual appearance.”
“I love everything stripes, so this is the perfect turtleneck for me. I bought this one in a size bigger than what I normally wear to make certain that the sleeves are extra-long. For a bit of a 60’s look, I will tuck it into tight, classic jeans and pull my hair into a high ponytail. I think turtlenecks are best styled with the hair pulled off the face.
Philosophy Republic Clothing Long Sleeve Sweater
“I’m pretty sure I have three or four variations of this turtleneck. Every year, right as the temperature starts to dip, I go to TJ Maxx and add a fresh formfitting black turtleneck to my collection, knowing I will wear it under any and every outfit in the upcoming months. I don’t buy ’em everywhere else!”
H&M Cotton Turtleneck Top
“Ever since seeing Funny Face at an impressionable age, Audrey Hepburn’s outfit at the jazz club has lived on like a dream in my heart. If you haven’t seen the film, she wears a black turtleneck, slim cut black pants, and black driving loafers. On Audrey, it appears iconic–and the match of this H&M turtleneck looks lifted from her closet. I have it in black and heather gray, but white is a good option too. Both are super soft, flattering, and appear sophisticated-quirky in the perfect way.”
“This turtleneck is the winter version of my summertime white T-shirts, meaning that I wear it at least twice a week, or even more. It tucks neatly into all of my beloved high-waist skirts but is not overly clingy. And, since it’s so simple, I can easily layer it with more OTT pieces like my favorite winter coat (also from Old Navy). The past soft and stretchy fabric is its best feature–unlike the bulky-yet-cozy sweaters I spare for lounging at home, this turtleneck tee is sleek enough to wear to the office or outside after work.”
Burberry Fiora Check Wool & Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater
“Does this Burberry turtleneck cost more than half of my lease? Yes. However, it’s also a perfect mix of edgy and classic that means I’d wear it for a long time in a timeless cloud of wooly cashmere (it is a blend) chicness. The best part, undoubtedly, is the neck: While many turtlenecks make me feel like I’m being strangled, this one is giving off turtleneck vibes without squeezing your throat, which is a winter win-win.”
“This winter, I am all about the bodysuit. They’re wonderful for layering–things don’t find untucked and bunchy–and they work with just about every rise, from an ultra-high-waisted skirt to a low-slung trouser.
JoosTricot Multi-Color Vertical Stripe Peach Skin Turtleneck
“I love this vintage-inspired knit by JoosTricot. It is soft, comfortable, and graphic. And as a petite, I am particularly into the vertical stripes. I’d wear this with a pair of wide leg cream pants or a pair of vintage Levi’s 501s, classic polished hoops, and a white bootie.”
“These Uniqlo turtlenecks are great for a bunch of reasons. To begin with, they are $15. Second, they’re really warm, but very thin, so that they layer extremely well. Third, they’re very flattering. And finally, they actually last a pretty long time! I usually buy one or two new ones a season, but I have some from 2015 still that are in pretty good shape. For $15, they’re too good of a deal not to get.”
Wolford Merino Rib Pullover
“This fine-rib turtleneck from Wolford is one of my favorites: It is great as a layering piece under a collared shirt, or stand with jeans and a traditional belt for a minimal appearance. Wolford always has them carried in-stores and on the internet, so I can get my hands on another one no matter the time of year. And since it comes in every neutral shade imaginable, I obviously own one in every color.”
Joshua Cooper was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. After high school, he moved to Milan to study fashion design. He travels several times a year back to the states. His favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada (of course) and his favorite series is Halston (a little more under-the-radar but definitely worth a watch). In his spare time, Joshua loves taking care of his two adorable dogs, Coco and Chanel.