20 Nov 2016

The Turtleneck: One Piece I Can’t Live Without

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I Don’t Want TO live without my turtleneck sweaters in the winter months.

They are the one sweater I replace year after year and they are the piece I always pack in my get-away bag.

The last few weekends we have been venturing out and enjoying the English countryside; the turtleneck has been in my bag each time. I have worn it with my Capri woollen pants, my leather leggings and even under my sweater dress when the temperatures were much lower than expected.


Ever since my first viewing of Funny Face and my last of Something’s Gotta Give I have been a fan.

I know when I wear a turtleneck I feel quite put together and when I don’t know what top to wear, it is an easy choice.


(Between us, I also like the turtleneck style because it covers the neck – don’t get me started about the neck, a conversation for another day – but I do appreciate the high rolling nature of this cover-all jumper.)


I like the way a turtleneck flatters the jaw line and whether hair is short or long it adds a defining line.


The turtleneck sweater has been a wardrobe staple for so many years.

I think of the many iconic women photographed by the legends in their roll necks. Simplicity and elegance are the words I would use to describe the way this sweater compliments an outfit; think all black with slim fitting pants, a fine or generous turtleneck (depending on the occasion) and your favourite shoes. An easy win/win look with pumps, flats or booties.


There is something quite youthful and smart about a turtleneck.


When in doubt look no further. This turtleneck is our true fashion friend. xv.



The Can’t-Live-Without Turtleneck

eileen fisher turtleneck   //  ***halogen long sleeve  //  press drape knit



**joseph high neck sweater  //  joseph roll neck merino  //  brunello cucinelli roll neck cashmere



images, ola rudnicka and michelle dockery by boo george for vogue china

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10 Comments

Stephanie

Vicki,
After a blustery hail in the morning…snow in the afternoon I truly appreciate this post…It’s time to get out my turtlenecks! :) The past couple of seasons I have purged all of my turtlenecks and have kept only the cashmere ones. The wool turtlenecks just seem to “thick” around the neck. I still love the silhouette of a v neck sweater on my body though I noticed a new crop of wrinkles popping up…:) Thank you for the post and it looks like winter has arrived in Minnesota! :)❤️

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Linda B

I love turtlenecks too! In my rather temperate but still chilly in the mornings climate, I found last winter that a thin weight one from J Crew was perfect, and recently bought a few more for this year. My favorites are the black (of course) and one in a gorgeous shade of cinnamon. Great to layer or on their own.

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Candice

I remember as a young woman, being told by an older woman, that turtlenecks would be my best friend some day LOL … she was right.

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Susie

Love this post. My very chic 40 yr. old daughter used to say that turtlenecks looked like something an old lady would wear – REALLY??? Well, after seeing me in my black t’neck – the next time she stopped by she was wearing a beautiful black t’neck from Banana Republic, tight jeans, high heel booties and a leather motor jacket. I guess she can still learn a thing or two from Mom!

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Victoria Ballinger

I have just bought a cashmere black turtle neck and I have another 3 in different colours. So easy to wear and so warm in this awful British climate!

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Anita Rivera

Oh, you just reminded me that as we are out today at the Mall of America, I must pick up a turtleneck or two; I had to throw out the two I loved and wore down to a numb! In the winter months, I too live in my turtlenecks. From under a jacket, a jumper or with jeans, these are the essential, quintessential article of clothing I can wear as a teacher. Not only are they warm, but are they ever classy! Thanks again Vicki for the inspiration!

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Michele

I am in constant search of a turtleneck that stays high and tight on the neck. I have even imagined inventing a turtleneck with places for stays to keep the neck from rolling down or stretching out. Years ago I found a Donna Karan Black Label at a deep discount that has forever ruined me for anything less. Any suggestions?

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