How To Not Look Stupid In: A Turtleneck

Update your wardrobe with the one item you had forever banished from your closet way back when.

Jan 2, 2012 at 11:00am | Leave a comment

OK, so I know what you might be thinking (probably something along the lines of "Eww is he serious?! Old, dowdy, unflattering TURTLENECKS?!? I think not!") but hear me out and you'll be singing a different tune by the end of this article.

Firstly, forget the Steve Jobs look (RIP) or the bulky 90s mom image you associate with this type of knit and start thinking thin, clingy, close to the body cotton or cashmere pieces.

It would be weird to qualify this as a trend due to its basic nature, but I swear it's not my imagination, they are suddenly popping up everywhere (Céline! Jil Sander! Alexander Wang! BCBG! Costume National!).

Even the New York Times has deemed the subject important enough to discuss its resurgence (I hate to say it, but we've been working on this post BEFORE it appreared in the Times! This just proves how right I always am -- ha).

But for real, it actually is the perfect piece to stay warm in while conveying a polished image, as well as simultaneously serving as the ideal layering base.

Exibit A, courtesy of the reigning queen of minimalism, Pheobe Philo at Céline:

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 Exibit B: I summoned our super cute staffers to demonstrate how it's done:

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And don't you worry, I've done the weed work for ya: yonder are some white turtlenecks at every price point so that you too can look as awesome as Julie, Madeline, Hélène and Emily.

And if you're a little concerned, here's a tip: Keep it simple and stick with a neutral color, as it will go with everything. Put your hair up for maximum neck elongation. Now let me know what you think and if you'll be embracing this new trend!

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