FabSugar: 5 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck

This story is from our partner, FabSugar! Twice a month we’ll share FabSugar’s best fashion tips and shopping guides. Today’s post teaches you how to rock a turtleneck for winter written by Brittney Stephens of FabSugar:

It’s Turtle Time: 5 Ways to Wear a Turtleneck


Turtlenecks may have gotten a bad rap over the years (don’t we all have a childhood memory that involves arguing with our mom about wearing one?) – but if we’ve learned anything from designers like Rachel Comey, BCBG Max Azria, and Altuzarra plus celebs like Steve Jobs and Sharon Stone, it’s that the once-dorky staple is making a very stylish comeback. Whether you opt for a chunky oversize knit, or layer a slim-fitting piece under your warm-weather fare, there are multiple ways to try this trend for Fall. Click through to see and shop five cool, modern ways to wear the classic staple.

Add luxe layers.
Start with wide-legged jeans, and layer up with a fitted white turtleneck and a cropped faux fur vest, then add a pendant necklace and platform loafers.

6797281835:Yahoo:photoVince Turtleneck Tee ($95), Ann Taylor Faux Fur Vest ($198), Mother Denim The Curfew Bell Bottoms ($220), Andrea Valentini Tassel Pendant Necklace ($108), Frye Naiya Kiiltie Platform ($248)

Make a statement.
Yes, you can still rock a statement necklace even if your neck isn’t exposed; chunkier pieces look cool and modern when worn over your turtleneck, especially with a slightly edgy pleated leather skirt and black ankle boots.

6797281893:Yahoo:photoMossimo Striped Turtleneck Tee ($15), Rachel Roy Cluster Necklace ($75), Vince Pleated Leather Skirt ($545), ASOS Block-Heeled Ankle Boots ($87)

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Get “layered” away.
Turtlenecks not only make it possible for you to continue wearing your Summer favorites throughout the Fall, but they can also put a totally new spin on an existing piece. Layer a girlie printed tank dress over a solid turtleneck, then load up on cold-weather staples like tights and a knit hat.

6797281937:Yahoo:photoSplendid Cotton Turtleneck ($52), Quiksilver CBD Dress ($62, originally $88), Charlotte Russe Knit Beret ($10), Rebecca Minkoff Snake Embossed Covet Satchel ($425), Balenciaga Two-Toned Wedges ($495)

Do geek chic.
A thick, chunky turtleneck is perfect for those chilly days lounging at home or running weekend errands. We love this nubby cashmere piece, and the pleated trousers add a relaxed yet polished vibe. Add smoking flats and geek-chic glasses for the perfect casual-cool ensemble.

Inhabit Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater ($710), Full Tilt Preppy Glasses ($10), Opening Ceremony Pleated Trousers ($159), Charles Philip Tassel Loafers ($150)

Mix and match.
Want to add some pop to a wool turtleneck dress? Sparkly statement earrings look great, and will draw even more attention to the chicness of the neckline. Finish the look with a bright envelope clutch and a pair of party-ready ankle booties.


Temperley London Woll Turtleneck Dress ($965), Dana Kellin Oval Earrings ($690), ASOS Faux Snake Clutch ($35), Barneys Co-Op Glitter Ankle Boots ($595)

Which look is your favorite?
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  • Amy Breckenridge

    i don’t know if i could pull off a turtleneck! but i love the first look with the faux fur vest – it’s very cozy chic :)

    hope you had a great birthday, lauren!


  • Kimmy S

    Eek! I remember these things used to strangle me when I was young but I have spotted a few women wearing them and I must say they are incredibly chic! I love these outfit ideas, might have to give the first one a try. Love this!

  • erika heming

    I love the layered look, that is something I would def. wear. Id prolly wear flats though.. I am a complete klutz when it comes to heels!


  • emily dozier

    I wore one yesterday with a vest :-)

    LC, I saw on tv the other day someone wearing a turtleneck under a strapless dress…yes or no? I didn’t think it looked very cute at all but is that in style?


  • Jessica Galfo

    omg I love all of these looks, especially the last one

  • Vanessa Gatlin

    Yay for turtlenecks and ankle booties! For more ideas, read up!: http://cosmo-politique.blogspot.com/2012/02/put-your-best-foot-forwardin-ankle.html

  • May Zayan

    Super cool tips on how to rock the t-neck again – thnx! (and hello! I’m so diggin the necklace/neck accessory look on top! will totally try it!) :)

  • Christine Rosko

    My favorite is definitely Get Layered Away.


  • soupforthegirlysoul

    I love the way these look, I just look so awkward in turtlenecks!



  • Shellz

    I have a love-hate relationship with turtlenecks..sometimes it looks good on me and other times…. it makes me look like a scare crow.. lol


  • Amanda Lehrke

    I need to start wearing turtle necks, they are perfect for work! I love the first and third outfits.


  • Melissa Panici

    My favorite look is the first one! Thanks for the tips:)

  • tinamarie

    enjoyed the tips. i may venture out and buy a turtleneck (:

  • Tiffani Stuart

    LOVE this post!!!

  • Angela Launders

    love the ‘luxe layers’ and ‘get layered away’. living in wisconsin, turtlenecks and heavy layers are a must.

  • Kelsey Dillon

    Love make a statement, it’s perfect.

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  • Suzy Zhang

    i love these pairings!

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  • Vanessa

    The third and fifth ones are adorable

  • robyn e

    I’m absolutely loooving the geek chic!

  • saffy bt

    like the most the pants so sexy to wear it.love all ur taste.thanks for sharing…


    The third one with the dress is my favorite!


  • Melissa mould

    Love the fur gilet, i’ve been layering all my outfits with my big cream fur gilet this winter. Lots of outfit posts on http://www.mediamarmalade.com my UK Style Blog :) x

  • Crystal Posner

    I love the first one and the last one

  • Stephanie

    1 and 3 are my favorites!

  • Monica Cunha

    love the “”get layerd away””… FABULOUS!

  • Rose Andrews

    I really love all of these, especially the mix and match! I love my turtle necks so I’m excited you posted this!

  • Rebekah W

    the third and the last outfit is gorgeous! really love it!



  • Sweetpea

    The Balenciaga wedges at the get layered away look are to die for!!!! My God, I have fallen in love.

  • PavlynGirls

    The Chic Geek look is so perfect for winter wekeends – I love love love it! Such a staple outfit when I’m writing at Starbucks or snuggling up with a good book at home.


  • Maureen Feltz

    Love all of these looks! I need to incorporate more chic turtlenecks back into my wardrobe (after donating some boring ones because they were just so drab). They’re great for winter wear!


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