Before we launch into a list of the many ways we’re looking forwarding to wearing turtlenecks this season, let’s take a moment and honor this oft-criticized, oft-misunderstood item for all it’s been through and all it’s endured over the years. From being accused of solely existing to cover up love bites to being reduced to a Halloween costume that paid tribute to this year’s most imitated and meme-spawning music video, no sweater’s ever had to take so much heat before.
To say that we’re embracing its comeback is an understatement—because who doesn’t love an underdog! Initially reborn as part of this year’s widely adopted ‘70s trend, Nick Jonas at the American Music Awards officially heralds the return of the turtleneck. What once was more geek than chic and more frumpy than fashionable is now accepted by runway and street style squads, and dare we say, mainstream again. Consider for a moment the turtleneck’s versatility—what other wardrobe staple can pull off polished paired with a pencil skirt and bare legs, timeless paired with a bold red lip a la Taylor Swift in her Shake It Off music video, sexy alongside hoop earrings and a slicked back sleek ponytail, and on trend with a suede a-line button front skirt and pointed ankle boot? With textures ranging from tissue thin to ultra chunky, your options are endless, and this is one comeback we think seriously deserves a solid slow clap.