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On Our Radar: The Return of the Turtleneck

Apparel, Featured, Most Wanted, What's Trending  /   /  By Sarah Wetmore

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.

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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.

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Shop styles by J. Crew, Banana Republic, and Zara. Or browse a collection of our favorites it knits, here.

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  1. Paula Spoonire February 3, 2016 at 7:41 AM

    I would luv to wear the handbag cross body with pin stripe suite with turtle neck I think that would be a very pretty !!!

  2. ElIzabeth Loeblich February 8, 2016 at 3:39 PM

    It’s going to go great with my tweed suit and a pale sand colored turtleneck! Terrific look!

  3. Juanita Mowery February 10, 2016 at 11:38 AM

    This rust colored handbag will set off my style with a short brown leather jacket that has a small collar, a lightweight tan turtle neck shirt and a pair of boot cut black jeans and rust colored short
    top boots. This style would be swell for work or play and be the hit of the day!!

  4. Pamela Nichols February 22, 2016 at 5:53 AM

    Men’s shirt , short skirt, high heels, and pearls, lace gloves. ????

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