The "Boring" Winter Top Your Grandma Wore Is Cool Again—Here's How to Style It

Updated 04/29/19

Though it gets a bad reputation for being boring, the modest turtleneck is actually probably the easiest way to make a simple outfit look more creative. How? You just have to make like an onion and learn how to layer it in unexpected ways, but we realize that's easier said than done. If you're wondering how to wear a turtleneck while still making it feel fresh and on trend, you're in the right place.

Now that the weather is cooling off, we took a look through some of our favorite fashion influencer and tastemaker accounts on Instagram to see how they've been styling their turtlenecks this season. Ready to spice up sweater weather with some turtlenecks? Scroll through the nine stylish outfits below to start planning your workweek looks. 

Wear Your Turtleneck With… A LONG-SLEEVE DRESS

How to Wear a Turtleneck

When it comes to office-appropriate pieces, it doesn't get much more on-point than a turtleneck, but if you want to spice things up a little, try layering a dress over it. We love the idea of a loose-fitting khaki dress so you can shrug up the sleeves and show off the turtleneck underneath. Then add a pair of fun earrings for a pop of extra shine. This will also extend the shelf life of your favorite lightweight dresses since you'll be able to stay warm with layers, too. 

Micromodal Rib Turtleneck
ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Micromodal Rib Turtleneck $165
Pearl-embellished Ruched Cotton Mini Dress
Carven Pearl-Embellished Ruched Cotton Mini Dress $690
Link Gold-tone Earrings
Laura Lombardi Link Gold-Tone Earrings $95

Wear Your Turtleneck With... ALL THE CLASSICS

Turtleneck Outfit Ideas

Since it's not too cold out yet, you don't have to pile on that many layers. Give your basic jeans and tee combination a seasonal update with a tight, tucked-in turtleneck shirt, a plaid blazer, some classic denim pants, and some booties. If you want to look more polished, try adding a leather belt and top-handle bag.  

Floria Long Sleeve Lightweight Turtleneck Top $12
Caldwell Dickey Checked Cotton-blend Blazer
Veronica Beard Caldwell Dickey Checked Cotton-Blend Blazer $650
Light Denim Mom Jeans
Topshop Light Denim Mom Jeans $70

Wear Your Turtleneck With… RETRO-INSPIRED NEUTRALS

White Turtleneck Outfits

Before you start putting those miniskirts away, take notes from the fall-ready outfit above. There's nothing quite like a miniskirt and matching long coat to turn heads. We love the retro-inspired cardigan layered over the crisp white turtleneck and the on-trend belt bag to finish things off. Though there are a lot of working parts and everything looks cohesive and polished thanks to the tight color scheme. 

Sailor Cardigan
3.1 Phillip Lim Sailor Cardigan $395
H&M Wool Coat $200
Redvalentino - Houndstooth Wool Blend Mini Skirt - Womens - Camel
Red Valentino Houndstooth Wool Blend Mini Skirt $350

Wear Your Turtleneck With… ALL-BLACK, EVERYTHING

Black Turtleneck Outfits

There's nothing wrong with wearing an all-black outfit. In fact, it's sartorial perfection if you know how to keep things interesting with the right accessories and contrasting textures. We love this high-impact tight black turtleneck with an edgy leather moto jacket and simple black jeans. The layered dainty necklaces on over the shirt add just the right amount of refinement. 

Oliver Cotton-jersey Turtleneck Top
Madewell Oliver Cotton-Jersey Turtleneck Top $35
Mango Zipped Biker Jacket $30
14k Gold Super Tiny Disc Necklace
Adina Reyter 14k Gold Super Tiny Disc Necklace $275

Wear Your Turtleneck With… A CHUNKY NECKLACE

How to Accessorize a Turtleneck

Here's another outfit that makes a strong case for pulling your necklaces outside of your shirt. It introduces a sophisticated (though slightly offbeat and unexpected) touch to the pared-down Canadian tuxedo look. Add a short-sleeved chambray button-up for more dimension. 

Enza Costa Ribbed Fitted Turtleneck Top $145
Central Shirt
Madewell Central Shirt $75
Gold-plated Necklace
J.W.Anderson Gold-Plated Necklace $525

Wear Your Turtleneck With… A SUIT AND SNEAKERS

Turtleneck Outfits

Not sure what to wear to work this season? When in doubt, wear a solid suit with a thin turtleneck top, and then make it a little funkier by adding a belt bag and some comfortable sneakers. It's both professional, youthful, and oh so practical. 

Banana Republic Machine-Washable Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater $68
Lubo Waist Bag in Lilac
Nanushka Lubo Waist Bag in Lilac $385
Women's Esplar Leather Sneakers-White Size 5
Veja Esplar Leather Sneakers-White $120

Wear Your Turtleneck With… 50% CLASSICS AND 50% OFFBEAT TRENDS

Are Turtlenecks in Style 2018

The bike short trend has been cropping up all over Instagram and fashion week street style looks this season. While it's probably not everyone's cup of tea, we're here for this aesthetic (think boardroom meets '90s gymnastics tournament). The sporty yet flirty vibe of bike shorts will balance out the polished feel of a blazer while the top-handle bag adds some girly-girl flair. If you don't want to be this experimental, try a pencil skirt or loose Bermuda shorts. 

Anna Rachele Leopard T-Shirt $104
Mango Essential Structured Blazer $40
Medium Platano and Napa Top Handle Bag
Hunting Season Medium Platano and Napa Top Handle Bag $560


How to Layer a Turtleneck

Printed turtlenecks with whimsical patterns and splashes of color are probably the easiest way to switch things up. We love how this outfit gives the super-feminine print a twist with edgy leather pants and an oversize button-down shirt. 

Vivetta Floral Turtleneck $97
J.Crew Relaxed Boy Shirt in Cotton Linen $50
High Waist Faux Leather Skinny Pants
Tinsel High Waist Faux Leather Skinny Pants $55


How to Wear a Turtleneck Sweater

Opt for turtleneck in a bold primary color and then tuck it into a classic pair of neutral trousers. We love how this outfit really owns the "ugly sneaker" trend and even emphasizes it further by showing off those bright white socks. A plaid blazer or coat will tie everything together nicely. 

Banana Republic Threadsoft Turtleneck T-Shirt $50
Zara Plaid Tweed Coat $119
Noma Wool-blend Straight-leg Pants
Totême Noma Wool-Blend Straight-Leg Pants $280

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