We’re always surprised by how polarizing the turtleneck can be. One quick sweep on the internet and you’ll swiftly see that this versatile sweater is loved by many (ahem, us) and loathed by others—but we totally get it. If styled a particular way turtlenecks can create unflattering silhouettes reminiscent of elementary school portraits. That being said, in an effort to prove their worth, we culled five creative, no-frills approaches to utilizing the secret weapon of layering that you can wear this week and beyond. Scroll down to see these easy outfit ideas and shop the pieces you don’t already own.
#1: Opt for Outerwear
For chilly days when you want to feel polished (aka not schlep around in a parka) wear two outerwear pieces—a wrap coat and a blazer—and layer a thin turtleneck underneath to tie the look together.
#2: Party On
Don’t pigeonhole your party top. Instead, pair it with a turtleneck to transition the piece to daytime. Style with a leather jacket and printed midi skirt for a top-notch outfit you can wear from work to weekend.
#3: Dressed Up
You’d be pleasantly surprised by how many of the dresses hanging in your closet could easily be worn year round with the simple addition of a turtleneck; add your favorite accessories and off you go.
#4: It Takes Two
Toss a chunky knit over a thin turtleneck and wear with laid-back separates like leather trousers and high-top sneakers. Bonus points if you do it with monochrome hues.
#5: Style a Silhouette
Create the illusion of a plunging neckline by wearing a turtleneck with a button-down shirt and leave the first few undone. It’ll elongate your torso and keep you warm all at once.