For a while there, turtlenecks got a back seat when fashion industry was talking about the most chic trends. This fall though, it was making a strong comeback on many catwalks such as for Jil Sander, Celine, J. W. Anderson, Marni, Rodarte and Stella McCartney!
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The turtleneck is also called a polo neck, roll-neck and skivvy. The turtleneck garments origin go back to the 18th century and was firstly worn by sailors and athletes. Later, in the 20th century, it was worn by artists and philosophers to make a rebellious statement against wearing a tie. The turtleneck is usually seen as a modest trend that is used for simple and practical layering. Often worn just to protect the upper body and, of course, the neck against low temperatures, but also exposure.
Throughout centuries the turtleneck garments have been mainly worn by men and their ability to add a chic look to any outfit was ignored in women’s fashion for a long time. This autumn, on the other hand, the trend strikes back stronger than ever and not only is seen on the catwalks, but also is making a statement on the streets!
Here is some useful tips on how to wear Fall 2014 trend – the turtleneck!
#1 From The Catwalks
Beige turtleneck worn with embellished coat and matching skirt on Valentino Couture Fall 2014 catwalk!
White turtleneck worn with dogtooth midi skirt and low-heel shoes by Stella McCartney!
Grey oversized turtleneck worn with white mini skirt and tip-toe metallic heels from Sally LaPointe Fall 2014 RTW collection!
The turtleneck was already making a strong comeback on runways for 3.1 Phillip Lim, Missoni and Erdem. For Pre-Fall 2012 they styled it under a jacket, trench or a dress to add a chic touch to the outfits of the collections! This season though, turtlenecks strike a lot stronger and the colours, patterns and textures that it was worn with were a lot wider and bold!
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Turtleneck vest worn under bright and pale colours from Rodarte Fall 2014 RTW collection!
Turtleneck with plaid cape on Celine catwalk!
Symmetric outfit and shoes on J. W. Anderson Fall 2014 RTW catwalk!
Feather dress worn over black turtleneck from Marni A/W 2014/15 collection!
#2 Chic Black
Chic and comfortable outfit from Kittenhood Dress me in: Magnolia Antic. Inspired by Audrey Hepburn from “Funny Face”!
TIP: There are three ways to wear your black turtleneck: either with matching trousers, with a skirt that is colourful or made of different fabric or as a turtleneck dress! Remember to keep the outfit in balance thinking about the colours and the textures – black close to body turtleneck sweater balances jeans or skirts and trousers in any print, pattern or textile! Add matching shoes, bag, jacket/coat and jewellery depending on your style, mood of the outfit and the event you are attending!
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Black turtleneck worn with tulle skirt and tip-toe ankle boots!
Black turtleneck sweater worn with printed pencil skirt and ankle boots!
#3 Pure White
Pure white turtleneck worn with printed skirt and golden accessories by The Sartorialist!
TIP: Pure white turtlenecks mainly works the same way as black, since they both balance colours, prints and patterns! They also work perfectly together – monochrome trend! Keep in mind that white shows your curves in a completely different way than black does and is making a lot milder statement! Try all white, mixing with Fall 2014 bright, jewel, neutral and soft tones or monochrome!
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White turtleneck worn with chic black midi skirt, matching shoes, bag and sunglasses! Swap high heel sandals to boots for the autumn weather!
Aritzia Montpellier turtleneck sweater and silk slip!
#4 Brighter Colours
Bright coloured oversized turtleneck worn with black skinny jeans and ankle boots for a autumn smart casual look!
Miroslava Duma in bright yellow, oversized, cabled sweater and pleaded pants on Paris Fashion Week!
TIP: Wearing a bright coloured turtleneck is a brilliant way to stand out this fall! Wear it with black or white trousers, skirts jackets/coats or dresses if feeling more modest! Try layering with bright colours, prints and patterns when feeling more daring! Add other Fall 2014 and A/W 2014/15 trends to look even more chic and trendy! Choose shoes, bag and jewellery that match with your style and mood of the outfit!
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Red turtleneck worn with high-waist jeans and plaid sneakers!
Blue turtleneck worn with stripes and leather trousers!
#5 Modest Grey
Oversized grey turtleneck and matching hat worn with midi skirt, matching ankle boots worn with socks and plaid bag from Paris Fashion Week!
TIP: Choose your turtleneck in grey when your style is more reserved in the fall season or you are trying to pull of a stylish, but modest look that doesn’t stand out for it’s striking colours! Think about keeping the colour scheme in neutral tones, but add soft tones or metallic with the key pieces when wanting to add a little extra to your outfit!
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Striped turtleneck with midi skirt and tights!
TIP: Stripes are fashionable any season! The trend suits perfectly with turtlenecks, especially in monochrome colours! Mix it with other prints, patterns and colours when feeling more daring! Keep the monochrome vibe when wishing to make a sophisticated with a touch of minimal and classic statement!
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Striped turtleneck worn under white turtleneck sweater and golden jewellery!
Layer your turtleneck sweater and a coat with white shirt to add the formal touch to your outfit! Try layering white turtleneck instead of the shirt!
TIP: Turtlenecks are mainly worn when layered with jackets, coats and dresses! Try wearing your white turtleneck instead of white shirt under the sweater! Layer turtleneck with another turtleneck when feeling more daring! Try mixing all sorts of trends, prints, patterns, fabrics and colours when layering garments with turtleneck! It is a trendy, but comfortable and practical garment that can replace button ups and scarves!
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Beige turtleneck worn under white shirt and again beige coat! Great example of how to layer the other way around!
Pure white turtleneck worn with matching sunglasses! Perfect for the A/W season!
Wear different necklaces on your turtleneck to add a chic touch to your outfit! Match the necklaces with your coat, bag or other jewellery your are wearing. Keep in mind, it is better not to wear big earrings and watch/bracelet when wearing a statement necklace on your turtleneck!
Wear statement watch/bracelets that match with your bag when choosing to wear an oversized turtleneck!
TIP: When wearing a close to body turtleneck on its own or layering it with other garments, necklaces, watches, bracelets and rings are the perfect jewellery to choose! Make sure they match your style and the mood of the outfit! Keep the outfit balanced and remember that less is more! Earrings worn should be small and modest! Try matching sunglasses to add a fun and fashionable touch to your outfit! Sunglasses are also very practical on a bright winter day!
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Feeling more daring and feel that “less is more” doesn’t work for you? Layer and accessorise up!
Chic black turtleneck worn with matching cat wing sunglasses! Add red lipstick to finish the look!
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