With every new season comes the opportunity to get creative and refresh your staple pieces. The air is getting cooler and fall is almost officially here, so it’s time to revamp your wardrobe. A turtleneck is an ultimate closet essential. If you think the basic garment is too plain for your eccentric style, think again. The black turtleneck ruled the runways for fall 2012. Jason Wu, Donna Karan, Milly and Rag & Bone were just a few of the shows that highlighted this item made popular by beatniks, Audrey Hepburn and computer mogul, the late Steve Jobs.
The simplicity of a black turtleneck allows you to create layered looks and accessorize with bold items. Here are five ways to wear a black turtleneck:
- Keep it casual by pairing a black turtleneck with jeans and flats. Layer on some scarves.
- Funk it up by adding edgy accessories, such as two-tone heels or boots, and a leather jacket. Pump up the volume on your make-up. Consider wearing a smokey eye but instead of black, add some color.
- Stay classy by adding pronounced, timeless pieces to a tailored look. Keep the hair and makeup understated.
- Add a turtleneck to a vintage jumper, dress or skirt. Be inspired by retro hair-dos and makeup. Wear Mary Jane pumps, stilettos or chunky boots to keep the look modern.
- Be up to your neck in glamour. For a covered-up, luxurious look, pair a turtleneck with a long skirt and strong statement jewelry. Or slip a turtleneck under a maxi and add a belt. Opt for a bold lip and a Hollywood glam hairstyle with this look.
The black turtleneck is a great investment piece for fall; it keeps you warm and chic. Try one of these looks or use these ideas for inspiration to create your own turtleneck ensemble. Neutral colored turtlenecks are wonderful because you can coordinate them with several items already in your wardrobe but if you want a challenge, try forming different looks with a bold colored turtleneck, such as purple, magenta or cobalt blue.
How will you wear your turtleneck this fall?
Model: Karen, Styling and Photos by Kimberly Lewis