How to Actually Look Cool in a Turtleneck

There’s no denying that turtlenecks fall under the category of trickier tops to wear. After all, up until recently, they had a misguided reputation for being frumpy and unflattering. However, when styled right, this cold-weather classic can actually transform your ensemble and—dare we say it?—make you look incredibly cool. Need proof? Scroll down for 21 easy-to-try outfits built around a turtleneck, and shop your favorites at the end! 

Joanna Hillman

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A Love Is Blind

The style director of Harper’s Bazaar wore a white turtleneck with a waffle-knit sweater and an animal-print jacket, producing an enviable layered result.

Jessica Hart

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A Love Is Blind

This Aussie model proved a gray monochrome look is anything but boring.

Anna Ewers

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A Love Is Blind

We love how Ewers’ blonde hair contrasts with her all-black outfit.

Ece Sukan

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Gastro Chic

Style challenge: Layer a turtleneck underneath a floor-length shirtdress and accessorize with a skinny belt and thigh-high boots.

Caroline Issa

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Gastro Chic

Tank Magazine’s chief executive and fashion director shows us how to transition our favorite matching set to fall (and winter).

Ece Sukan

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Style Du Monde

A black-and-white outfit is sure to give your turtleneck the perfect dose of edginess.

Yasmin Sewell

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We The People

This fashion consultant’s knack for mixing and matching style staples is impeccable. We love how she wore her turtleneck over a geometric-print skirt and accessorized with a choker and color-blocked heels.

Joanna Hillman

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Gastro Chic

Wrap a scarf around your turtleneck for an unexpected outfit combination.

Street Style

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Collage Vintage

This look is reminiscent of the Olsens. Translation? Must copy now.

Veronika Heilbrunner

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Vanessa Jackman

We’re quite fond of how the senior fashion editor of Mytheresa.com, Veronika Heilbrunner, teamed her cropped shearling jacket with a tissue-thin turtleneck and black pencil skirt.

Hedvig Sagfjord Opshaug

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The Urban Spotter

For an unstudied vibe, wear a slouchy turtleneck with gaucho pants.

Giovanna Battaglia

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Vanessa Jackman

Layer a turtleneck underneath a double-breasted coat and cinch your waist with a black belt.

Nicole Warne

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Vanessa Jackman

Wear a wintery white coat over a ribbed turtleneck for a ladylike ensemble.

Pernille Teisbaek

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Vanessa Jackman

To get Teisbaek’s look, balance a fitted turtleneck with an oversized blazer and wide-leg trousers.

Nicole Warne

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Vanessa Jackman

Elongate your neck by color-blocking your separates.

Yasmin Sewell

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Vanessa Jackman

Experiment with a turtleneck in a shaggy texture, like mohair.

Laurel Pantin

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Vanessa Jackman

Spice up your knitted turtleneck with a fringe skirt and lace-up heels.

Nadja Bender

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Vanessa Jackman

Going on a bike ride? Try a turtleneck look like this off-duty model!

Katya Riabinkina

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Vanessa Jackman

Punch up a heather gray turtleneck with a black leather skirt.

Giovanna Battaglia

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Vanessa Jackman

Neutralize exotic prints with a solid turtleneck worn underneath.

Miroslava Duma

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Vanessa Jackman

Hop on board the thigh-high boots trend, and wear yours with a turtleneck and printed cardigan for a well-balanced ensemble.