12 Turtleneck Outfits That Elevate the Timeless Cozy Staple for Any Occasion

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Few pieces are as versatile and foundational to a cold-weather capsule wardrobe as the turtleneck. Turtlenecks are as polished and sleek as they are practical, ideal for layering, and effective at adding warmth. The allure of this classic piece lies in its air of subtle mystery—to wear a turtleneck is to exude sophisticated confidence. Historically, turtlenecks have served as signature staples for icons including Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy, Mick Jagger, The Beatles, Audrey Hepburn, Steve Jobs—who famously owned hundreds of the same black Issey Miyake turtlenecks—and Phoebe Philo. Given how iconic and timeless the turtleneck is, it's no wonder that there are countless ways to reimagine the piece to fit your style and agenda. Ahead, see 12 turtleneck outfit formulas that are as chic as they are utilitarian, complete with product picks.

All That Glitters

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On many of the spring 2024 runways, sequins and metallics caught the lights. For an evening out, layer a glitzy, sequin-covered dress over a sheer, fitted turtleneck. Finish the look with even more gleaming details—molten cuffs, oversized hoops, and a moonbeam-y silver bag.

Layer It On

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Turtlenecks are, first and foremost, powerful insulators. Think of a turtleneck as a coat of paint, and use it as the base to several layers of varying textures and colors. There are enough iterations of this concept—using elements like sheer skirts, trousers, cashmere sweaters, button-downs, blazers, and dresses—to wear a different combination every single day. Consider also layering jewelry (i.e. a cuff or a chain-link necklace) over the fabric of your turtleneck for a personalized look.

Dressed to the Nines

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A floor-length turtleneck dress is a sleek, easy day-to-night staple. Keep things simple in a slinky, elongated dress, kitten heels or ballet flats, and a pair of bold earrings.

Belt Out Loud

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Denim on denim is perpetually in. Break up an all-blue ensemble with a turtleneck, a handbag, and a polished belt. For a more intentional silhouette, look for a jacket that’s either tapered at the waist (which is trending at the moment) or cinched by an attached belt—you can switch out or add a belt of your choosing.

Twice as Nice

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Wearing pants under a skirt is a cheat code during transitional seasons. Pair an asymmetrical skirt with slim-fitting knit pants or trousers and a semi-slouchy turtleneck to create a practical yet intentional ensemble.

Work It Out

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Whether you’re heading to a barre class or out for a walk, refine your activewear look by wearing easygoing joggers over a fitted turtleneck, paired with a chic pair of ballet flats or slingback heels for a put-together feel.

Night Sky

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Wear a pleated mini skirt with a fitted turtleneck, semi-opaque tights, and pumps for a sophisticated all-black outfit that provides an alternative to an LBD.

Great Lengths

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The no-pants trend is still reigning supreme, and it works for every season. Style a pair of cashmere or knit micro-shorts with semi-opaque stockings, an oversized, lengthy turtleneck, a leather jacket or trench coat worn open, and loafers.

Fifty Shades

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For an instantly put-together turtleneck outfit, choose a color (or pattern) and run with it: Layer monotone pieces of varying silhouettes, and break things up ever so slightly with a statement accessory.

Trail Blazers

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Wear a turtleneck instead of—or layered under—a button-down, then pair it with a blazer and a mini skirt or trousers. Accessorize with a long scarf and silver jewelry.

High Contrast

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We love the idea of pairing a form-fitting turtleneck with more voluminous tailored separates, as the contrast creates a put-together statement. Lean into the quiet luxury energy by pairing the ensemble with understated accessories.

Pop of Red

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Bring the pop of red theory to the office: Pair a cool-toned suit or an oversized blazer, worn as a dress, with a slim-fitting turtleneck in a bright, warm shade of red. Finish the look with tights and a briefcase.

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