It's not every day we're blessed with celebrity outfit inspo that's stylish but also easy to copy. Cue the turtleneck shirt—the unsung wardrobe essential that everyone from the Jenners and the Hadids to Chrissy Teigen and Priyanka Chopra has doubled down on this winter.
The affordable classic has outlived tons of trends—it dates back to the Middle Ages—and lives on in everything from Audrey Hepburn–inspired Pinterest boards to Andy Warhol tribute costumes. Sure, the chunky, wooly turtleneck is a look unto itself, but for everyday wear, brands have modernized the silhouette into so-called tissue turtlenecks, turning the staple into an elegant, skin-skimming top that can be as fashion-forward as it is functional.
Whether tucked into black skinny jeans, paired with leather trousers, or styled under a dress, celebrities are proving the tissue turtleneck is a breathable, comfortable basic that belongs in everyone's wardrobe. From Katie Holmes’s easy spring styling hack to Gigi Hadid's modern take on suit separates, consider this a master class in layering a turtleneck shirt. Load up on this affordable basic, and you'll never have to worry about "not having anything to wear" again.
Not-So-Boring Black Turtleneck
Emily Ratajowski (unsurprisingly) managed to make dog walking look fashionable in an updated Canadian tuxedo. She kept her outfit understated yet cool by pairing a black turtleneck with a shearling-lined denim jacket and straight-leg jeans tucked into slouchy leather boots.
Chrissy Teigen's statement look is so on trend but also super easy to do yourself. All you need is a leather coat, animal-print boots, and a black turtleneck to anchor everything.
It wouldn't be a Bella Hadid–approved turtleneck if it weren't cropped. In this look she's pulling off three trends at once: denim on denim, a leather blazer, and a fitted black turtleneck.
The queen of athleisure does it again. J.Lo wore her fitted black turtleneck with baggy leather trousers, crisp white sneakers, a Chanel belt, and a matching black duster.
$37.00, J. Crew
Winter White Turtleneck
Few looks rival Katie Holmes's cashmere bra and cardigan combo heard ’round the world, but this Khaite top comes close. The actor perfectly demonstrated how to make a white turtleneck feel modern while getting you extra mileage on your button-ups.
Gigi Hadid was spotted on date night with Zayn Malik in a look that proves a white turtleneck can keep separates looking fresh, not fussy. She may have been wearing a pistachio-hued suit, but the model kept her overall vibe casual by wearing sneakers instead of heels.
Look to Priyanka Chopra for foolproof 9-to-5 outfit inspiration. The J Sister kept things elegant by tucking a fitted white turtleneck into a billowy striped midi skirt. Just add a pair of tights and swap out the Gianvito Rossi heels for some ankle booties and you're good to go even in the dead of winter.
Anything but Basic Turtleneck
Selena Gomez has been blessing us with outfit inspiration all season long (did you see her Mango coat?!), and her turtleneck game is equally noteworthy. If you're stocked up on solid-color turtlenecks, a printed one is an especially chic way to lighten up dreary winter days. Gomez paired her snake-print top from Leset with an American Eagle teddy jacket while out in L.A., but you can easily layer yours under a sweater or a blazer for an office-friendly look.
Another day, another Jenner in a turtleneck. During a shopping trip in NYC, Kendall Jenner wore a baby blue turtleneck under an open shirt jacket, proving the style works in any color.
A mesh leopard-print top isn't for the faint of heart, but it can feel like a basic if you tone everything down around it. By pairing her Callipygian turtleneck with dark-wash jeans and sleek black pumps, Kourtney Kardashian kept things looking sophisticated (albeit still NSFW).
Last but not least, leave it to Victoria Beckham to come up with a brilliant combo that'll help keep your spring dresses in rotation all year long. Queen VB layered a burgundy turtleneck under a silk print dress in an outfit that strikes the right balance between sophisticated and comfortable.
$60.00, Lou & Grey
Originally Appeared on Glamour