I’ve always thought of turtlenecks as being one of the more … oppressive articles of clothing. In addition to having a fabric chokehold around your neck, turtlenecks cover so much skin that they’ve always struck me as being totally boring. Plus, I grew up on Southern California, where denim shorts with Ugg boots is more typical of winter fashion. So yeah, for the better part of my life, I could give a shit about turtlenecks — but then I moved to the East Coast and had to start dressing for actual real cold winters, and my outlook shifted the more my teeth chattered. And as for being boring? Hardly. Turtlenecks are actually an amazing layering piece for when you want to be especially warm, and they help “winterize” certain pieces in your wardrobe that you maybe thought you could only wear during summer. So, in short, turtlenecks are remarkably versatile snuggly straight jackets and you should totally get one. Like the one above from J. Crew! Once you do, here are three outfits to inspire you! [Turtleneck: $34.50, J. Crew
At some point a few years ago, I stopped wearing turtlenecks. I’m not sure what it was, but I’m officially rescinding my turtleneck prohibition. A turtleneck sweater — with or without a cowl — is a flattering fit that highlights your cheekbones and does that delicate trick of being sexy but not revealing. Plus, they’re really, really warm, which is kind of at a premium right now. After the jump, 10 terrific turtlenecks, to keep you covered.
The death of Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, has brought mourners and techno-philes to pay their respects at Apple stores around the globe. But there’s been one reaction in the past 24 hours that I never would have expected: St. Croix mock turtlenecks, which Jobs loved and was oft-photographed wearing, has seen an “almost 100 percent increase in sales” overnight. In response, St. Croix told TMZ it is planning a memorial to their unlikely brand ambassador, which is quite sweet. Says a St. Croix rep, “We have a great respect for everything he did and we’re glad he believed in our American-made product.” [TMZ]
A St. Croix turtleneck is one way to pay homage to the inventor of the Mac. But if you’re looking to rock a Steve Jobs look with a perhaps more feminine slant, I’ve rounded up some cute, ready-for-fall turtlenecks at all price points. All of them, it goes without saying, look good with an iPod.