These Outfits Prove Turtlenecks Aren’t As Boring As We Once Thought

Call me crazy but more and more frequently I seem to referencing my granny’s style when it comes to new season fashion choices. There are many wonderful things about my granny but with all due respect, her status as a fashion icon will come as a surprise to many, including herself. 

It started with the pearls whose comeback is no secret for 2018. Then I began noticing her vast collection of cardigans (more on this trend obsession later) but most recently it’s been the good old fashioned turtlenecks that have caught my eye. Once I’d clocked my granny’s stylish tendencies towards the turtleneck, it was like I couldn’t escape them. Maxine Eggenberger, former fashion news editor at Look magazine (also one of the youngest editor-in-chiefs in industry history) started featuring the turtleneck in her famous and frequently bookmarked outfit flatlays as well as within her own #OOTD posts on Instagram. The street style stars weren’t far behind in making the trend their own and before I knew it, I couldn’t imagine how my new season wardrobe would cope without them.

Instagram / @maxfasheditor

With turtlenecks on the brain, it got me thinking, it’s time we released the turtleneck from the shackles of boring connotations, rid the idea that they’re reserved for the wardrobes of our grandmothers and welcomed them into 2018 with open arms. 

The trick in making turtlenecks cool again? Make like an onion and get layering. Need some further encouragement? We checked in with the influencers to find out how they’re styling turtlenecks to stay on trend for 2018.

All black everything

Ease yourself into the trend with an all black ensemble. Black skinnies, sock boots, gold earrings and a red lip – no one will ever know the trend originated from a love of granny chic. 

Instagram / @emmahill
High Neck Sweater, £49 at & Other Stories
Super Skinny Leggins, £19.50 at M&S

Bold colours and chunky knits

Is there anything better than snuggling into a chunky knit turtleneck? Plus the bold colours mean you don’t have to worry about makeup stains along the neckline. Gross but true.

Instagram / @sincerelyjules
Chunky knit sweater, £49.99 at Mango

Incorporate the classics

Before temperatures start dropping too dramatically, update your favourite jeans and t-shirt combos with a turtleneck and blazer. Checked patterns will keep the look smart while a velvet blazer will give plenty of luxe vibes. 

Straight leg jeans and standout boots will show the world that you and your turtleneck mean business.

Instagram / @lucywilliams02
Pure Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper, £89 at Marks and Spencers
White Leather Look Kitten Heel Boots, £19.49 at New Look

Embrace every element of granny chic 

Now that you’ve warmed yourself up to the turtleneck trend, incorporate other elements of the granny chic trend into your look. Keep chunky cardigans looking fresh, layered over a turtleneck, paired with jeans and statement heels.

Instagram / @lornaluxe
Wool Blend Cardigan, £69 at & Other Stories
Fitted Merino Wool Turtleneck, £45 at & Other Stories
Niamh Crawford-Walker

Niamh is a freelance writer covering fashion, beauty and lifestyle articles. Her work has appeared in IMAGE magazine, image.ie and Emirates Woman. Niamh is also a blogger at niamhserena.co.uk and podcast host of Werkin’ On It.

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