Turtlenecks have kind of gotten a bad rap for being the wardrobe go-to for dads, creeps, and Trekkies—but dig a little deeper, and you’ll see the high-necked style has proved itself a staple in some of the most interesting style choices in history. From the groovy Marcia Brady–esque turtleneck sweaters of the ’60s and ’70s to Steve Jobs‘s iconic black mock turtleneck to Drake‘s recent notorious (and coveted) gray turtleneck from the “Hotline Bling” video, there’s no denying the versatility and style potential of the turtleneck.
With this in mind, I picked up a gray turtleneck sweater of my own with the goal to wear it as much as possible for the next week. How many ways could I style this winter staple before I got tired of it? The possibilities proved to be endless, as I actually proceeded to wear it to work for a week straight. In fact, it even inspired me to delve deep into my closet for summer favorites that could suddenly be converted to cheeky winter looks with the help of my cozy turtleneck.
Here, five versatile ways to wear a turtleneck that are anything but basic.
I started out with a basic knit gray turtleneck from H&M ($24.99), then paired it with a full black skirt (similar style here) and a pair of ladylike kitten heels (similar style here) for a retro-inspired look.
Day two of the turtleneck took a moodier turn with my Wednesday Addams–esque look. I layered it under a versatile black slip dress (so '90s!) from Aritzia ($75) and a pair of heeled, lace-up oxfords from ASOS ($80.62). A cheeky hair bow ($10) from American Apparel and a vintage top-handle handbag (similar style here) completed my outfit.
Winter might be here, but that doesn't mean that I'm ready to give up my summer clothes just yet. I paired my favorite polka-dotted two-piece set from Reformation ($198) with the ever-present turtleneck, then added a pair of bright suede ankle pumps ($51) from ASOS for a pop of color.
Thursday was by far the coldest day of the week, so I stayed cozy with a tomboyish (and, more importantly, warm) look. I layered a cropped sweatshirt from Opening Ceremony ($115) over the turtleneck and added a pair of Re/Done high-rise jeans ($258). A pair of loafers (similar style here) grounded the look.
I had a holiday party to go to after work on Friday, so I kept things festive with a beaded dress from Free People (similar style here). Black opaque tights from DKNY ($14.50), ankle boots from Pour la Victoire ($295), and of course, the omnipresent turtleneck completed the look.