The Classic Turtleneck

According to Refinery 29, the first turtlenecks appeared sometime between the 13th and 15th centuries. As one source on Medieval history reports, high-collared garments were a part of the men’s overcoats and served to protect his body from armor worn over them, such as breastplates and heavy metal objects. Thankfully, today, we don’t have to worry about battle outfits. Dressing for  day at the office or luncheon with the girls is about as tough as modern day society gets.


Audrey Hepburn in a classic black turtleneck

Martin Grant delivers the prime example of how the turtle neck can be dressed up for a night time event, yet displays categories of soft, playful textures. Look how the turtle neck can be tucked in to a high waisted, A-line skirt. Classic, conservative yet elegant.


Martin Grant, Pre Fall 2015, available on

MM6 Maison Martin Margiela’s cropped wool turtleneck sweater from Net-A-Porter (below) illustrates the ability of the turtleneck to create a sexy edge as well as a classic black aura of sophistication. An ever-so-subtle split in the cropped turtle gives just enough breathing room before we continue to eye the outfit head to toe. A playful peek of the midriff here is the perfect balance from the high necked sweater, long sleeves and long baggy pants.



MM6 Maison Margiela. Crop wool turtleneck sweater $263, available on Net-A-Porter.

The Turtleneck, like anything , has indeed evolved over time. Such example is the turtle midi dress shown below. It is a modern twist on what once was a traditional, conventional item of clothing. Today’s trends and fashion know no limits. Just do bear the following in mind:

  • If your chosen sweater is bulky on top, opt for a tighter look below waist such as leggings, skinny jeans or, my all time favourite, pencil skirt.
  • Try sweep your hair up and back off the face. Tie it in a severe pony tail, or wear up in a messy bun on top. Because the turtle neck is by its very nature a neck clinger, allow it it’s platform.
  • Avoid fussiness and excess accessories around the head and neck; no long drop earrings, no neck scarves and steer clear of hats in my opinion.



Tibi. Turtleneck merino wool midi dress, $417 available also from Net-A-Porter.

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