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How To Wear A Turtleneck Right Now In 4 It-Girl-Approved Outfits

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Steve Jobs wore it for pure practicality, Audrey Hepburn transformed it into a polished staple; and Pheobe Philo made it unabashedly cool; the humble turtleneck has wormed its way into our collective cultural memory. But, this winter wardrobe staple isn't just relegated to the past, it can serve as the anchor to a modern winter look. In fact, you'll find that when it comes winter layering, mastering how to wear a turtleneck will make all the difference in pulling together a cozy-chic look. No matter if you're into chunky knits or would rather be wrapped in a second skin, a turtleneck is the ideal winter layering piece.

When deciding what to wear with a turtleneck, the key is to strike a balance between slinkier and more voluminous silhouettes — like half-tucking a super-thin turtleneck into baggy track pants or pairing a voluminous skirt with a fitted knit for a more classic approach. And while a layered turtleneck is a great way to test the brighter hues taking over this fall, a streamlined tonal look is equally cool. Now, if you're convinced that it's time to break out the winter staple again, you'll find four outfit ideas below to help get you started. This winter, skip the scarf and allow the humble turtleneck to get you through the coming months instead.

For The Office: Layer A Turtleneck Under A Belted Blazer

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Head into the boardroom dressed like a boss—a classic black turtleneck is a timeless mainstay you can layer underneath a relaxed plaid blazer that's cinched at the waist. Add cropped black trousers, glossy patent-leather boots and a black mini bag for an ensemble that's polished but trendy too.

Black Turtleneck

$23.40

Halogen

Plaid Blazer

$695

Tibi

Black Cropped Trousers

$690

Burberry

Patent Leather Boots

$571.03

Rejina Pyo

Mini Black Bag

$380

Danse Lente

Black Buckle Belt

$525

Miu Miu

For Brunch: Style A White Turtleneck With A Colorful Dress

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This season, statement hues like neon green and orange are must-wears, but a turtleneck is a great way to tone things down a bit. A classic white style contrasts bold hues so they don't take over completely. To keep the look fashion-forward, opt for a pair of knee-high boots and a contrasting statement bag for a street-style worthy ensemble.

Turtleneck Sweater

$138

Enza Costa

Velvet Slip Dress

$590

Dion Lee

Silver Knee High Boots

$795

Rag & Bone

CEO Sunglasses

$295

Gentle Monster x Alexander Wang

Patent Leather Tote

$915

Jacquemus

For Weekend Shopping: Wear A Turtleneck Underneath A Jumpsuit

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Comfort should always be key, but so is keeping your sense of style intact — which is where a thin knit turtleneck comes in handy. Worn underneath a denim jumpsuit, it breaks things up with added texture and color contrast. To finish, add an oversized plaid coat, platform boots and a color-coordinating shoulder bag in a rich caramel hue to carry you through the season.

White Turtleneck

$36

Mango

Denim Jumpsuit

$475

Ganni

Oversized Coat

$2,195

Stella McCartney

Platform Boots

$713

Laurence Dacade

Small Shoulder Bag

$1,890

Loewe

For A Coffee Meeting: Try A Coordinating Skirt Suit With A Turtleneck

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If you're feeling brave enough to ditch pants (or you're the proud owner of a pair of thermal tights), try mixing up your professional style with a skirt suit. A coordinating jacket and skirt in red wool or tweed is ideal for the classic dresser. Layer a turtleneck underneath, and add a sleek, structured handbag and a pair of brogues or boots.

Black Turtleneck

$130

L ' Agence

Tweed Cardigan

$2,315

Alessandra Rich

Tweed Skirt

$925

Alessandra Rich

Knee High Socks

$34

Falke

Black Heeled Boots

$850

Thom Browne

Crossbody Bag

$1,390

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