A turtleneck can be tricky to wear. But the turtleneck can also be super stylish. And, it can be a great way to add warmth for transitional dressing. So, how to wear a turtleneck? And what are the most flattering turtleneck outfits for women over 40?
Below, you will find lots of inspiration for styling your turtleneck in different ways, as well as some of the best turtlenecks to choose now.
What is a turtleneck?
First of all, yes I know it sounds like a silly question, but what exactly is a turtleneck?
Depending on which part of the world you live, you may call it by a different name. Perhaps you grew up calling your turtleneck a polo neck, a roll neck, a skivvy or a mock neck (although a mock neck doesn’t tend to go quite so far up your neck).
Whatever you call it, a turtleneck is generally a sweater, although you’ll also find this neck style on other tops and on dresses, with a high neckline that folds over on itself.
Pros of wearing a turtleneck
A turtleneck tends to be one of those divisive items of clothing that you either love or you hate to wear. But there are plenty of benefits to wearing a turtleneck:
- It can be very flattering if you have a long neck
- The turtleneck can make your bust look bigger
- A high neckline will keep you warm as well as stylish
- It’s a classic style that will never date
- It makes a great layering piece for transitional weather
Patricia (above) wears her turtleneck with similar color jeans.
Cons of wearing a turtleneck
However, if you do want to add a turtleneck sweater to your outfit, it makes sense to be mindful of any disadvantages too:
- If you have a shorter neck, a turtleneck can draw attention to this
- If you’re large busted, this sweater style can make your chest look even bigger
- You might get too hot if you’re prone to overheating
Famous women who love their turtlenecks
However, despite any “cons”, rules are made to be broken. Just because you are larger busted, it doesn’t mean you can’t look fabulous in a polo neck.
As with all of your outfits, you simply need to consider the balance and silhouette of your whole look. So, you may want to wear wide legged pants or bootcuts, for example, rather than skinny jeans so you don’t look top heavy.
If you do love turtlenecks, or you decide to give them another try after reading this article, you’re in good company.
Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jackie O, Gwyneth Paltrow, the Duchess of Cambridge, Rita Hayworth, Diana Ross and Twiggy have all been pictured looking incredibly stylish in a turtleneck.
So, what is the best way to wear yours?
Below you’ll find turtleneck outfit ideas to suit you no matter what your style is…
With wide-legged pants
Wide legged pants can look fabulous with a turtleneck.
Vanessa (above) opts for an all red outfit with a pink outfit.
Oversized with leggings
If you have a long turtleneck tunic or a turtleneck dress, then this can be a good option to wear with leggings.
Nikki (above) wears her cableknit turtleneck dress with her leggings and chunky boots.
With a formal skirt
A turtleneck sweater is a good transitional item for your closet. You can wear your lighter weight skirts with your knitwear.
Katharina (above) wears her black turtleneck, picking up the background color of her skirt.
As an underlayer
Do you have a slipdress in your wardrobe, but tend not to wear it either because of the weather or because you prefer not to show your upper arms? You could wear a turtleneck as an underlayer.
Also take a look at more ideas for covering your upper arms.
With a long vest
Wearing a long vest over your turtleneck can create a flattering column of color.
This creates long, lean lines and can be effective in making you look taller and slimmer (if you want to).
Mejacal (above) opts for a fur-neck long vest with animal print vests.
with a blazer
A blazer always looks good with everything, and is a great way to elevate any outfit.
Fonda (above) matches her scarf to her burgundy turtleneck.
LookbookStore notched lapel blazer – Club Monaco wool sweater – Wit & Wisdom bootcut jeans – Marc Fisher LTD block heel pump – THE MARC JACOBS leather crossbody bag – Sterling Forever hammered pearl drop earrings
With a long, v-shaped necklace
If you’re worried about your neck looking short in a turtleneck, one way to counteract the effect can be a wear a longish, v-shaped necklace over the top. This helps to create the elongating effect that you would usually get from a v-neck top.
Joy (above) looks very elegant in her monochrome outfit with long, tassel necklace.
As a dress
If you like to wear dresses during the cooler months, a turtleneck sweater dress can make sure you stay warm and stylish.
Mimi (above) teams a balloon-sleeve sweater dress with animal print boots.
If you like the look of turtlenecks, but you really don’t find them flattering on you, another option could be to opt for the cowl neck, which is similar to a turtleneck, but because it is draped, and lower down on your neckline, it is easier to wear.
Jenny (above) wears a draped turtleneck with her jeans and lace-up boots.
Turtleneck inspiration for you
Take a look below at a turtleneck capsule closet. You can see you could easily swap the tops and bottoms around to create different outfits.
- 13 Ways To Style Winter Sweaters And Fall Sweaters For Women Over 40
- Where To Shop For The Best Cashmere Sweaters
- How To Layer For Transitional Weather
Do you have a turtleneck in your closet? How do you wear yours?
Like this post on how to wear a turtleneck? Share it on Pinterest!
Feature image by Vanessa
Want to get more articles from 40+style in your inbox, subscribe here.
Support 40+style by using the links in our articles to shop. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission (at no cost to you) on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you. Thanks!