The first thing that comes to my mind when someone mentions black turtlenecks is that iconic photo of Dwayne The Rock Johnson wearing a black turtleneck.
All jokes aside, turtlenecks are making a comeback and for a very good reason. They can be very stylish and elegant pieces of clothing if styled the right way.
- This post is written for me by Mia Johnson. A freelance writer & Fitness Expert from Sydney, Australia.
For some reason, turtlenecks have been overlooked for so long and with no good reason. Nothing can top their versatile nature. You can go from casual to formal in no time with just a black turtleneck as a base.
So, without further ado, let’s see what are the pros of wearing a turtleneck.
1. They can be worn in many different ways
One of the pros of the black turtleneck is its versatility. You can dress it up or down depending on the occasion. For example, if you need an elegant look during those cold winter days you can style your black turtleneck with a skirt.
Black turtleneck paired with a pencil skirt and a pair of boots is very chic and stylish. The skirt can be either patterned or not it’s up to you – plaid skirts, tweed skirts or even fancy shimmering skirts.
On the other hand, if you need a more casual look you can pair your favorite black turtleneck with a pair of denim jeans and a suede or leather jacket. The jacked should be in either a neutral or bold color to give the whole outfit a pop of color.
Business casual could be perfect with a black turtleneck. With a turtleneck as a base, throw on a pair of pants and a blazer. And there you have a casual yet business-appropriate look.
A night out to a party maybe? Black leather pants and black turtleneck – the classic black on black look never disappointed anyone.
2. Accessorizing and layering black turtlenecks
Turtlenecks or roll-necks are one of those pieces that can be accessorized however you want. They are easy to accessorize in so many different ways.
Again, most of the accessories you pair with your turtleneck will depend on the occasion and style you’re going for.
Black turtlenecks are an ideal base for all kinds of necklaces. From long chain necklaces to those statement pendant necklaces. Whatever you prefer.
What you should know is that the length of the necklace can have an elongating effect making you look taller. For example, if you’re going for an all-black look (we mentioned it above) you can elevate this look by adding a statement necklace.
If necklaces aren’t your thing but maybe earrings are, then there is a solution for this too. When making your earrings a statement piece make sure that your hair is in an updo. This way the earrings will be the focal point of your outfit. Here you can go with chandelier earrings or maybe pearl stud earrings, it’s up to you and the occasion really.
Brooches are another very elegant option when it comes to accessorizing your black turtleneck outfit. A right kind of brooch can make the whole outfit stand out and it can also make you stand out from the crowd as well.
If jewelry and accessories aren’t your cup of tea, don’t go saying goodbye to the turtleneck just yet. Black turtlenecks are super easy to layer too.
You can wear a turtleneck under a dress shirt for example. This look can be very sophisticated and classy, and ideal for work.
When it’s really cold outside, layering a turtleneck with a chunky V-neck sweater will not only keep you nice and warm but it will also make you look formal and elegant.
If you need something a little more casual, you can always wear a leather or denim jacket on top of your black turtleneck.
But we won’t stop there. You can layer a black turtleneck with a sweatshirt or a puffer west for a more sports casual look. Yes, layering a turtleneck with a sweatshirt is a look – a daring but comfortable look that can keep you warm if you’re extra cold.
Other ways in which you can style and accessorize your black turtleneck include bags. You can wear bags or purses that have those chain straps or even cross-body bags with interesting straps.
Wearing a scarf over the turtleneck is not necessary but it can be very stylish. Plus, it can add another layer if it’s really cold outside. Choose scarves with bold colors and prints to liven up your turtleneck.
3. Turtlenecks Can Keep You Warm in the Colder Months
If you don’t like being cold during those long cold months, then turtlenecks are a perfect solution. Wearing a turtleneck when you’re cold is super practical. Plus you don’t need scarves if you don’t really like them.
However, if you need another protective layer, no one can stop you from layering a nice bold colored scarf on your black turtleneck. It will look stylish and it will elevate and brighten the look and overall outfit.
Black turtlenecks are ideal for those winter days when you don’t know what to wear. Their classic look can be layered and styled to look however you want it.
You can be warm and toasty during those winter days without sacrificing your style and elegance. For instance, if you like wearing dresses and most of them are sleeveless or backless, wearing a black turtleneck under it will resolve the problem in no time.
You will be stylish and chic and ready for a night out without being cold.
4. They shorten the neck
If you think your neck is on the longer side a black turtleneck can make it look shorter and bring attention to it in an elegant way. If, on the other hand, you have a shorter neck beware of turtlenecks as they can make it look even shorter.
But don’t worry, if you like wearing turtlenecks don’t let the fact that you have a short neck stop you. Accessories such as long necklaces or scarves can visually elongate you resolving this problem.
Another pro when it comes to wearing a turtleneck is that it can hide a saggy turkey neck. Sure, it won’t resolve the problem permanently as a necklift procedure would, but it will conceal it temporarily.
You will love wearing turtlenecks when you see how good they can hide all your imperfections.
5. They visually make the bust look bigger
Turtlenecks can make your bust look bigger but this doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them if you’re on the bustier side. Yes, the open neckline would look better on bustier ladies, but if you really like turtlenecks and you want to wear them you can.
Just make sure that the turtleneck isn’t skintight, and that you’re pairing it with a high wasted skirt or jeans to balance out all the curves on your body. Also, a good fitting bra can help a lot if you want to wear a turtleneck.
Additionally, turtlenecks can accentuate your silhouette if they fit you right. That’s why you should go for fitted turtlenecks. However, this doesn’t mean that they should be skintight just fit enough to highlight your silhouette and natural curves.
Wearing a turtleneck can be stylish and elegant. The bad rep that they once had is long gone. Today, turtlenecks have more pros than cons and for a good reason.
Turtlenecks are ideal if you’re trying that minimalist approach to fashion. It’s one piece of clothing that can last a long time and that it’s versatile enough to be dressed up and down.
You can never go wrong with a black turtleneck, especially during those colder months.
Thank you very much Mia. I hope you all enjoyed this informative post!
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They really are so classic and versatile.
I agree, thanks Jodie!
I love turtleneck jumpers, especially in winter. They are so easy to style and I feel comfortable wearing them!
Yes they are! Thanks Yvonne!
I love wearing a Turtleneck! Less is more!
Yes it is! Most of the times, haha.
I used to wear turtlenecks all the time, but somehow they don’t feel right on me anymore. Plus, far too warm too! I love turtlenecks on others, though, especially black ones … xxx
I also wore them a lot, but now I don’t. But I will give it another try as I do like to wear them on a pencil skirt!
I love black total looks! They are always a great option!
Have a wonderful day dear! xx
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I was thinking about getting a turtle neck, I haven’t had one for years! It does seem they’re coming back around again… I didn’t know a black turtleneck could make you look bustier! Ha! I need all the help! Lol!
Hahaha, Carrie , me too!!
I love turtlenecks even though due to our all year weather in the 30’s they are not necessary.
I own them in black, grey, beige and green and enjoy wearing them when I travel.
They are good aren’t they. I now bought a black one too!
OK, pro argument 5 is an eye opener for me. On my way to buying a black turtle neck now! Thanks so much! Love, Lieske
Haha, I bought a black one too now!
I rarely wear black but LOVE LOVE LOVE a turtleneck. Sad to know they create the illusion of a larger bust…I don’t need any help in that area. But I think they frame the face so well, Can be softening to the necks of those of us of a certain age. Will be on the look out for a good black turtleneck this weekend. Pinning this post.
Well I could use that help!! Thanks Leslie!
Great guest post. I enjoyed being reminded of the pros of turtlenecks. I feel to funny in them but I might try again…just as soon as it cools down here in Florida! 😉
Thank you very much Chrissy!
I love a black turtleneck! The iconic picture of Princess Diana comes to mind for me! But I do love Dwayne The Rock Johnson as well! I went to high school with him and he was the sweetest guy ever. He handled some mean bullies who were relentlessly picking on me!
Wha! Really? That’s a fabulous story!! Why the hell, btw, were they picking on you!