A Definitive List of All The Turtleneck Styles & How to Pull Them Off

Turtlenecks are the wardrobe staple that has followed me for pretty much all of my life. It started as elementary school me tugging at the neck of my top during family Christmas photos and complaining that I was suffocating; but now I can’t get enough of the classic item. Oh, how times have changed. 

This season, I have been loving turtlenecks and have been pairing them with a variety of different outfits. It may seem like something as simple as a top with a high neckline can get boring, but that’s so far from the truth. From fitted ribbed turtlenecks to colorful stripes and chunky sweaters, there are so many different styles that deserve a spot in your closet this winter.

  1. 1. Solid Neutrals

    Starting with the classics, let’s talk about how to style a neutral turtleneck. I love a white or black turtleneck and I seemingly can’t buy enough of them. Lately, I have been styling a solid turtleneck under a crewneck sweater or sweatshirt. This look will have you looking like you just threw your outfit together, but in an effortlessly chic way. It adds just enough detail to elevate a simple look, and I usually will tuck the sweater into high waisted jeans, which gives off that perfect ‘90s vibe.

    Choose your favorite chunky sweater from your closet and try the look with this Short Turtleneck Top from H&M ($10, shop now) or this Pima Stretch Turtleneck from Everlane ($23, shop now).

    A simple, cheap turtleneck that you use to layer is super affordable and makes your coziest sweater even warmer. Plus, if you have a sweater that is extra itchy, putting a turtleneck underneath is a great way to be more comfortable and look stylish.

  2. 2. Chunky Sweater

    Another turtleneck must-have is a quality chunky sweater. I can’t think of a better feeling than being totally wrapped up in a sweater during class or on your morning commute in the winter. 

    The best part about a turtleneck sweater is that you can dress it up or down. Pairing an oversized sweater with jeans and heeled booties will make the outfit look so sleek. But if you’re looking to go down a cozier route, the oversized sweater also pairs perfectly with leggings and sneakers.

    If you're willing to splurge on a turtleneck sweater that you can make a staple item in your closet, I recommend this So Low So High Cashmere Sweater (Free People, shop now). For something more affordable, H&M is my go-to. I love this Long Turtleneck Sweater (H&M, shop now).

  3. 3. Lettuce Edge

    I’m a total sucker for anything with a lettuce edge hem. They’re adorable! You can find a turtleneck with this sweet touch in neutral colors or branch out and go for something more colorful. Nothing will take you back to your elementary school roots quicker than a frilly, pastel turtleneck and I’m totally here for it.

    This Long Sleeve Top with Lettuce Hem (ASOS, shop now) is the prettiest pastel pink and will add a soft touch to your outfit. And if you’re looking to give this simple and sweet look some edge, I recommend tossing on your favorite leather jacket for style and warmth. I love this Barney’s Original Leather Biker Jacket (ASOS, shop now).

  4. 4. Colorful Stripes

    A striped turtleneck pairs nicely with any skirt. That sort of makes them sound like wine and cheese, but is that really so bad?

    Whether it’s a denim mini or the Minimalist Satin Midi Skirt (Windsor, shop now), the pattern on top will add some excited to anything simple and plain. Even if you’re not into wearing anything too bold, adding a striped turtleneck to your collection will help your outfit stand out from the rest.

    I love a turtleneck with stripes that are bright and colorful. However, you can never go wrong with a staple black and white. If you’re going for that bold look, try this Only Multi Stripe Funnel Neck Top (ASOS, shop now). This top is affordable and will match with your most trusted pair of jeans or a fun skirt.

  5. 5. Turtleneck Dress

    Finally, a must-have for the winter season: a turtleneck dress is perfect for a dinner or night out. I like to pair sweater dresses with sheer black tights and over the knee boots for a classic look that you can’t go wrong with.

    This Turtleneck Sweater Dress (Aerie, shop now) and the Tea Reader Black Sweater Dress (Lulu’s, shop now) are great to just throw on while still looking like you put in a lot of effort. I really love the trend of rhinestone-embellished tights (Shein, shop now) to add a sweet detail to your outfit.

Any of these styles are interchangeable and you can accessorize any turtleneck however you prefer. I don’t think it’s even possible to have enough turtlenecks in your closet this season. Each one of these styles serves its own purpose and will pair great with a lot of items that you already own.