How to Style a Turtleneck Sweater

how to style a turtleneck sweater

Once dubbed as the most “boring” of fall sweaters, the turtleneck has come a long way over the years and is now a style that I keep in heavy rotation through the cold winter months. They’re chic, they’re cozy, they’re practical. Coming into style in the mid-1920s, there are now so many variations of the sweater that will fit any style from preppy and minimal to edgy. And if you live somewhere that has cold winters, they’re your key to staying warm all winter long.

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layering a turtleneck sweater

Over the years, I’ve tried so many different styles of turtleneck sweaters but this one from BRASS is by far a favorite. The classic cable knit detailing is stunning! It’s chunky, but not too chunky, and the raglan sleeves give it a modern feel. The best part? It’s chunky, but not too chunky that it won’t fit under a jacket!

How to Style a Turtleneck Sweater

Whether you have a plethora of turtleneck sweaters in your closet, begging to be worn, or are eyeing a few at your favorite retailer but aren’t sure how to style them, look no further!

Layered for the Season

One of my favorite ways to style turtleneck sweaters is by layering them for the season. Depending on the look and feel you’re going for with your outfit, or what you’re going to be doing (going to the office, meeting friends for dinner, seeing a play, etc.), the best way to style your turtleneck sweaters is with seasonally appropriate layers. This could be a wool topcoat, a leather jacket, or a parka! My favorite layer with a turtleneck sweater is this classic topcoat. The colors are stunning, it’s the perfect length, and I love the brass detailing on the belt.

If you’re going to be in an office all day where it’s chilly, you could also pair your turtleneck sweater over an oversized button-down to add visual interest.

Paired with Trousers for the Office

Speaking of the office, a classic way to style your turtleneck sweater that will truly never go out of style is with a great pair of trousers. Whether you opt for a front tuck, full tuck, or no tuck at all, this combo is so chic! BRASS has a bunch of really great trouser styles (and colors!) that are so flattering and pair perfectly with this turtleneck sweater so you can shop all in one swoop!

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Keep the Silhouette in Mind

When styling your turtleneck sweater (or any top for that matter!), it’s important to keep the silhouette in mind. If the fit is chunky and oversized, you’ll want to balance out the look with a bottom that has a slimmer silhouette. On the contrary, if you want to wear a bottom that is flowier (a maxi skirt for example) or a wide-leg pant, opt for a turtleneck sweater that is more fitted.

Shop My Favorite Turtleneck Sweaters

Ready to dive into the world of turtleneck sweaters? While I can’t recommend this one from BRASS enough (I need the cream color ASAP!), I’ve linked a bunch more options below to give you variety. And remember, when styling any piece, not just turtleneck sweaters, the key to finding an outfit that works for you is to experiment!

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BRASS Fisherman Sweater (c/o) / Levi’s 501 Cropped Jeans / BRASS Classic Overcoat (c/o) /

Photography by Sam Brooks Photos

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