Turtlenecks are one of the most underrated pieces of clothing for your fall and winter wardrobe. They serve a dual purpose by keeping you extra warm on the coldest of days. Plus, they instantly elevate your look and make your outfits look more creative and put together. Turtlenecks come in a variety of silhouettes. So it’s easy to find a fit you enjoy wearing. Today, I’m sharing how to style a turtleneck.

How to Style a Turtleneck

Over this past fall and winter, I’ve found a variety of turtlenecks with feminine details, luxurious fabrics and fun ways to style them. Below are a few tips with how to style a turtleneck to create cozy winter outfits.

Use as a Base Layer

When you’re using a turtleneck as a base layer, you likely want one that fits close to the body. That way, it’s not adding any extra bulk underneath whatever you’re layering on top of the turtleneck.

A few pieces of clothing I like to layer on top of my turtlenecks are a: denim jacket, cardigan, blazer, poncho/ruana, leather jacket, trench coat or dress.

If you’re turtleneck is only going to be peeking through around your neckline, you might consider one that has a fun detail like a ruffle.

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Add a Pop of Color

A simple way to add a pop of color is to incorporate it with your turtleneck. This is especially true if you’re layering with a turtleneck. Wear a soft pink turtleneck underneath a blazer for the workplace with a white blazer and light brown pants. This is a great option to wear in the spring.

You can add a darker tone to your look, if it’s in the fall and winter. Layer a rich burgundy turtleneck underneath a ruana. Then, complete the look with denim jeans and ankle boots for a casual look.

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Layer Over Your Favorite Pieces

Another way to wear a turtleneck is to actually layer them over something else. Typically when you’re laying a turtleneck over something, like a jumpsuit or a dress, you want it to be an oversized turtleneck.

This is a great way to add more versatility to dresses and jumpsuits in the colder seasons. Simply add a chunky turtleneck over the top. You can add a belt to your natural waistline and tuck the sweater into the belt and pull it out a bit. That way, it adds a bit of structure to your waist.

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Turtleneck Outfits for Women

Tunic-Style Turtleneck with Faux Leather Leggings
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The first look is a casual turtleneck sweater outfit. I have shared this tunic-style turtleneck so many times, but it’s one of my favorite Amazon finds – like ever! It’s a Free People look alike, and a great legging-friendly turtleneck top.

Chunky White Turtleneck with a Midi Skirt
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This white turtleneck outfit was styled accidentally. Because I have a shorter torso, this skirt was hitting a bit odd on my waist. So instead of pairing a fitted turtleneck with this look, I opted for a more oversized sweater, and it worked perfectly. It covers up the waistline, and I simply front tucked the sweater into the skirt. You could also pair this white sweater with skinny jeans or straight jeans for a casual look to wear to lunch.

Turtleneck Styled with a Blazer
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A blazer turtleneck outfit is a staple look to add to your workwear rotation. Turtlenecks work well layered underneath a blazer during the colder months. A more fitted turtleneck or a turtleneck bodysuit work the best, so the blazer lays nicely over the top.

Brown Turtleneck with Faux Leather Leggings
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This brown turtleneck outfit works well for running errands and casual outings during the fall and winter. The turtleneck sweater is a bit oversized and love the ribbed detail along the hemline, cuffs and neck to give it a bit of interest. The mini Uggs give the look a more casual vibe, but you could also dress it up with knee-high boots or booties.

Sheer Turtleneck Styled With a Leather Jacket
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A sheer turtleneck outfit makes the perfect look to attend a concert or festival. If you don’t feel comfortable with just a bra underneath the sheer turtleneck, a cami would work just as well. Because this sheer turtleneck is fitted, the flare jeans provide a nice balance to the overall look. Complete the outfit with a leather jacket for an edgy vibe.

Ribbed Turtleneck Layered Under a Trench Coat
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As spring approaches, this is a great transitional look from winter to spring. This layered turtleneck outfit incorporates a trench coat into the look. A trench coat is a staple outerwear piece to have in your closet for the spring weather. Mix up your black legging looks by wearing loafers or mules. It gives an elevated casual look.

Turtleneck Dress with Knee-High Boots
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Remember the first look in the turtleneck outfit ideas? This is the same top, but I sized up in this pink option to wear as turtleneck dress outfit. It’s a cute and cozy dress to pair with knee-high boots.

Sleeveless Turtleneck with Flare Jeans
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Create a chic sleeveless turtleneck outfit with this beautiful pink-colored sweater. It’s not overly long, but did roll it up a bit to get a more cropped fit. Then, I paired with flares and pumps for a fun date night look or to wear to dinner with the girls.

Poncho Layered Over a Turtleneck
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Ruanas or ponchos are great pieces to layer over a turtleneck. This layered turtleneck sweater outfit starts with a turtleneck with a beautiful ruffle detail at the neckline. Then, I layered a poncho over the top. Complete the look with jeans and booties.

Grey Turtleneck with a Faux Leather Skirt
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An easy way to dress up a turtleneck is to pair with a faux leather skirt. This grey turtleneck outfit is styled with an oversized turtleneck and front tucked it into the skirt. I like to cuff the sleeves a bit with oversized turtlenecks. This allows your bracelets and/or watch to show too.

Turtleneck Sweater Dress with Western-Inspired Boots
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I’m a big fan of sweater dresses. But it’s even better when they’re turtleneck dresses because they provide even more coverage. This turtleneck sweater dress outfit would be fun to wear to a concert or on a date night. The Western-inspired boots are a fun changeup to your typical knee-high boot.

Black Turtleneck Sweater Dress with Knee-High Boots
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I don’t wear a ton of black. But I like to incorporate a few key pieces that are black within my wardrobe like a pair of trousers, a blazer or a sweater dress. This black turtleneck outfit is a great business casual option to wear to the office.

A Time and True turtleneck or turtleneck dress is an affordable option to wear by itself or with other outfits.

Turtleneck Bodysuit Outfit with Flare Jeans
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The last outfit in this roundup of how to style a turtleneck is this turtleneck bodysuit outfit. I highly recommend a turtleneck bodysuit, if you’re going to be wearing it as a base layer for many different looks. However, a bodysuit like this one looks just as fabulous styled on its own as well.

How do you like to style your turtlenecks? Let me know below!

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