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Page 2 in the conversation "Turtlenecks" by krishnidoux
No turtlenecks for me... I think a plain black drapey one might work, but with a short fat neck and a thyroid problem I always feel like I'm choking and that I look frumpy. So envious of those of you that can rock the look, like Angie!
I'm not keen on turtle necks on myself either. For one reason...my less than taught jaw line, and the other reason...those 'hot moment's' that menopause has so kindly thrust on me.
Now all I can see is that famous white Canadian ski turtleneck we all rocked in the 70's. My god, I LIVED in those things and had them not just in white, but in hunter green, red, - all super sexy colours . With my permed hair, bell bottomed jeans and colour blocked ski jacket, I thought I was the bomb.
I only have one black one - fine knit, tailored fit. I have a bob, a bust, wide shoulders and maybe an aging jawline too!! I don't think it is my best look but I do enjoy it for a simple clean winter top with jeans or black pants. I love not having to wear a scarf when layering.
I am with Coco- a crew is awful on me too, I have a couple of them that work but mostly avoid.
Someone mentioned choking, that is how I feel too. I cannot have anything on my neck. Is this really related to Thyroid? I do have hypothyroidism.
I'm just not a turtle neck person. I liked them when I was a kid and in my early teens before I was a G-cup and my neck thickened up, but I just DON'T have a body type that makes them comfortable to wear. Cowl necks, I'll wear all day long. But turtle necks and most mock necks are horribly uncomfortable on me. When I wore them, I also liked them best with my hair up, aesthetically. If you truly don't enjoy something, I don't think you should force it. I'm content to enjoy the look on others, though I do miss the classic look of them at times.
Hey, Alaskagirl and Catseye, I have a thyroid problem too! onder if it has anything to do with it... hmmm...
Kaelyn, I am with you. Me too, mock necks (or as we call them in French, chimney collars) look even worse on me. It draws all the attention to my narrow neck while making the rest around look broader and larger than it is.
You are right about forgetting the look altogether, and so I am now going through my turtlenecks ruthlessly. I think I'll just store them all away this winter, and start looking for alternatives to wear during our harsh winters.
Despite living in a cold climate and having a fairly long neck and short hair, I've never been into turtlenecks. I find them pretty uncomfortable and I never managed to figure out how to do necklaces with them in a way I like -- it always looks silly.
I totally appreciate the appeal of skinny black turtlenecks that are a foundation piece for Angie. However, for me they give off too much of a pretentious artist/writer vibe, and as an actual poet who participates in actual poetry readings, I always feel like a caricature of myself when I wear one.
Turtlenecks work really well on me. I have sloped shoulders and the t shape at the neck really squares off my shoulders and makes my neck look longer. A win win.
A scarf worn tightly around my neck does kind of the same thing and that is what I usually do.
Oh, I'm so conflicted on this. I still love turtlenecks. I have a few, and I enjoy them. But some would surely see my unfortunate aging jawline issue, and my big bust is not the best for the look either. My neck is pretty average in length, and I haven't had short hair in many years. The good news is that a turtleneck hides the way my neck is starting to betray my age. Sigh.
I wore those fitted ribbed turtlenecks a ton in the 90s. In retrospect, even though I was thinner then, with the big boobs and short waist, it probably wasn't my best look, although, hello boobs.
I dunno, for me, maybe, just maybe to the viewers' eye, they are JFE on me? I find a black turtleneck so useful though, for my winter capsule, that it would be hard to quit them.
I wore turtlenecks a lot in the 70s and 80s and loved them and how I looked. Now I buy them, but I don't think they look so good on me--the soft jawline thing, and if the knit is thick I feel like I look like a real turtle. I feel kind of sad about it, but I don't plan on buying more turtlenecks. Lost youth and all that.
I also find having the fabric close around my neck irritating. I'd rather wear a scarf that I can leave looser if I warm up, or pull tighter if need be. That fabric doesn't bother me.
I will join team turtleneck, love them! I have a very long neck, small-ish bust, average shoulders and long hair (also, a very long torso/arms/upper body). I feel that most versions of turtlenecks are quite flattering on me. Also, I have had a couple neck surgeries that had left some quite nasty and big scars and turtlenecks cover those perfectly. While I have moved past the phase of always covering my neck, there are still some social situations where I prefer to have it covered and turtlenecks are the easiest solution - I have been on a mission these past 2.5 years to find blouses/shirts with turtleneck necklines. I think that my turtleneck collection can rival Angie's
Krishnidoux - I am 5'3", a size 4-6 with a small bust average neck and 56 yo jawline. My preferred neckline is a crewneck and I do enjoy a good cowl neck. But I also have a sweet spot for sleeveless mock necks. Since I don't have a long swan neck they are kinder to the jaw but still so elegant. I have spent the last 5 years iso of the perfect one and just recently bought the Theory Ninsy sleeveless stretch wool top. It's a substantial ribbed knit but very fine wool, no itch and a split back neck which gives a very cool rear view. Great under a blazer and elegant with a black lace skirt. But I find the mock sleeveless cut really versatile and to me looks more modern eclectic HL-ish. I haven't had a time to read all the responses, can't wait, fascinated. But I wanted to mention it as a thought.
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I have mixed emotions about turtlenecks for ME. I'm wearing a black cashmere one with a looser neck right now for WARMTH because sometimes I don't want to deal with the fussiness of a scarf and a collared shirt with a collarless sweater like a pullover isn't as warm and can also feel restrictive or fussy.
My neck is on the shorter end of the scale so I always fold a turtle an extra time to shorten it and actually prefer a mock turtle or funnel neck. I love the look of the sleek (tight) turtle on others, but I feel that it makes my not really big but very full bust look disproportionately big and sometimes show my back fat. Oh, and my hair is short but not quite a pixie.
I like crew necks that show my collar bone, not those old style ones that go way up to the base of the neck. Lower necklines make me too cold!
When I was much younger (and thinner), I used to wear mock t-necks all the time. Many times, the body-suit type worked best (no worries about tucking). However, a wider middle and a dropping jawline haven't helped in the t-neck department. I've never had an especially long neck, and I now even more want to avoid a matronly look (much more likely when you are not very trim). I love turtle necks on others (especially Angie), but they just don't really work for me. For those not quite as broad as I am, I think mock t-necks straddle the line and can be quite flattering on some.
If it helps, I enjoy wearing a scarf in place of a turtleneck so that I can adjust how tightly it fits. And if you want tops with a higher neckline for cover and warmth, maybe a crew or boat neck would do. I hope you find something that works great for you!
Princess Turtleneck reporting for duty! I am afraid I am late, but I definitely belong at this party. Also, gryffin, I am drooling over that Theory top. Gorgeous!! I agree about the sleeveless mock or turtle style. In fact I have a modal top in this style that is truly worn out and yet I cannot let it go until I have the upgrade. Most flattering item EVER.
But Krishnidoux, to your point -- I agree 100% that turtlenecks can be easier to wear and more flattering when one has short hair or wears the hair up or back.
During the time that my hair was jaw-length, turtlenecks mysteriously (to me) ceased to look flattering. Also, my hair seemed to compete with the neckline -- too much going on. It made me very sad because it really is one of my favourite necklines. I think my rather rectangular jaw also made them less flattering when my hair was that length. I cut it back to the pixie and immediately the T-neck was a favourite again.
I am lucky in that Mr. Suz has no negative associations with turtlenecks and seems to like them on me.
Anyway -- since people remarked on a resemblance between us when your hair is short, I am not at all surprised that you are disliking the T-neck now that your hair is jaw length!
I'm in the no turtleneck camp. IT, sort of busty, they make me feel like a linebacker. I have a long neck, but turtlenecks hide rather than highlight that. And I'm with the others who say they feel strangled by them. I love scarves, but never wear them wrapped high around my neck either.
I do think they are cute on certain body types, just not mine!
I am on team turtleneck. I have a long neck, small to average sized bust, broad shoulders and an ageing jawline. I think that they look elegant. My quibble with them is that they do tend to make me hot, so I favour the short sleeved or sleeveless variety. In fact, I bought the theory top that Gryffin mentions from shopbop a couple of weeks ago (out of season for me but at a price too low to resist). High five Gryffin!
Turtlenecks are trending.https://www.shopbop.com/ci/4/l.....8822224,os...
I started wearing them again this winter and am loving them, even with the frump potential. Not to mention the sagging jawline issue. I find that if I wear a light colored turtleneck there is less emphasis on the jawline. My favorite thing about turtlenecks this winter is I don't have to wear a scarf.
Oh and I have a fairly short neck too. I'm such a rule breaker.
I haven't read the other replies closely, but I am so glad you posted this, because I thought I was the only one who felt this way! I used to be a big turtleneck fan because they keep me warm in our hard winters. But over the last year, I have been growing my hair out, and now I don't feel nearly as fab with them on. I have found, like you, that putting my hair up makes them look so much better.
I did skim Suz's reply above, and I agree that there must be something about the turtleneck neckline competing with the hair length that causes the problem. I'm reminded of how unflattering I look when I wear a top whose sleeves are the same length as the top itself, creating a strong horizontal line between the sleeves and the top's hem. All I know is that I have four turtlenecks, two of which are very fitted (which helps), and I have become very careful about how I wear them. It seems like only certain pairings work now.
In answer to your question, here are some turtlenecks/mock necks I have purchased in the past two years that work for me. I am 5'9" and rectangle shape, I definitely have a small, but athletic build. I am thin, with a small bust for my height. I have a sagging jawline, but I still think I can rock a turtleneck. I wear them all the time.
I read all the posts and knew that I had recently seen an article about turtlenecks trending but couldn't remember where. Thanks Cocolion! I do like turtlenecks but only have a few: black knit mock, heather blue sweater, and Angie's H&M blouse. That limited number seems right but allows for variety!
Brooklyn - you are one of my style icons on the forum so I am honored to be twinsies with you!! Enjoy, I know you will rock it!!Suz - this is a really special piece. Makes me think of the piece Sterling posted from WWW on Emerson Fry, where she talks about only buying pieces that individually are a bit special and have interesting details. It would not be as 4 season as modal, more 2.5 because the knit is substantial but beautifully made, just fyi.
Move over and make room for me on the turtleneck loveseat! I like them so much, I even wear turtleneck tank tops in summer!
DH is actually not a fan, and did ask me NOT to wear a 'turtleneck' wedding dress on our day. Oddly, he favours a mock turtleneck and wears them frequently. I LOVE the look of a man in a column of colour with a turleneck sweater - very 'Man from Uncle'.
I love turtlenecks and wear them often, if it's cold enough out. Here we only experienced our first cold weather last week! Mine are cashmere, fitted, high fitted neck. I have a long neck and short hair. I usually wear them under a blazer, sometimes with a slk square, folded on the bias, wrapped front to back and then tied in front. I like to think it's a classic look, rather than frumpy or mumsy. It all depends on the rest of your look, is it current, your hair, makeup, etc.
A lot of very good points here! Cocolion, thank you for sharing this article. But... am I the only one to gasp at the first outfit shown? I think I have a poison eye for each and every parts of it!
Loafers look too chunky, too big to go with an oversize rolled up bottom. To my eye, if you wear a bigger than usual bottom, footwear must offer daintiness: ballerina shoes, for instance, or heels... even Doc Martens have a tight ankle, which emphasizes a daintier ankle/calve in contrast to the pants. Here, unfortunately, it seems the shoes are chunky, the pants are too, with no respite to the eye in between the two. Then what to say of the Mom-jeans cut over-top of a bigger-than-usual size... it is simply not flattering. Then mid-drift baring with no belly button because of the high waist exposes only a flatter part of the belly does nothing for her silhouette. I am sorry, she looks bloated. The shorter hem also accentuates the horizontal line t-neck issue we were describing above, especially in the shoulder-neck zone. So this poor girl looks like she is permanently hunched, although I am sure she isn't, it's just an optical illusion. She says she feels more pulled together, but here she looks like she was yanked together against her will. I am sorry it is not nice to say this. It's my knee jerk reaction. I know she's the high profile stylist, and I am not, and there must be a reason for this... but... I just can't open my mind that far...
In fact, all women shown here seem to be hunching up or is it me?
Anyway, I see a lot of you have issues with the T-neck. I find it interesting that Cocolion feels lighter colored ones are not as difficult to wear as darker ones.
Suz and Gryffin, funnily, I have never associated the sleeveless T-neck to the T-neck category, although it is called a T-neck! lol. But I find bare shoulders change everything, as the eyes are drawn to the shoulders, away from the face, outward, instead of the neck, inward. And it makes a big difference. Although I do also find it tricky to wear that style, being an IT, I don't feel frumpy in it. This is also a mystery.
Staysfit, thank you for the suggestions, and the pics! I find pics 1 and 3 most attractive. Maybe again because of the shorter sleeves and closer to the body cut.
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