Posts tagged ‘textile’
The Stigmas of the Turtleneck
Turtlenecks have such a stigma, and most of them for good reason. For one, their name screams awkward. TURTLE.NECK. Pretty sure turtles have no necks and if they do it’s a gross wrinkly texture that stretches and squishes like a post-holiday fupa. There’s also the fact that most of us were stuffed into turtlenecks by our mothers when it was cold outside and we were too young to know any better. And then of course there’s those girls who still don’t know any better and continue to style their turtlenecks in an almost offensive manner. For example, I once met a girl who wore a white cotton turtleneck underneath a flamingo pink flannel. Yikes.
While all these stigmas should remain in the forefront of your minds when approaching the controversial top, I’d also like you to consider that, when styled correctly, a turtleneck can be a one-way ticket to polished elegance like Diane Keaton is Something’s Gotta Give or Giovanna Battaglia on an almost daily basis. Turtlenecks of the thinner variety can have quite a nice slimming effect, especially when paired with a high-waisted pencil skirt or baggier trouser. Chunkier turtlenecks, as seen here, look best when styled with skinny jeans or some flared denim. The key is to make sure the neck area isn’t too tight — no one wants forced double chins — and that should you decide to pair your turtleneck with a flannel that you’re not also pairing it with awkwardly fitting bootcut jeans and sneakers. Feel free to agree or disagree, though.
// photos by Emily Malan
Here’s a fun little fact about this outfit: the skirt I’m wearing is actually extremely high-waisted (as in it sits right below my bra) and also comes with suspenders. All good things, but not something I want all the time. This is where the enjoyed but mostly hated crop top comes in.
I got this shirt back in December and have been trying to figure out how to wear it! Yes, it’s a basic, long-sleeve tee with an awesome wolf graphic at first sight, but it also happens to be on the shorter, upper-navel side of the spectrum and has a boat neck which is difficult to layer if you’ve got some rhymes-with-cubes.
In another tale where two unexpected pieces find themselves a perfect match, my once outlandish high-waisted suspender skirt and my navel-bearing wolf top come together to create an understated, simple, and casual look. Just toss in an oversize jacket, pair of booties and a smidge of color on your lips (I chose e.l.f. Conditioning Lip Balm in Romantic Rouge), and boom! you’re ready to go!
// photos by Emily Malan