frump to fab must-have

If you’re an ‘80s-‘90s kid like me, you most likely grew up wearing turtlenecks. Exhibit A: me on the far left, pink turtleneck [let’s not get started on the hair].

me on the far left, pink turtleneck [let’s not get started on the hair].

According to my mom, she would dress us in turtlenecks on colder days; she layered them with jumpers, dresses, and sweaters to keep our young, vulnerable bodies warm—no complaints, right? But eventually something changed.

I remember there came a time when turtlenecks didn’t seem so ‘cool’ anymore [a time when turtleneck wearers were homely moms or teachers who likely spent evenings knitting in the company of too many cats] and I recall thinking, “I will never wear one of those again.”

Now, twenty-ish years later, here I am—wearing and loving the turtleneck. The practicality of a funneled neck remains, as does its versatility. Over the weekend I stayed cozy by layering a turtleneck sweater over a jersey turtleneck, and if wearing two neck-hugging tops at once doesn’t scream, “I retract my previous pronouncement!” I don’t know what does.

[score this super comfy striped turtleneck at Old Navy for only $15]

[stretchy skinny jeans from forever21 $8]

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