Steve Jobs. Audrey Hepburn. Dieter.
These pop culture figures of varying notoriety all had one thing in common: they couldn’t resist the siren song of a classic, rolled up collar.
There’s good reason this seemingly conservative item has been a closet staple for some 40 years. Paired with a cropped pant a la Funny Face, it can communicate a Parisian élan; slip it over some perfectly distressed denim and it’s downtown cool; a pleated skirt will make the look flirty and school-girl sweet or stretch things out with a turtleneck dress for comfort made cute.
There are seemingly endless combinations for this workhorse top and almost every store and brand has options to choose from this season—but only the best make the list!
Everlane The Cashmere Turtleneck; $170 Sure, dropping nearly $200 may seem a little on the steep side but luckily this San Francisco-based e-tailer is all about transparency so its helpful price breakdown shows you exactly where your dollars are going. Also, it’s cashmere.
COS Roll Neck Merino Jumper; £45 Known as H&M’s upscale big sister, COS peddles in wardrobe staples that are worth the elevated price tag. Case in point: this 100 % merino wool jumper, er turtleneck, that has a looser fit for a more casual look.
J. Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-shirt; $50.50 Don’t worry, this won’t tear when you pull it over your head. J. Crew’s version of the anything-but-basic basic is purposely on the thin side for a fit that’s close to the body and despite its name, isn’t too sheer.
Mango Turtleneck Sweater; $44.95 The Spanish brand offers the sartorial equivalent of a hug with its version of a turtleneck that thinks it’s a sweater.
Aritzia Wilfred Durundal Sweater; $125 This Italian knit sleeveless turtleneck lets you have the best of both seasons. The chunky collar says fall-winter but the bare shoulder makes it perfect for layering under a light coat before the cold sets in. Versatility is always a good idea.
[Main photo from “Audrey Hepburn: The Paramount Years” via rareaudreyhepburn.com; other photos via everlane.com & aritzia.com]