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It’s time to shop for winter – I get it. I’ve been blasted with every newsletter conceivable screaming “BUY THIS LONG SLEEVED CASHMERE DRESS!

DON’T FORGET KNEE HIGH BOOTS!

GET THESE SCARVES ASAP!

… Okay! I get it! Cold, brr… Need warm clothing! New wardrobe for fall and winter! Need! Jeez!

But, as we all know, I don’t have the money for 16 cashmere sweaters in every color of the rainbow… Nor do I have the budget to replace all my sleeveless dresses with sleeve-full ones. What’s a chilly girl to do?

While browsing the fantasy site Net-a-porter.com, and came across this amazing 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Draped Back Tunic Dress in a beautiful dusty rose color. Belted at the waste, interesting cut, good length… c’est magnifique! It’s even on sale for $132!

Unfortunately, I noticed that a) it had short sleeves and b) the beautiful draped back doesn’t allow a bra. I have some tig-ol’-biddies, so that’s a dealbreaker…

So, sadly I scrolled through the photos, dreaming of what could have been… Then I saw this photo:

YES! Of course! A long-sleeved, thin knit turtleneck fits beautifully beneath any dress! Sleeveless, short sleeves, 3/4… The possibilities are endless! It even covers a bra strap going across the back, while still showing off a great cut!

I must have this! I must! It’ll turn all of my summer and early-fall dresses immediately into winter wear with the addition of tights and boots.

So the perfect turtleneck has specific qualities that are necessary, I’ve decided:

  • Thin rib-knit will allow seamless appearance under dresses.
  • The longer the sleeve, the chic…er? your outfit will be.
  • Made of natural fabrics! This will prevent pilling, stretched-out-ed-ness, and the garment will last longer as a result. There ought to be a little stretch, but you shouldn’t be able to fit a thigh through an arm hole, know what I mean?
  • Basic colors: black, white, grey, brown, navy if you dare…
  • Not too tight of a neck – a girl has to breathe, you know!

Here are some quality pieces I’ve discovered via ShopBop :

Velvet Talise Turtleneck
Velvet Talise Turtleneck
$66

94% Cotton 6% Lycra, Machine Wash Cold – Perfect! The hems on this one are unfinished, giving you a very laid back, Alexander Wang vibe…

Splendid 1x1 Turtleneck
Splendid 1×1 Turtleneck
$51

50% Cotton 50% Modal, Machine Wash Cold! The essence of the word “basic”.

C&C California Rib Turtleneck
C&C California Rib Turtleneck
$64

$100 cotton! Hooray! The perfect turtleneck has arrived… And it has “extra long sleeves” – super comfort and super chic. That not enough? Well, it also comes in Amethyst, Haze (light grey), and navy.

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James Perse Stretched Turtleneck
James Perse Stretched Turtleneck
$74

As ShopBop put it, “No one does basics like James Perse”, and they’re so right. 94% pima cotton, 6% lycra, Hand or Machine wash cold. This piece also has a rolled neck for an extra shot of craftsmanship.

Juicy Couture Basic Turtleneck
Juicy Couture Basic Turtleneck
$78

100% Cotton – something rare from Juicy C. This piece also has extra detailing in the rouching at the neck. This gives “smaller” girls and extra oomph, as well as something to draw attention to your girls when you’re in the bathroom, starting at yourself in the mirror. ;)

Excitement! Your spring, summer and early fall wardrobes have increased their longevity with one simple garment. What will the fashion gods think up next?

xoxo.

  • I’m such a bogan! My black turtleneck cost me about $NZD10 at glassons.. but I love it to bits for its ability to create such immense versatility in my wardrobe (also known as my rucksack).

  • im so excited for all things fall! ive been stocking up winter clothes for weeks!

  • That IS a great idea. Except I really hate things choking me around the neck, except for scarves…

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    • I can totally understand that… That’s a big part of the reason I like the rolled-neck one, because it’s not so high, and it’s a bit more loose.

      A strangling feeling is never a sexy feeling. :)

  • Sal

    I’ve been doing l/s tees under s/s cardis and such for weeks, but a turtleneck under a dress … great tip for a little later in the season. Those shopbop folks are smarties for showing the versatility of that fab frock, and you’re a smartie for spreading the good word!

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  • I dig the dress. I don’t wear turtlenecks though. But I’ll wear the dress as is :)

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  • CUTE! I’m totally loving net-a-porter. I’ve heard of the company before but never really paid much attention, but some of their stuff this year is to die for.

  • beautiful.

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