I’ve got another 5 Ways to Wear redux for you today, and this week I’m updating 5 Ways to Wear a Black Turtleneck. The original post was written back in 2019, and styles have evolved a bit, I still love most of fthese looks. They only need minor tweaks to bring them up to date.
For this post, I’m going to include other necklines when I make these outfit updates. It gives me more to work with, and it really doesn’t matter what neckline you wear. They’re more or less outfit formulas, anyway, so wear the neckline that works best for you!
A black sweater is such a classic winter closet staple, and it provides an easy and practical foundation to so many great outfit possibilities. Here are some of my favorites.
5 Ways to Wear a Black Turtleneck
Hopefully you can shop your closet to recreate the looks you like below, but I’ll provide links where I can. Some of the exact pieces are sold out, but this is really more or less about the color combinations.
Outfit Formula #1: Black Sweater + Denim & Pop of Color
Black and denim is my all-time favorite outfit pairing, and there is so much you can do with shoes and accessories to jazz it up, or you can keep it simple. While this post was written in 2019, both of these outfits were from 2016. I guess styles didn’t change an awful lot in those three years? Because it sure feels like styles changed a a lot between 2019 and 2022.
First, I paired a black turtleneck with medium wash blue jeans and added burgundy suede booties and a leopard clutch. Funny, I still have that Clare V. leopard foldover clutch. That was a good investment back in 2015.
I also did a second look with black leather OTK boots and a fun plaid scarf and a pink beanie. That picture was taken in Maine; we traveled up for my grandfather’s 100th birthday!
Outfit #1 Update:
Those outfits are still cute, but definitely looking a tad dated with the longer sweater and the boot styles, although I still love those OTK boots and would probably still wear them. I think I still have the Blondo version I got after those, but I haven’t worn them this year.
Anyway! This outfit from last January was the first that came to the mind as an updated look, but I wore black jeans rather than blue jeans. These alpine green rain boots are both cute and practical for messy weather.
I’m having a hard time recreating a black sweater with blue jeans and a pop of color because I don’t have a lot of color in my closet right now, but this outfit from last winter is one way I would interpret that outfit formula now — a black v-neck sweater, straight ankle jeans, suede stretch booties, and the oxblood leather moto is the “pop of color”. The belt adds a nice detail.
I also like this simple look from last year with the same sweater but no 3rd piece. I could swap out the boots for my Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps in Bordeaux for a pop of color.
Outfit Formula #2. Black Sweater + Denim & Neutral Jacket
I still have this taupe suede moto jacket as well! As I said at the time, this jacket is the perfect color and texture to top off a cozy black cashmere turtleneck, plus it looks great against the mid-wash blue jeans as well. Other color jackets like grey or camel, or even burgundy or teal would work well too.
The look below is similar, but with a different black turtleneck and booties instead of mules.
Outfit #2 Update:
Since I still have this moto jacket, I styled it a similar way, but updated the look with straight ankle jeans and lug sole Chelsea boots. My exact jacket has been discontinued, but this one and this one are similar, and the Evereve Marren Moto is a good option as well.
Here’s how it looks from the side. I really like this denim and boot combo; I hadn’t thought to put it together before.
And to take a broader interpretation of this outfit formula, I’ve always loved this outfit from last winter with a black v-neck sweater, blue jeans, and Veja sneakers. The neutral topper is a black wool coat, and I love the addition of the grey scarf.
And this one with a black turtleneck and grey jeans is also a favorite. The neutral topper is the grey wool cocoon coat, which is 50% off right now. I love it; I have the Sandstone as well, and I’m really jonesing for that Hthr Fire Red. I have a classic red wool peacoat, but I only reach for it at Christmas time. I like this deeper burgundy shade.
Outfit Formula #3. Black Sweater + Pencil Skirt
I shared two looks with this outfit formula as well. I don’t wear skirts often, but I put this first look together for a sponsorship with Ann Taylor at holiday time, and it’s kind of fun for something different. Everything is sold out, but I’ll leave the links below in case anyone wants details for searching on eBay or Poshmark.
And I’ve always loved the outfit below. I think I wore it to church once or twice.
Outfit #3 Update:
Since I don’t have any skirts in my closet at the moment, I pulled up this outfit I styled in a Try-On Haul earlier in the season. I didn’t end up keeping the skirt, but this shorter style trending this winter.
Booties with skirts are also trending, but I I really prefer the proportions in the outfit above with the knee-length tweed pencil skirt and OTK boots. The outfit below doesn’t do much for me.
Outfit Formula #4. Black Sweater + Puffer Vest
I still love this outfit, and I’m kind of regretting getting rid of this burgundy puffer. I love the layer look, and the burgundy is a nice break from all the neutrals I gravitate to this time of year.
I also did a look with a black turtleneck, black jeans, and a green puffer. The leopard slides add pattern and texture. I was sporting a green mani to celebrate our Philadelphia Eagles being in the Super Bowl that year.
similar black turtleneck // similar green puffer // black jeans (budget option) // leopard mules (sold out) // Stella & Dot double pearl pendant // similar 11mm pearl earrings // nails: CND Pretty Poison
Outfit #4 Update:
The only puffer vest I have in my closet now is the Malone Distressed Faux Leather Puffer Vest that sold out almost as soon as it hit the Evereve website last fall, but this J.Crew quilted vest would work for a more classic look. I don’t typically wear the black vest over a black sweater, but I have this neutral grey and black look that I love.
Outfit Formula #5. Black Sweater + Black Pants
You can’t go wrong with an all-black outfit, and I styled faux leather leggings with a cozy black tunic sweater and black suede ankle boots a few years back.
This was also part of that Ann Taylor sponsorship, so these pieces are all sold out, but I would say this outfit still looks current. I would wear it as-is, except I’d swap that neon bag for a leopard clutch.
I also still like and would wear this outfit with a black donegal turtleneck, black skinny jeans, and black suede pumps. The mix of textures is partly what makes this look work. The donegal print in the sweater, the snakeskin embossed bag, and suede pumps work together beautifully, but it still needs something else.
Another one of my favorite ways to top off an all black outfit is with a classic camel coat, and for even more interest, you can add a patterned scarf. I love wearing leopard with black and camel. I would totally wear this exact look today.
Another alternative is a black leather jacket.
The leopard scarf really pops this look as well.
I was really digging those angled pictures back then, wasn’t I? LOL! I also think something is different with the newer iPhone camera. My mirror selfies now look totally different, and I almost feel like they make me look heavier somehow. I have put on some weight, but my clothing sizes haven’t changed a whole lot. Anyway, looking at these old pictures makes me wonder…
Outfit #5 Update:
I have lots of all black outfits in my archives, but this is the one I wore most recently. While I like those AG Farrah skinines in the looks above, and I still have them, I’ve put on some weight since those pictures were taken, and it hasn’t been very evenly distributed. Thanks, perimenopause!
I don’t feel as comfortable in skinnies with pumps these days, but I’m loving this Paige Claudine ankle flare. The flare leg opening helps balance out my hips and chest. I wore this outfit to dinner with Paul a few weeks ago.
And we went to the mall before dinner, so I wore these boots and changed into the pumps before we went into the restaurant.
And that’s a wrap! I hope this post gives you some new ideas for ways to wear a black sweater this winter.
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