5 Ways to Wear a Black Turtleneck

Greetings and happy Friday! I’m back with another 5 Ways to Wear post, and today I’m sharing 5 ways to wear a black turtleneck with several real-life examples of each.

A black turtleneck 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 current favorites (all come in black, even if not pictured that way):

If you don’t love a turtleneck, you can wear all of these looks with a v-neck or crewneck sweater, but I find myself gravitating to black turtlenecks in the wintertime. It’s partially because I’m cold-natured, but I also think they have such an elegant look about them… thank you, Aubrey Hepburn!

5 Ways to Wear a Black Turtleneck

#1. with Denim & a 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. with all neutrals. I pulled these two outfit ideas from deep in the archives… I think they’re both from 2016.

First, I paired a black turtleneck with medium wash blue jeans and added burgundy suede booties and a leopard clutch. You can do this with red or burgundy or pink pumps or flats too! I have hot pink suede pumps, and I love wearing them with jeans and a black top.

Caslon ribbed detail relaxed turtleneck (other options) // DL1961 Emma legging jeans // burgundy suede booties // Clare V. leopard foldover clutch

In this next look, I went with black leather OTK boots and added a fun plaid scarf and a coordinating beanie.

Caslon ribbed detail relaxed turtleneck (other options) // DL1961 Emma legging jeans // similar boots // plaid scarf option // pink pom pom beanie

#2. with Denim & a Neutral Jacket

One of my favorite ways to wear a black turtleneck is with my taupe suede moto jacket. I actually shared the two looks below in my post on 5 ways to wear a suede moto jacket. 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.

black donegal turtleneck // BlankNYC suede moto jacket (wearing a medium) // similar blue jeans // Rebecca Minkoff Mika Mules // Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody // hematite horn pendant

The look below is similar, but with a different black turtleneck and booties instead of mules.

black turtleneck options // BlankNYC suede moto jacket // similar blue jeans // Rag & Bone Margot booties (budget option) // Rebecca Minkoff Love crossbody

#3. with a Pencil Skirt

I put this look together at holiday time, but it’s totally appropriate to wear all winter long. This skirt has some shimmer to it, so if you feel that’s too fancy for work or church, go for a more classic tweed or plaid wool pencil skirt.

flare sleeve turtleneck tunic sweater (50% off) // shimmer pencil skirt (50% off) // tortoiseshell print heel booties (50% off) // lime gold foldover satin clutch (50% off)

Granted, I wasn’t wearing a turtleneck with the outfit below, but I certainly could. In fact, I think I’d prefer a turtleneck with it. I wore suede OTK boots rather than ankle boots for a sleeker, more classic look.

similar black sweater (option) // tweed skirts // Stuart Weitzman Alljill Over the Knee Boots (options) // black tights // black satchel

#4. with a Bold Puffer Vest

I love pairing my black turtleneck with a puffer vest in a bold color. The burgundy vest below is my current favorite, and if you’re a regular, you’ve seen me style it multiple ways, but usually with a grey or black sweater underneath. The grey jeans are a nice change from blue jeans, but both work with this look.

black turtleneck options // burgundy puffer (option) // grey jeans // black booties (budget option)

In this next look, I wore my black turtleneck with a green puffer, and then I decided to keep the base of the outfit monochromatic by wearing black jeans. I added leopard slides for a fun pattern, but I would also wear black loafers or booties with this look, or even black and white sneakers like Adidas Superstars or VEJA Espalars.

Note my green mani… I wore this outfit the weekend of the Superbowl last year. Fly, Eagles, Fly!

black turtleneck options // green puffer // black jeans (budget option) // leopard loafers // double pearl pendant // nails: CND Pretty Poison

#5. with Black Pants

You can’t go wrong with an all-black outfit, and leather leggings (faux leather in this case) are the perfect pairing to a cozy sweater because of the great mix of textures. I also wore black suede ankle boots with a tortoiseshell print heel that are swoon-worthy, and I added a pop of color in my bag. Yes, this picture was clearly taken at Christmastime, but I will wear this outfit all winter long.

flare sleeve turtleneck tunic sweater (50% off) // faux leather ponte leggings ($25 off) // tortoiseshell print heel booties (50% off) // lime gold foldover satin clutch (50% off)

Finally, a black turtleneck with black skinny pants is as Audrey Hepburn as it gets, and it’s an outfit that never gets old. I modernized the look with black jeans, and my turtleneck has a donegal pattern in the knit, which adds a little extra something to the all black look.

When wearing monochromatic looks, having a variety of textures keeps it from being boring, so my black snakeskin embossed bag is a great addition to this outfit.

While wearing all black is certainly elegant, you can always layer on some other pieces for added interest. One of my favorite ways to top off an all black outfit is with a classic camel coat.

For even more interest, you can add a patterned scarf — I love wearing leopard with black and camel.

Another alternative is a black leather jacket.

The leopard scarf really pops this look as well.

This what I actually wore to dinner and a musical in Philly last night. I decided to swap the pumps for booties. Although I can walk miles in my black suede pumps, the booties seemed more practical for the city, plus it was cold.

I did wear black socks, in case you’re wondering! The jeans kind of crunch on top of the booties, so you can’t really see them, but when I sit or move around, it looks fine because the pants, boots, and socks are all the same color.

black donegal turtleneck // black jeans (budget option) // tortoiseshell print heel booties (50% off) // camel reefer coat (on sale here) // necklace // bag // sunnies c/o Maui Jim

I hope this gives you some new ideas for ways to wear a black turtleneck!

Fashion Friday


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