My last blog post dealt with “uniform dressing” – a simpler, more stylish way to dress. Prior to that I made the case for a different kind of wardrobe, one with “fewer, better things.”
For today, I’d like to offer a simple starting point – one I’m sure will make uniform dressing work: the black cashmere turtleneck, one of my favorites!
Elana Fishmen, in her piece The Insanely Versatile Top Your Winter Wardrobe Needs, says it perfectly:
The plain white t-shirt may be your go-to wardrobe basic during the warmer spring and summer months – but in the fall and winter, it’s all about the black turtleneck.
Some clothes –a handful of classics– are unaffected by trends. They look great always.
Audrey Hepburn, Jackie O – they’re two from many of the most celebrated fashion icons that have made the black turtleneck a winter wardrobe staple.
Today, we still find pop-icons like Taylor Swift looking stylish and modern in a black turtleneck.
Kristen Iversen has a great piece in Brooklyn Magazine called The 35 Most Important Women in Turtlenecks.
The turtleneck is about as universally flattering as a garment can get, drawing the eye up to a woman’s face, as if it rests on a pedestal, only so that the eye can travel back down again.
It’s my feeling that a black cashmere turtleneck always elevates a look: the high neck elongates the torso, and, of course, black is the ultimate visual body slimmer.
What’s more: with a black cashmere turtleneck as a foundation piece, you have so many stylish outfit options.
The sweater can look totally dressed up in one outfit but laid back in another.
Wear it with jeans, and you’re downtown chic. Pair it with a pencil skirt or tailored pants, and your look is uptown luxury and elegance.
Or, for your go-to outfit for a black tie event, try wearing your black cashmere turtleneck with a long skirt and statement necklace.
You can use your black turtleneck as the centerpiece of an elegant monochromatic look, or you can pair with almost any other color.
And just because the black turtleneck is a basic, don’t think it’s too conservative! You can pair it with something unexpected if you want to go a bit adventurous in your styling.
For example, we love this look below: Blair Eadie, famous fashion blogger at www.atlantic-pacific.com, wears her black turtleneck with a white tutu and black Christian Louboutin’s. Her look is simply stunning!
We think our Caroline Cashmere Turtleneck sets the standard in a high quality investment piece. The fit of the Caroline is perfectly versatile – snug enough to wear comfortably under a blazer, but not too tight to wear on its own.
Of course, the turtleneck design provides cozy warmth, but the 2-ply weight makes it a great layering piece. We knit our Caroline Turtleneck at 21 gauge – much tighter than turtlenecks of ordinary quality. This gives our sweaters a silky, smooth drape and helps ensure that they won’t lose their shape over time.
By now, I hope I’ve made the case for the black cashmere turtleneck as a timeless standard – a wardrobe “must have”.
But, for a bit of wardrobe variety, don’t be afraid to try a winter white, a classic camel, or rich brown. These are great basic and versatile colors that add depth to this timeless look.
If you are looking for a size and color of our Caroline Turtlenecks that are already sold out, please contact me by phone (888-343-6771) or email (email@example.com). More are on the way from Scotland and I will hold one for you.
Founder and Owner – Isle of Skye Cashmere