1 Item, 3 Ways: The Black Turtleneck

Turtlenecks get a bad rap. The high neck and usually thick knit put people off – but the truth is, not only are turtlenecks versatile as heck, they’re pretty stylish. As a plus size woman shopping for turtleneck sweaters, there are a few things to keep in mind for a flattering fit:

Opt for a thinner knit. Cableknit may be thicker and warmer, but it will add bulk to your torso and bust, which will ruin the silhouette.
Try a different sleeve length. I like the 3/4 length on this sweater – it cuts off my arm at the elbow when rolled up and shows off my wrists (which I happen to love)
Keep it tight. The best way to keep it modern is to make sure that the fit is tight. You want close to the body to show off your figure.

This turtleneck from Lane Bryant hit the trifecta for me. Nice, light knit fabric, good sleeve length and a close-to-the-body fit. Now, let’s talk about my 3 favorite ways you can wear it!

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how to wear a turtleneck, plus size turtleneck, fashion turtleneck, modern turtleneck, crystal coons, sometimes glam

Casual Errand Running

jeans via city chic | trenchcoat via coach {old, similar in black} | shoes via h&m {old, similar} | bag via forever 21 {old, this one is so chic!}

If you’re a jeans-and-a-t-shirt girl, or even just a busy gal who wants a quick, but cute look – this is a great way to elevate your casual style. I paired the turtleneck with my dark skinnies for a sleek look and threw on some fancy flats and a trench coat for a coffee stop on my morning errands. It’s dressier than my usual crew-neck tee and really makes me feel super polished.

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how to wear a turtleneck, plus size turtleneck, fashion turtleneck, modern turtleneck, crystal coons, sometimes glam

Girl’s Night Out

skirt via lane bryant | heel via simplybe | clutch via coach {old, this one is super cute!}

Okay babes, let’s kick this up a notch. Pairing that fitted plus size turtleneck with a flouncy leather skirt an you’ve got a winning evening look perfectly suited for an evening out with your babes. If you’re back East and it’s chilly, add some tights & boots to this look to keep a bit warmer. Since this is an all-black look, I added pops of red to sass things up a bit.

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how to wear a turtleneck, plus size turtleneck, fashion turtleneck, modern turtleneck, crystal coons, sometimes glam

Party Perfect

skirt via society + | heels via valentino

The ultimate contradiction to a tulle skirt is a practical turtleneck. Which is why they are the perfect pairing! The contradiction – the juxtaposition makes this not only chic but interesting. Like the look with the black leather skirt, it’s all about balance when you’re trying to dress up a turtleneck; the volume on the bottom makes the top look smaller (and defines the waist more).

I hope this inspired you to try something new! Remember, fashion is about trying new things, pushing boundaries, doing something new – or, in this case, taking a traditionally frowned upon garment and making it work!