Sweater weather

Everybody needs a little neck-hug sometimes.

Ever since “Hotline Bling”, many memes have come out of Drake’s fabulous dad-dancing moves. But let’s be real: the true star of that video is his turtleneck.

After their first appearance on several fall and winter runways, fashion tastemakers are making a call — the turtleneck is back in style for this coming season. And you’ll be hard pressed to find someone more excited than me.

The general opinion on turtlenecks is divided between love and hate, so let me give you some background on the style.

“Radicals” in the arts scene have used the turtleneck to rebel against the status quo. Think Steve Jobs sitting next to Bill Gates: two comparable men, but more importantly, two very different sweaters.

Nowadays, the turtleneck is used both for practicality and fashion.

If Drake hasn’t gotten you on the turtleneck train, or you’re afraid to wrap your neck in the warm embrace of cotton, let this be your guide to the best trend of the winter season.

Fabric

Some styles of turtlenecks can be tight around the neck, so I recommend trying on any style before you buy to make sure the material doesn’t bother you. 

In general, stay away from synthetic materials if you have sensitive skin. The investment in nicer quality fabrics, like wool or cashmere, will also be worth it in the cold Kingston winters.

Pay attention to the washing instructions on your sweater too. I can’t tell you how many I’ve ruined by putting them in the dryer.

Colour

If this is your first turtleneck, or you’re investing in a high-quality piece, I suggest sticking with black, white and earth tones like grey, forest green or oatmeal. You’ll never regret a classic-coloured sweater.

But if you’re looking for more of a statement, a jewel-toned purple or a deep blue are both stunning options for the fall/winter season. I’m also a big fan of mustard and cranberry sweaters for the holidays.

As always, make sure you try them on before buying. Turtlenecks are usually right below your face, and can sometimes wash you out. 

Style

The great thing about turtlenecks is that they require minimal styling. The neckline is a statement in itself, so everything else should be toned down.

For an everyday look, a thick turtleneck with slim jeans balances your figure and gives the impression you put a lot of effort into your look. For men, the thick sweater can be overpowering on wider shoulders, so try out a thinner turtleneck for everyday. 

For a more fashion-forward look, pair your sweater with patterned bottoms with a small design, a textured vest or a midi skirt and some killer boots.

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