Layering Gold: Ribbed Knit Turtlenecks


Any long-time reader can attest to the fact that I have a slight turtleneck dependency.  I spend pretty much alllll winter in cozy turtleneck sweaters, and I’ll even admit to wearing them on the beach.  Like this.  (In my defense, it was Spring.)  So when this ribbed turtleneck sweater popped up in Nordstroms Anniversary Sale (two years ago!!), obviously, I snapped it up.

What I didn’t expect, however, is that this simple sweater would end up being a sort of sartorial glue – holding many an outfit together.  It basically acts as a chic baselayer for everyday winter outfits, and thanks to the thicker ribbing, I can wear it on it’s own.  The ribbing camouflages lumps and bumps nicely, allowing me to take layers on/off without fear.  I’ve always been a JCrew tissue turtleneck girl, but I’ve found that the ribbed knit is a decided upgrade.

Not only does the ribbed knit work as a warm-yet-thin layer under sweaters, but it can also winter-proof an otherwise summery dress or top.  And once we actually hit our Spring stride, with temps in the baffling 60’s….I’ll be wearing it with shorts.  Even Vogue is on board:


Granted, Vogue’s “outfit” needs a little translating to a real-world situation, but the idea is there.

In honor of the supposed wintery weekend coming up (yay finally!!)…. I have a few pics of how I’ve been using this ribbed turtleneck as a chic baselayer.  I’m happy to mess around with some shorts/dresses/tanktop pairings as well, so let me know if you’d like to see that, too.

Outfit Details

ribbed knit turtleneck: Vince Skinny Rib Turtleneck, xs for reference – this piece is long sold out, but it pops up on Ebay every once in a while.  I suspect that this Michael Stars ribbed knit turtleneck is very similar.  I also have this 525 America one in black, xs and love it.  It’s not *quite* as drapey (cashmere vs cotton), but currently on sale for $37.

lace-up sweatshirt: Sincerely Jules lace-up sweatshirt (xs for reference)….and Nordstrom has it in both gray and olive

jeans: AG The Legging in 10Y well worn

boots: Stuart Weitzman Lowlands, also on Amazon

backpack: Rebecca Minkoff Julian….also with gold zippers, or also in nylon!

sunglasses: Ray-ban Erika classics….or with mirrored lenses…..and this is the nude pair I’m considering for summer.

winter coat: Fleurette (size 0 for reference) – now 50% off!

gloves: Kate Spade – the exact pair is sold out, but a convertible pair is available, or mittens, or blue

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