Let’s be honest: Necklines matter at 50. It’s why women with even a hint of wattle, neck cords or loose skin love V necklines and the illusion they create of a swan-like neck and longer torso. However, this winter, turtlenecks, not V necks, are the trendiest neckline to wear. Are they a flattering choice for mature necks? Sure, if you know a few tricks to wearing them. Here’s how to stay warm, ditch your scarves and level up your wardrobe with a turtle or two:
1. Make a classic black turtleneck your first choice
Though turtlenecks range from chunky to cropped, cabled to silky smooth, a simple black one is always chic. Polished but edgy, it makes a powerful style statement without trying too hard. Perhaps that is why it’s been a signature item for everyone from Steve Jobs to Audrey Hepburn. Slip one under a white shirt unbuttoned to a V, use it as a neckline filler under jackets and blazers or pair a black turtleneck and boots with a summery midi or maxi skirt to winterize the look.
2. Choose how high and tight to go
This is the key to wearability. Those who like the hug of a cuddly fold-over “turtle” can go high. Those who can’t stand the closed-in feeling or just prefer a looser fit can choose a drapey cowl. Those with short or wide necks and anyone preferring a bulk-free turtle can opt for a lower mock neck. All are super stylish and considered turtles. Cowl necks are a good choice for those concerned about wrecking hair and makeup when getting dressed.