Ask Belle: Turtleneck Troubles
Oct 16, 2012
Thanks for all of your AskBelle posts lately! I was reading them today and it got me wondering, are there rules for who can wear turtlenecks? I think they look so chic, but I’m a bit bustier and not exactly rail-thin, and I’m wondering if the look can still work on me. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject. If you approve, do you have any tips for styling them or recommendations for a quality turtleneck?
Truth be told, I don’t wear turtlenecks. In fact, I kind of avoid them.
First off, being long-torsoed, I can never find turtlenecks that are long enough. Secondly, I find that turtlenecks are only truly flattering on tall, proportional people. On almost everyone else, the large swath of fabric overwhelms the wearer. I think this would be especially troublesome on a woman with a larger bust.
The only exception I make is for turtleneck dresses–I like this $70 option from Victoria’s Secret and this more expensive dress from Theory. I’ve seen some flattering ones out there, but I do suggest wearing them with a belt to help break up the look.
If you like turtlenecks and you are confident that you look nice in them, then I’m not going to stop you. But I think that for most women, it’s not they’re best look. Have a brand suggestion for good turtlenecks? Leave it in the comments.