To Show Skin or Not Show Skin?

That is the question…with an answer that may come as a surprise. For those of us who have always considered the turtleneck to be fashionably taboo, it may be time to reconsider. According to The New York Times Style gurus, the turtleneck may once again be “coming out of its shell” and making a comeback in the fashion world.

Most consider the turtleneck’s time in the sun to be the 70s. For me, the turtleneck is an all too vivid reminder of my Limited Too-themed 80s childhood. Considered stylish among the elementary school crowd (or at least you would have thought with the frequency of which I donned them!), the turtleneck then took a much needed 20+ year hiatus from the fashion-forward scene. That is, until recently, when it has once again become chic to cover up and rock those turtlenecks as Rachel Roy did at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Awards this past November.

With a history that outlives most garments, stretching all the way back to the late 1800s, the turtleneck was bound to go in and out of style a few times. But is it really time for the turtleneck comeback? Designers seem to think so and are ushering it in, in full force. Michael Kors, Donna Karen, Joseph Altuzarra and Olivier Theyskens in his Theory line all are believers in the turtleneck and consider it to not only be fashionable, but will go so far as to considerate it sexy. With these frigid cold days upon us in Boston, you have to admit a turtleneck sounds pretty awesome. I suppose time (or temps) will tell on how long it will take us to crack and become turtleneck believers too…  As for me, when it dips below zero, I most likely will be runway-ready in no time!

Posted by Heather

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