Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
The turtleneck is a closet basic. Like the fitted t-shirt, it's available in countless shapes, prints, fabrics and fits, making it one of the most versatile items a woman can have in her wardrobe. There's a good chance you already own at least one turtleneck already—if not, what are you waiting for?—but our list of the best turtlenecks, below, will show you how this winter go-to is not only the ultimate layering piece, but a chic and cozy top that can be worn solo. From the lightweight and practical to the oversized and warm, these are the must-have turtlenecks to stock up on.
This Ganni printed turtleneck is the perfect transitional piece for layering under the summer clothing you're having a hard time bidding goodbye. Wear this turtleneck under your favorite slip dress to carry it into the winter months. Finish off your look with some trendy combat boots and a moto jacket and you're out the door.
The Lacausa ribbed turtleneck is the perfect cozy but lightweight sweater. The ribbed texture of this turtleneck gives it a close fit, and the multiple colorways make it a versatile piece that will slot right into anyone's closet and life.
It's sweater weather season (finally)! You're lying to yourself if you don't think a plush pullover turtleneck is what really gets you through the bitter cold months. Pair this relaxed-fit turtleneck with a knit skirt or your favorite denim and you're ready to go with little effort.
We're cropping everything this season, from puffers and cardigans to turtlenecks! Wear yours with a pair of high-waisted bottoms that match up with the cropped hem.
The Wolford Colorado bodysuit is an fashion editor favorite. Available in both black and white, this turtleneck is another go-to base layer for any outfit. No matter if you're sporting this turtleneck with denim or your favorite silky pieces. the soft stretch fabric and thong bodysuit give you a seamless tuck every time.
The Range has a knack for making the perfect basics you'll want to wear on repeat. Try this high-neck, shoulder-baring top with a pair of wide-leg trousers for a polished look.
We love a peekaboo moment. This cozy and slouchy turtleneck shows some skin with its shoulder baring cut-out. Wear this on date night or to dinner with the girls for a little unexpected detail.
Who doesn't swoon over cashmere? Vince does it best with timeless staples made from super-soft luxe cashmere. This relaxed-fit turtleneck works with everything, from denim to pleated skirts.
Whether you're hitting the slopes or waiting by the fire for all the après ski activities, this turtleneck is practically screaming for its time in the spotlight.
Raey's merino wool turtleneck is a flawless example of the borrowed-from-the-boys fit. Pair this oversized turtleneck-sweater with other neutral pieces for a low-key look. You still can layer this with more oversized pieces like jackets and blazers; the thick wool will eliminate the need for a bulky winter coat.
This uber-sheer turtleneck might not keep you warm this winter—but paired with a black trouser and a full-coverage bra, this transparent look is sure to turn up the heat.