I received a text recently while I was sick sitting at home on my couch (missing a party that l really wanted to be at) watching re-runs of The West Wing, going through a box of tissues an hour, and practicing needlepoint. That’s a story for another time though. The reason that this particular moment is significant is because the text that I received was from my friend saying: “I’m going to the bar in a turtleneck.” As if to say, don’t worry you aren’t missing anything. But my initial reaction wasn’t “Oh, phew! If she’s wearing a turtleneck, the party is sure to be lame.” My initial reaction was “UGH, how cool of her! I need to start wearing my turtlenecks again. I miss those bad boys.” Hence the turtleneck brigade has started to manifest itself in a big way back in my day to day earlier than usual this fall. I’ve already alluded to being inclined to keep my summer favorites in rotation as the temperatures dip by throwing a turtleneck underneath. Please consider this exhibit A. The turtleneck under the tassel-fringe-embroidered jacket that I was wearing this summer (as seen here) with a bikini top underneath. God I love versatility!
Here’s another thought about a turtleneck though, I remember in high school (I went to a private all girls school in Connecticut where we had a strict uniform) when a girl was wearing a turtleneck under her navy blue (probably too short) jumper instead of the usual white polo, button down or Peter Pan collared shirt it was assumed she must be hiding a hickey. Because, who in their right mind would choose the turtleneck. I am now looking back at my high school self in horror – the turtleneck was the COOL choice! Maybe my greater appreciation for the turtleneck now is because I am more immersed in fashion than I was at the age of 15, or perhaps it is because I wear rose tinted glasses and think that since they were all over Phoebe Philo’s Céline runways circa Fall 2011 that the turtleneck made a hard comeback and isn’t the underdog anymore but is the MVP. I guess the jury is still out, but if you ask me, the turtleneck is too cool for school.
Jewelry: Miansai Naomi Cuff, Sarah Chloe Ava Gothic Personalized Necklace, Belliza Knight Pendant Necklace, Venessa Arizaga Bombshell Bracelet and Cool Beans Bracelet, Tribal Beaded Cuff found on Etsy, Lionette Costa Bracelet, Lionette Lilu Earring, Stella & Dot Nugget Wrap Bracelet, Libra Ring old (also love these), Belliza Knight Rings, Steven Alan gold bar stud earrings, Number ’13′ earrings found on Etsy, Vintage Rolex Watch
Photography by Alexander Scott Harris