I found my transitionwear uniform: the turtleneck. Winter is still tying up its final touches of the season as April Showers are heading in. Spring is when it is hot in the sun and cold in the shade, as my friend Molly used to say. The perfect layering piece to keep me warm, but not sweaeting is the cotton and elastane turtleneck. Any time of lyocell or tencel blend is perfect for extra comfort. Wearing this alone or underneath another garment is perfect for looking put together at work under a dress shirt or casual days weekend excursions.
Here is me donning a lounge look with these Intimissimi silk trousers at home.
My sister in law once wore a black turtleneck to work, and she works as a developer. Everyone at the office thought she was trying to channel Steve Jobs, but the truth is this piece is timeless. I try to avoid black because of previous anecdote, so wearing dark tones in my deep Winter colour season suits me best. If aiming toward a softer look, opt for brighter pastels. Never be afraid to add flattering colour if you want to appear more feminine. Elegance is already in the bag when it comes to a turtleneck. All you need is a smart trouser.
Depending on how casual your office is, this is something that easily makes you look polished as long as you groom regularly. I see people who show up to work without a brushing of their hair, and it throws off their entire look. You do not have to have a full glam face with tons of makeup. The simpler the better. Hair is to be kept out of your face. I try to use my hair as a shield to make my features softer, because I have a strong forehead and soften the sides with my hairline.
Lately, I have been growing more interested in high necks. As an F cup chest, it is easy to look sexy in the simplest of silhouettes. What I mean is, even if the neckline is not intended to be overtly revealing, I have no choice. As long as a turtleneck is stretchy or of breathable fabric, it does not matter if it is sleeveless. This Spring and Summer, I have my eye on several sleeveless roll necks to add to my warmer climate style.
Showing my arms is not a thing of being self consciousness, but more of self preservation. I enjoy dressing more conservatively as I protect my arms from sunlight that sparks discomfort from my laser tattoo removal sessions. When wearing a sleeveless turtleneck, I will still wear a long sleeve lightweight cardigan to cover the work being done, and protect it from UV damage.
I love layering and was already styling my turtlenecks under my shirt only to find out Ralph Lauren did it on the runway. Since the 90s and in all his recent shows too. What a fabulous coincidence. Supporting Jewish American brands are also something I like to do, especially when the style and quality are upstanding. This is a timeless layering combination that I cannot stop wearing.
This high neck out of modal cashmere by Intimissimi (below) is one of my favourite layering pieces for Spring. I also want some thicker cashmere and wool turtlenecks for all year round. It is quite biting ten months out of the year, here, in Kentucky. It only makes sense to stock on up something comfortable that is easy to go from indoor to outdoor adventures. I find it difficult to want to change and remove clothes too often when it is cold. Sticking to a handful of items that are warm makes sense when you do not want to expose your skin to cold air no matter how brief the moment. I love turtlenecks especially when I do not plan to undress my jacket.
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