My fitted black turtlenecks are easily some of my most reached-for pieces every fall. As a wardrobe basic, a black turtleneck can obviously be worn on its own. For me, however, I love layering a black turtleneck with other items in my closet. In this post you’ll find a handful of easy black turtleneck outfit ideas plus some of my favorite black turtlenecks.
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5 Ways to Style a Black Turtleneck
Why You Need a Black Turtleneck
For me, half the fun of cold weather dressing is layering. Of course, a big part of layering is out of sheer practicality to stay warm, but aesthetically, I love how a layered outfit looks. A fitted black turtleneck is the easiest way to add a layer of warmth to your outfit without adding bulk.
I own a few different black turtlenecks in my closet depending on my needs for the day.
The Wear-With-Anything Black Turtleneck
A basic, fitted black turtleneck can give you plenty of options for fall and winter outfits.
I like to wear this black turtleneck on its own tucked into jeans or wide leg pants, but it also works layered under dresses, button up shirts, blazers, etc.
The Best Black Turtleneck for Cold Weather
On days when it’s extra chilly, I love Commando’s Ballet Body Bodysuit. Even though this bodysuit appears thin, something about its nylon/spandex/cotton blend makes it super cozy on cold fall or winter days.
This is my go-to black turtleneck when I want extra warmth. To me, this provides the same warmth as a sweater, it’s that good!
For a Layered Fall Look When It’s Warm
If you get hot easily, or fall and winter are warmer where you live, you can still fake a cozy layered turtleneck outfit with a sleeveless mock neck top. It’ll give you the same layered appearance as traditional turtlenecks while providing more air circulation.
As someone who lives in Los Angeles part-time, a sleeveless mock neck is the perfect “fake out” to a fall outfit in hot weather.
Black Turtleneck Outfit Ideas
Under a Dress
My favorite way to style a black turtleneck in fall or winter is by layering it under a midi or maxi dress. This is also a really easy way to extend the life of your dresses into another season.
For my tips on transitioning your dresses into fall, read this post.
SHOP MY OUTFIT: BLACK TURTLENECK | PLAID BLAZER (SIMILAR HERE AND HERE) | BLACK CROPPED TROUSERS | LUG SOLE LOAFERS (SIMILAR HERE)
With a Blazer
If you need a polished look for the office or a meeting, try tucking your black turtleneck into slim trousers and top it off with a blazer and some of-the-moment loafers. I love the black on black with a pop of plaid; if you get hot remove the blazer and you’ll still look chic.
SHOP MY OUTFIT: BLACK TURTLENECK | PLAID WIDE LEG PANTS | PLAID BLAZER | MARY JANE BALLET FLATS
With Wide Leg Pants
I love a good suit with a sleek black turtleneck. These wide legs pants are super comfy, so I’d go sans blazer during the day while working or to run errands. I’d throw on the blazer for a business meeting and even for dinner with a bright red lip.
SHOP MY OUTFIT: POLKA DOT SKIRT | BLACK TURTLENECK | SUEDE SHIRT JACKET | BLACK BELT | BLACK BOOTIES (SIMILAR HERE) | BLACK BAG
Dressed up With a Skirt and Heels
I shared this outfit in this post and I love it so much I’m sharing it again here. Find a midi skirt, a pair of heels or heeled bootie, and a black turtleneck and you have an easy, instant way to dress up this closet basic.
SHOP MY OUTFIT: QUILTED SHACKET | JEANS | BLACK TURTLENECK | HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS
A Casual Black Turtleneck and Jeans Look
On days when I don’t want to think about getting dressed or don’t have the time, I’ll just throw on my black turtleneck with jeans and sneakers for a casual look. When it’s cold, I’ll add a long coat over my outfit.