Unexpectedly Hot - Turtlenecks

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Just to be clear, I mean hot as in, you know, hawt, but of course turtlenecks are also hot as in temperature, which is what makes them so perfect. It's totally possible to be all cozy and covered-up and turn heads at the same time.

Because I'm not talking about those thick, wear-under-everything-especially-that
sweater-Aunt-Mildred-gave-you turtlenecks you wore in junior high (or was it just me?). Nor am I talking about those itchy, scratchy, neck-rash inducing long-underwear type nightmares. No, I'm talking about superfine cotton (with perhaps an itty bit of lycra for stretch) that slips over your skin and clings in all the right places. Turtlenecks with thin, subtle stripes or feminine puckering on the shoulders. Turtlenecks that draw attention away from your problem areas and up to your pretty, pretty face. And if it's a mock turtleneck, hey, I'm from Los Angeles so even better.

Yes, so maybe I'm just tired of messing with scarves (and inevitably losing them) or maybe I'm just so tired of the oppressive heat in Los Angeles (I know, cry me a river) that I'm trying to give a great psychic, fashion-driven welcome to autumn (hello, it's November and the first rain lasted all of 15 minutes?) with long-necked shirts. Either way, I'm loving the turtleneck right now.

My turtleneck fling happened by accident on an impulsive trip to Anthropologie (love, love that store). I stumbled upon this cream and white striped mock turtleneck and couldn't get over the detailing - the petals on the neckline, puckering on the shoulders, the subtle poof around the wrists. It made me feel sleek and sexy and oh-so feminine, but also warm and comfy-cozy. Mmmm...I was hearing falling leaves rustle in the autumn wind already.

And so turtlenecks became my current fashion must-have.

Like the fit and styling but not sure about the stripes or petaling? I also like this simpler version by Rachel Pally too.

And this thin grey cashmere turtleneck from YAYA manages to be both sexy (sheer above the bodice) and sweet (subtle sweetheart neckline).

And, speaking of those hand-knitted numbers from Aunt Mildred, this number from L.A.M.B. lends a rockstar edge to a classic look. Leave it to Gwen to give a piece an updated, subtly subversive twist.

So sure, turtlenecks are great for layering (check out this post by blackbird for great layering-friendly turtlenecks), especially if you don't live in Los Angeles or anywhere with a similar nary-a-cloud-in-the-sky climate, but sometimes you need to show off that, er, lack of skin. Because even turtlenecks can be hot.

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