Let’s talk about turtlenecks

You’re about to be up to your chin in fashion—literally. Recurring 70s styles have brought back the turtleneck, and it just happens to be one of the most functional wardrobe pieces for fall. Not only will it keep you warm, but it will also help transition your favorite summer styles into winter staples.

Of course, you can always go the simple route and pair your favorite high necked long-sleeve shirt or sweater with a pair of jeans and boots or sneakers, but anyone can do that. What I love about turtlenecks is that they’re a great layering piece.

Ponchos have been making it big this season too, and while you can also hide your favorite tee underneath, a turtleneck will add an extra pop of color or texture sticking out from the sleeves and neck. A few fitted, basic colored turtlenecks work great for layering under thicker, patterned pieces of clothing.

For example, you might pick out the reds or maroons of a fair isle, crewneck sweater and match a turtleneck underneath, or pick a cream-colored one to pair with a chunky, black and brown poncho. For basic fall colors I recommend cream, black, warm browns, deep reds, navy and forest green.

Another easy way to switch up your basics into something more exciting is to upgrade your turtlenecks to a sweater material with more texture. I like to pair these with a lightweight fall jacket and a simple, charm necklace. One of my favorite combos is a light gray merino wool turtleneck under an eye-catching leather jacket with a simple pearl necklace to create a tasteful, yet edgy monochromatic color scheme.

Want to try something a little more creative? Turtlenecks are a great way to keep your sleeveless dresses stylish all the way through fall. They work best under crewneck, shift and A-line dresses. Anything without a defined waist but with a slightly higher neck. I’ve seen plenty of girls wearing black, sleeveless swing dresses that would still look amazing through the winter with an added layer. I’ve also been dying to get a straight, structured, plaid dress to pull over a black turtleneck as it starts to get colder. Complete these looks with tights, peak-a-boo socks and boots to keep you warm.

Honestly, there’s not much you can’t do with a turtleneck, and luckily for you, they’re everywhere! If you’re looking to save, shop Forever21 or H&M and wait for a sale at Abercrombie, Nordstrom or Macy’s. Happy shopping!