How to Wear Fashion’s Weirdest Invention, the Sleeveless Turtleneck
The sleeveless turtleneck is a fantastical garment. It always looks great and the concept sounds stellar. No more bulky sleeves! And guess what? The wearer gets an elegant, long neck whether or not they had one to begin with.
But the whole idea behind a proper turtleneck is to keep warm, and a turtleneck without sleeves negates that purpose. In a way, it’s one of those garments that can only be worn in the perfect setting that is neither hot nor cold. Good luck finding that utopian mix.
Maybe, though, it is precisely the impracticality of the sleeveless turtleneck that makes it such an aspirational, somewhat impossible-to-wear piece of clothing. It doesn’t make any logical sense but, at the same time, there’s something kind of great about how impractical it is.
But there is a practical side to the sleeveless turtleneck. You can wear it as a layering piece underneath a cardigan or blazer with skinny arms. Or wear the sleeveless turtleneck like you would a t-shirt or undershirt and let it serve as a subtle layering piece. Let it poke out the top of a crewneck sweater or wear with an open blazer. The beauty is that you won't overheat like you would with its long-sleeve sister but you still get that chic neck moment. If your sleeveless number is thick enough, you can try layering underneath it with a contrasting fabric or printed long or short sleeve top.
Conundrum solved. Still want to wear the sleeveless turtleneck without layering? Go ahead. Bare your arms but be sure to grit your teeth—you might look chic but may be a bit cold.