All photos taken by: Alexis Holified (Instagram: @lexiloathesyou)
“The best time to wear a striped sweater, is all the time. One with a collar, turtleneck, that’s the kind.” – Spongebob Squarepants, RIP Stephen Hillenburg.
And just like Spongebob, I too have many feels for this prized element of clothing that fall and winter bring; the amazing, wonderful turtleneck.
The turtleneck was once considered the bane of my existence. As a child, when my mom dressed me in itchy turtlenecks, ya girl wasn’t having it. Fast-forward to today where I’ve already purchased four turtlenecks for my current fall/winter wardrobe, and still have about five more in my forever 21 basket online.
Everyone loves a good turtleneck, and if you don’t, you should, and here’s why:
The turtleneck, formally known as the polo neck, got its start in the 1800’s, popularized by polo players at the time. Also worn by the workingman, the turtleneck was often associated with privilege and power. Then there was a shift, the turtleneck became a power statement that women grasped hold of, playing into the narrative that women can be sexy in more than just a bikini. The turtleneck has been labeled in many different facets over the years. Some say they’re for the prude conservative type, some say they’re for the powerful type, or even for the nerds. But for me, the turtleneck is for any and everybody who is either a fashion icon, or who honestly doesn’t give a f*ck about what anyone has to say.
Let us take a moment to recognize some of the most epic examples of turtlenecks:
- Kathleen Cleaver, an icon that put on a turtleneck in the name of injustice
- Prince. Serving face, nothing out of the ordinary there
- Naturally, Future cleans up nicely in his fitted suit and turtleneck
- And check the drip from Drake in the I’m Upset music video
Never forget the power of a good turtleneck.
And for those of you who still don’t believe, or have been scared since childhood, don’t fear, turtlenecks are here to save your wardrobe slump and give you the confidence that will take you above and beyond expectations. Secure the neck, the turtleneck that is.
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