On the red carpet or out doing errands, celebs are proving that the turtleneck is frumpy no more.
Rachel Roy at the CFDA Vogue Fashion Awards
“I find that the turtleneck has one of the chicest silhouettes,” Rachel Roy said in a NY Times article on the return of the turtleneck. The designer created high drama with her look at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Awards in a sheer nude turtleneck, embossed velvet maxi skirt, and furry white vest.
She wore another turtleneck look at the screening of W.E. at the MOMA in a classic palette of navy, nude, and coral. Roy’s not the only designer with her eyes on the high neck—Altazurra, Olivier Theysens, and Dries Van Noten have all sent turtlenecks down the runway recently.
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Paz de la Huerta
At the Y&J Multiplicity by Robert Verdi jewelry launch, Paz de la Huerta blended naughty and nice in a reserved silver turtleneck and sexy lace tights.
Gwyneth Paltrow looked sweet and ladylike at a Williams Sonoma book signing in a mock turtleneck Vionnet dress with a bow belt and assymetrical skirt and Aperlai sandals.
Rihanna on the Tube
Turtlenecks are also easy to cozy up to in a wintry sweater. Rihanna looked down to earth as she rode the tube in a chunky knit cowl neck sweater by Yigal Azrouel.
The signer wore another knit look in London, baring her arms but covering up her neck in an Alexander Wang sleeveless turtleneck tunic and Salvatore Ferragamo houndstooth pumps.
Gwen Stefani couldn’t be missed on the street in London wearing a cherry red turtleneck with matching lipstick.
Alexa Chung had the novel idea of layering a turtleneck under a designer dress to take it into winter. Her dress at the Andam Paris dinner was from the Proenza Schouler F/W 2010 collection, and her gold pumps were by Chloe.
At the Missoni for Target pop-up launch, Margherita Missoni embellished her multi-colored turtleneck with a collar necklace.
Turtlenecks can be sexy, as Jennifer Lopez showed on the red carpet in a Camilla and Marc go-go dress and pink Jimmy Choo booties.
Megan Fox showed that the key to keeping a turtleneck from looking frumpy is to choose one that fits closely. Her towering heels and topknot helped elongate her silhouette even more as she ran errands in L.A.
Portia de Rossi
Portia de Rossi knows that turtlenecks make great travel wear. She wore a simple black one at LAX.
At the NYC premiere of Ides of March,Marisa Tomei was a portrait of artsy elegance in a navy Preen skirt and collared shirt poking out of her MiH Jeans turtleneck.
Ellen Freeman has been contributing to the Fashion Spot since 2010. Since graduating with a degree in comparative literature from Haverford College, her celebrity fashion, wellness, arts and travel writing has appeared in publications including the Matador Network and Philadelphia Weekly. Also a certified yoga instructor, Ellen currently lives in the Japanese countryside—but misses thrift store spelunking in her hometown of Portland, Oregon.