The Right Way to Wear a Zip-up Turtleneck Sweater

by Elton Dunn ; Updated September 28, 2017

These sweaters cover you up in the cold.

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Zip-up turtlenecks are a winter classic. They keep you warm in the cold, match with almost anything and run the gamut from work to apres ski. While this winter essential is fairly fail-safe, you can still make a few fashion missteps with it. The right way to wear this type of turtleneck gives you a clean silhouette and doesn't choke your neck. Wear your turtleneck sweater all fall and winter when you need extra warmth.

Start with a high-quality sweater. Turtlenecks can stretch out over time and no longer fit your shape. Look for a material that feels soft against your skin, yet warm enough that it can keep you covered in the cold. A bulky knit is great for winter but can make your body look bulky, too. A slim knit is more work-appropriate and less casual.

Pair your turtleneck with trousers, jeans or a skirt. This sweater is so versatile it goes well with anything you want to wear on the bottom.

Zip the turtleneck up to the top. If the sweater feels too tight, unzip it a hair to leave breathing room for your neck.

Fold the collar up or down as you prefer. Some zip-up turtlenecks have no collar, so you don't have to worry about it.

Add any other layers you need to feel comfortable. Don't forget winter gear, such as a hat and gloves.


  • Follow the care instructions on your sweater when washing and drying to preserve its shape and color.

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A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.