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ALL IN THE DETAILS: Not a Crewneck, Not Yet a Turtleneck

Turtlenecks have been all over the style sphere lately, but one trend that’s been overlooked and underestimated? The mock neck. Not quite a turtleneck, but not quite a crewneck, this in between neckline confounds most. And quite frankly, I’m not even sure of what its function really is. On the one hand, it’s much too low to really shield any skin north of the collarbone from the elements. Yet at the time same time, it fails to fall under any T-shirt category heretofore mentioned.

For me, the best way to try out a style like this that’s not typically on rotation in your daily wardrobe is to simplify the rest of the look. Less is (usually) more. I was immediately drawn to the way this Fashionista styled her mock neck dress in total black—it really makes the case for a non-retro way to wear it. Hers was a totally springtime appropriate look, with cool gladiator sandals and a lightweight jersey blazer. Still stuck in between throes of snowstorms? Try out a long sleeve sweater to layer under overalls, jumpsuits and dresses galore. Or if you’re already feeling the sun’s March rays, go for a tank dress like this Fashionista did. Looking for something with a little more of a vintage feel? This Victorian style high neck blouse is light, airy and perhaps just the update your closet may have needed.

How To: This Fashionista makes a great case for the mock neck’s sleek and subtle put-togetherness. For a more laid-back vibe, try a mock neck T-shirt paired with mid-wash mom jeans and flat sneakers. As the sun comes out more and more this spring, you’ll be ready to ditch your heavy turtleneck and any other reminders of freezing temps in place of a lighter silhouette. Well Fashionistas, you heard it from me, the mock neck has arrived and it’s here to stay.