I never thought that I would say this but the turtleneck is back in style. Not only did I never think that they would be fashionable again but I also never thought that I, Hayley Posner, would own one for any purpose other than for a ’90s themed party. The turtleneck trend has taken the fashion world by storm and apparently even Vogue is surprised by its revival.
No more dowdy, thick cotton turtleneck looks, instead rock a cropped mock turtleneck top for anything from going to class to going out with your girlfriends. The mock neck, as it is called by Vogue, is a modern update to the turtleneck look and has been seen all over the runways. The mock neck is basically just a smaller and shorter turtleneck that is more comfortable and accessible to wear for everyday college women.
The Proenza Schouler spring 2016 ready-to-wear fashion show, specifically was the inspiration for my mock neck look. The mock neck showed up on their runway in the form of a minimalist black and white cropped frock, which is what I chose to try to adapt into my own wardrobe. The show also featured some more traditional, high turtlenecks on a few of their jackets and tops. What I really loved about their collection is the effortless cut of the items and sleekness of the color palette and prints.
I incorporated these ideas into my mock neck look by scouting out a top that was both minimalist in its pattern and modern in its cut. To make this look comfortable and casual enough for wearing to class I paired my cropped mock neck sweater with a mustard colored corduroy skirt and a pair of riding boots. The mustard of the skirt provided the right contrast that allowed for the simplicity of the sweater to shine but also made it lighter and more appropriate for daytime wear. The beauty of this top is that it can easily go from day to night if paired with a black body-con skirt and heeled ankle booties or sleek, dark skinnies. Anyone can rock the mock neck trend without having a ’90s costume moment, the key is to avoid crazy colors and patterns and look for modern fabrics and styles.