I have almost always associated the word “turtleneck” with those heinous sweaters our mothers would dress us in for a trip to grandma’s. But looking at the fall 2015 ready-to-wear runway shows of Altuzarra and Victoria Beckham, you’ll find that the turtleneck game has changed and they should be a staple in your wardrobe this winter.

Whether fitted or oversized, subtle or vibrant, turtlenecks are on-trend this season. I chose to keep this particular sweater more fitted to easily layer under the wool coat. Using pieces that complement one another is always something to focus on when layering. Turtleneck ponchos or sweaters that have a less ribbed texture are ones that I love to purchase oversized to toss over leather leggings with a killer pair of boots. I chose a pair of heeled booties and ripped skinny jeans to keep the outfit more casual given the heaviness of the coat and sweater.

My love for rings and jewelry is extreme, but I believe that finishing touches can make or break an outfit. Tossing on some bangles and a mixture of rings can help give your look the extra flare it needs. My cross-body bag is slightly more edgy and contemporary, which I wanted to add to the outfit without taking away from the classic cut and texture of the turtleneck. Put together, these accessories did the trick without being overkill.

There is no shortage of cold weather and snowy conditions in the Midwest, which is the perfect excuse to bundle up and layer like a pro. Don’t be afraid of choosing bold colors or patterns, as well as mixing blacks and browns. This particular neckline style can be tricky, so try on a few variations to find one that fits you to a tee. Toss your hair back in a messy bun, add a bold lip, and you’ll be ready to take on the world.

Long gone are the days of tacky prints and itchy collars that made us despise this trend. So say hello to bold beauties and (very) warm necks.

Get My Look: 1. Turtleneck. 2. Wool coat. 3. Heeled booties.