STYLE GURU STYLE: Totally Turtlenecked

Existentialism and the turtleneck. Seemingly unrelated, but actually, the black turtleneck served as the unofficial uniform for 1950s existentialists. After Noël Coward, a particularly stylish English playwright, brought the turtleneck (also called the “polo neck” or “roll-neck”) to mainstream American fashion in the 1920s, feminists reclaimed it as a unisex clothing item. From there, the seemingly simple top came to represent many different concepts for many different groups of people. In its history it has been viewed as an “anti-tie,” a way to reject formal wear, and even part of the preppy style in the later ’50s. From Audrey Hepburn to Steve Jobs, the turtleneck has demonstrated its adaptability: it can make pretty much any fashion statement—loudly and clearly.

I loved this turtleneck tank dress from the alice + olivia pre-fall ’16 collection. It presents the turtleneck in yet another format; as a fabulous going out frock. While its radiant scarlet color and bodycon fit are perfect for a night in the town, my take on the look involved transforming it for a day out in Dublin, Ireland.

A soft taupe/grey color perfectly dresses this ravishing ruby evening ensemble down to a delicate day dress. I maintained some of the flair of a night in the town with my heeled black boots, which also happen to be very comfortable for walking. A pair of solid black tights coordinates with my shoes for a seamless look all while keeping my legs warm in the rainy weather.

All in all, this night-to-day dress pretty much speaks for itself—just as the turtleneck top has done throughout fashion history.

Get My Look: 1. A knitted turtleneck day dress. 2. Edgy black boots with a solid heel. 3. Solid black tights to complete this winter look.