When I think about what I look forward to most about fall, it’s not changing foliage or decreased humidity. It’s not Halloween or discounted candy at Rite Aid or apple-picking upstate. It’s not even decorative gourds. No, when fall comes around I look forward to only one thing: wearing a turtleneck every day.
From the moment the temperature drops below 60 degrees to the day it rises above 60 again, my neck stays safely ensconced in a turtleneck. To my mind, a turtleneck epitomizes a perfect union between utility and style. It can convey bookish charm, like on Meg Ryan’s shopkeeper assistant Christina Plutzker in You’ve Got Mail. It can suggest cool severity, like on Liv Ullmann in Persona. It can express dashing preppiness, like on Renata Adler, whose turtleneck-under-oxford look is as iconic as her long braid. All the while, it keeps your neck warm. If there’s such a thing as a “face-framing” haircut, I’d say a turtleneck is a face-framing shirt. It’s like a pedestal for your face. Any turtleneck collection should be broken into three categories: staying-in turtlenecks, leaving-the-house turtlenecks, and going-out turtlenecks. These are my favorites.
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