I don’t claim to be a weatherman in the slightest, and I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you – but it’s bloody freezing. Winter has arrived, making sure its presence hasn’t gone unnoticed. With Bonfire Night already behind us, we’re firmly into November and it’ll be Christmas before you know it. That is if we actually make it to Christmas. I can’t promise to save you from drowning under your course deadlines, but if you trust my fashion advice I can make sure you don’t catch pneumonia and freeze to death, especially if you’re trekking from your room in South West all the way to your lecture in Bowland North.
The answer is quite simple really – turtlenecks. It’s no secret turtlenecks have been back in force this season and last too, with reinventions in various fabrics and alterations seeing sleeveless designs too. The centre of the design, and where the clothing item earned its name, the neck is what will be your lifesaver this winter. With its high neck, no ice-cold breeze, no matter how gusty, is sneaking its way down your back to send chills all the way down your spine.
You might be having 90s flashbacks just at the mental image of a turtleneck, but instead of picturing your dad in a roll neck jumper, take inspiration instead from the timeless classic and arguably one of the greatest British films ever, Love Actually. If the turtleneck isn’t a testament to the fact trends always come back around I don’t know what is…
Just twenty minutes in to the film and the turtleneck count is already up to eight. Twelve minutes later and it has dramatically increased to seventeen. If you want a “Definitive Ranking Of All Of The Turtlenecks In ‘Love Actually’” you need only search Buzzfeed, who have so generously created a list.
As for alternative styling tips, you can’t go wrong with pairing your turtleneck with a pair of jeans. If your knees can bare the cold, rips wouldn’t be amiss. Add a scarf draped over your shoulders or a long necklace to break up the block colour of the top. Finish with a pair of boots and a coat and you’re good to go!
Whoever said fashion can’t be practical too?