This Week I Love …

… turtleneck and cowl neck sweaters.

I’m still a little leery of turtleneck SHIRTS, I have to admit. My winter uniform in middle school was a colorful turtleneck and cheeky printed sweatshirt, and I look back on those photos and wonder how I landed on that combo as a 12-year-old. But I spent much of last winter swaddling myself in scarves, and this year I realized I wanted some actual sweaters that covered my neck and kept me warm. Here are some of my current faves:


Banana Republic Waffle Turtleneck Tunic$98

I own and adore this very sweater. Mock turtlenecks fell out of favor for a number of years, but I’m thrilled to see them making the rounds again. They’re just as cozy as full turtlenecks, but a little sleeker and less bulky. This one isn’t long enough to be a proper tunic, if you ask me – I wear it with pants, not leggings – but it’s longer than a typical sweater and incredibly comfy. Available in black, gray marl, or navy in sizes XS – XL, including petite and tall sizes. This slightly shorter mock turtleneck comes in seven colors in sizes 0X – 3X.

cashmere turtleneck

Charter Club Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater$69.99

That is an AMAZING price for 100% cashmere, and you can choose from 16 gorgeous colors. I’ve read a lot of cashmere reviews this season, and it seems like many people expect thicker knits. Some reviewers said this style was too thin, others raved. Probably a great bet for warmer days and could be augmented with a nude tank underneath. Also in three colors in 1X – 3X.


J.Crew Cambridge Cable Turtleneck – $68.60

Chunky knits are trendy now, and this cabled turtleneck certainly qualifies. It’s a 3-gauge wool/nylon blend and will look fabulous with jeans. Available in sizes XXXS – XXL in this navy as well as camel, cream, heather gray, lavender, chocolate, ice blue, violet, or black. Size availability varies by color. This style is cotton, but is a cozy cable t-neck and comes in petite and plus sizes.


Woolovers Slinky Turtleneck$41.40
with code LASTMINUTE

I own this style as well, and it’s really lovely. It is definitely on the lightweight side, but a soft merino/cashmere blend that’s warm and lofty. And it comes in a whopping 29 colors. Available in sizes S – XL. Woolovers doesn’t do plus sizes per se, but their unisex sizes will fit through a 47″ chest.

marled cowl sweater

Anne Klein Marled Cowl Neck Sweater$89

I am really loving marled knits this winter, and this one has a particularly high-contrast, arty look to it. Available in sizes XS – XL. This space-dyed cowl tunic has a similar look in sizes 1X -3X. Looking for a lower price? This cotton blend Chaus cowl is only $41 but in limited sizes.

gap cozy turtleneck

Gap Cozy Turtleneck$43.99

I’ve tried this on in-store, and it is quite cozy. It’s also very oversized which means it looks great with slim or skinny pants. Available in this heather brown as well as navy, cream, tobacco, or heather gray in sizes XS – XXL. Also in petite and tall sizes. Not quite as oversized but lovely colors and great quality in these Pendleton mock necks in sizes 1X -3X.

merino cowl neck

Colour Works Merino Cowl Neck$19.04
with code 30CLOTHING

This one is definitely lightweight, but a great price for 100% merino which is warm and soft to the touch. Available in this red as well as brown, cobalt, black, or heather gray in sizes S -XL. I couldn’t find merino cowls in other size ranges, but this one is gorgeous in a cotton poly blend in petite and plus sizes.

Are you wearing turtlenecks, mocks, or cowls this season? Any other great sources for these styles?

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2 Responses to “This Week I Love …”

  1. crtfly

    I love turtlenecks of all kinds. I have both light weight and heavy weight cotton ones for layering, smooth silk for a base layer in cold weather, medium weight silk sweater T-necks, 100% wool, various wool blends. I am a sweater freak and t-necks are my favorite kind. Every year I look forward to the colder months of the year so I can wear them. My partner says that I have too many sweaters and he’s probably correct.

    I’ve always worn t-necks. I don’t care if they are on trend or not. Personally, I think they are classics, like pencil skirts. There will always be a place for them.

    I want to make a comment about Woolovers sizing. I’ll use myself to give you a reference point. The women’s sizes seem to be a different scale than the unisex sizes. The website and the paper catalog warn women about the generous unisex sizing and they aren’t kidding. I bought a women’s xl sweater and it is slightly snug. I purchased a unisex sweater and it is loose. That’s fine because I wanted an oversize fit in that particular design. However, a unisex medium would have been just right for a more fitted look. Woolover’s website has a sizing guide that shows you how to use a sweater that you already own and like the fit of to determine Woolover sizing. I think if you carefully use their instructions, you will be happy with the fit of Woolover sweaters.


  2. Michelle

    Your insomniac posts are always so much fun — it makes me feel like I’ve got a personal shopper 🙂 And I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to include plus size alternatives!!