The 19 Best Turtlenecks of 2022


When shopping for a cold weather wardrobe, it can be tempting to focus on investing in bold pieces, like chunky statement sweaters and gorgeous winter coats. In reality, though, the items that make dressing in the fall and winter that much easier are smaller, less exciting layering pieces — such as turtlenecks.

With the rise of the coastal grandmother aesthetic, there’s now just one more reason this year to channel your inner Diane Keaton and add more turtlenecks to your wardrobe. Turtlenecks can be layered under dresses, coats, blazers, T-shirts, sweaters, and more. Plus, you can make them as classic or as modern as you want, as celebrity stylist Melissa Garcia explains.

“This season’s style trends for the timeless turtleneck is all about the loose, striped, cable knit sweater,” Garcia says. “Don’t get stuck on your traditional turtleneck styles, and instead opt for something like a zipper detail or closer to a cowl neck.” Whether you’re planning to throw a turtleneck under your favorite sweater or searching for an easy way to winterize your favorite suit, we researched your options.

Here are the best turtlenecks you should consider shopping for this season.


Best Overall:
Universal Standard Foundation Turtleneck

Universal Standard Foundation Turtleneck

Universal Standard


For a turtleneck that seems to check every box, consider this extremely size-inclusive option from Universal Standard. It’s thick enough to be worn on its own while being thin enough to layer under coats, blazers, or sweaters, too. It has some stretch to it without necessarily being completely form-fitting or constricting. While it’s a bit pricier than other options we have on the list for a basic-looking turtleneck, its durable construction, quality fabric, and versatile design makes it worth the small investment. With hundreds of reviews and an average 4.7-star rating, it’s a popular staple with Universal Standard customers.

Price at time of publish: $72

Size range: 00-40 | Materials: 94% lenzing micromodal, 6% elastane | Colors: Black, Black Cherry, Nutmeg, Terracotta, True Blue


Best Budget:
PrettyGuide Classic Fitted Turtleneck

Amazon Classic Fitted Turtleneck

Amazon


Style blogger Dianne Boyer regularly reviews Amazon basics on her blog and Instagram and shared this Amazon fitted turtleneck as one of her favorite picks. “I love this turtleneck [because] it can look just as good with jeans as it can with a pencil skirt,” she says. “It has a nice weight which keeps you warm but also helps to keep its shape.” She notes that another great feature is that the neck stays in place. “How many times have you had a turtleneck where the bottom rolls up and you have to keep adjusting it all day long? Not with this one. I personally own this one and love it,” she adds.

Price at time of publish: $35.99

Size range: S-XXL | Materials: 23% polyester, 21% acrylic, 18% modal, 38% nylon | Colors: Black, White, Green, Beige, Striped, Blue, and more


Best Fitted:
Spanx Suit Yourself Turtleneck Bodysuit

spanx-turtleneck-bodysuit

Spanx


For those in search of a turtleneck-style bodysuit that’s going to hold them in and feel comfortable for hours, this Spanx option might be a good fit. Complete with a snap-closure gusset and a thong-back detail (no panty lines here), this bodysuit seems to be a fan favorite based on positive reviews. Thanks to Spanx quality, so you know it’s going to offer more support and smoothing than your run-of-the-mill bodysuit.

Price at time of publish: $88

Size range: XS-3X | Materials: 77% polyester, 23% elastane; Gusset: 100% cotton | Colors: Black


Best Splurge:
Proenza Schouler Fluffy Knit Turtleneck

Proenza Schouler Fluffy Knit Turtleneck

Proenza Schouler


Holly Katz is a stylist and the host of the Fashion Crimes podcast and suggests Proenza Schouler for a high-end, luxury turtleneck. “The brand’s turtlenecks will be something that will elevate your style while bringing a slight edge to your look,” Katz says. “The variety of fabrics range from shibori to chenille in addition to the softest cotton you’ll ever wear. The fabric and detail are something that you don’t see every day, on just anyone. They have a distinct look that commands the room with a steeper price but makes a true fashion statement.” We surely agree — this fluffy turtleneck sweater in a yellow-green hue was designed to make a statement for fall/winter. The oversized silhouette paired with soft fabrication promises comfort and warmth on those chillier days.

Price at time of publish: $495

Size range: XS-XL | Materials: 1% nylon, 19% acrylic, 13% wool, 6% polyester, 1% elastane | Colors: Avocado/Honeydew


Best Stretchy:
Nanushka Harri Superfine Turtleneck

Nanushka Harri Superfine Turtleneck

Nanushka


Who It’s Not Good For

  • Anyone worried about the turtleneck being too thin, form-fitting, or sheer, or those that need more size options.

This ultra-thin, ultra-soft turtleneck from Nanushka is a pick from stylist Morgan Bienvenue, who names this as one of her favorite turtlenecks on the market right now. Not only would this turtleneck be a perfect option to transition into warmer seasons, but it would also be perfect for layering with sweaters, jackets, or suit jackets. It comes in six colors and prints but we think the brown or coconut would especially versatile and perfect for everyday, thus making the steeper price tag worth it.

Price at time of publish: $375

Size Range: XXS-XL | Materials: 100% superfine merino wool | Colors: Brown, Coconut, Checkered, Rose Drawn Hand Ornamental, Print Logotype, and more


Best Cropped:
The Frankie Shop Athina Cropped Striped Wool-Blend Turtleneck Sweater

The Frankie Shop Athina cropped striped wool-blend turtleneck sweater

Net-a-Porter


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Kate Bock names this Frankie Shop cropped turtleneck one of her favorite options, and generally finds the cropped silhouette to be pretty versatile — even in the winter. “I have a few cropped turtlenecks and find them so fun to wear in the winter without feeling too bulky,” Bock explains. “I like to pair them with leather pants and booties to make a perfect going out look for drinks with friends. They keep you warm all the way up to your neck under a jacket, but also look super cute once you take your jacket off.”

Price at time of publish: $195

Size Range: XS-L | Materials: 50% wool, 50% nylon | Colors: Beige/Black


Best Oversized:
LOFT Striped Turtleneck Poncho Sweater

LOFT Striped Turtleneck Poncho Sweater

LOFT


For on-air style expert and stylist Melissa Garcia, this pick is a great option for a cozy, roomy turtleneck. “The wide and soft stripes on this turtleneck gives this polished sweater a relaxed and roomy fit,” Garcia says. “Designed with dropped shoulders, dolman sleeves and side slits, this turtleneck is refined with just a hint of bohemian-chic swing. The loose cowl neck allows you to fold the material into itself so you don’t have to feel like you are suffocating if it starts to get warm throughout the day.” While a super cozy standalone option, this isn’t ideal for anyone needing a layerable turtleneck to wear under sweaters or coats. The size range could be more inclusive, as well, but since it’s designed to be oversized, it does runs large.

Price at time of publish: $74.95

Size Range: XXS-XL (regular and petite) | Materials: 72% cotton, 28% polyester | Colors: Pebble Heather Gray, Whisper White


Best Cashmere:
NADAAM Cashmere Turtleneck

NADAAM Cashmere Turtleneck

NADAAM


Owning a cashmere turtleneck just sounds fancy. Nadaam makes owning cashmere a real possibility for more people, though, thanks to its reasonable prices and fairly inclusive size line. This classic cashmere turtleneck is 100 percent cashmere, is available to a size 3X, and is less than $200.

Price at time of publish: $195

Size Range: XXS-3X | Materials: 100% Mongolian Cashmere | Colors: Moss Green, Black, Smoke


Best for Layering:
Uniqlo Women’s HEATTECH Turtleneck T-Shirt

Uniqlo HEATTECH Turtleneck T-Shirt

Uniqlo


For a true layering turtleneck that’s also going to keep you as warm as humanly possible, look no further than Uniqlo’s famous HEATTECH options. For less than $20, it’s also affordable. This is another pick from Holly Katz, who also recommends other Uniqlo turtleneck varieties, too. “They are razor thin, extremely budget-friendly and come in a variety of fabrics like cotton, fleece and merino wool,” Katz says. “They keep their color well after several washings without fading. This is one place where you can always count on the consistency of the product season after season. If you need basics, this is your go-to.”

Price at time of publish: $14.90

Size Range: XXS-XXL | Materials: 38% polyester, 31% acrylic, 21% rayon, 10% spandex | Colors: Black, Off-White


Best Roll Neck:
COS Striped Roll Neck Sweater

COS Striped Roll Neck Sweater

COS


A classic roll neck turtleneck is a great cold weather staple. This ultra cozy pick from COS is a wool-cotton blend, but is also machine-washable, which is always convenient. It’s also a favorite of Garcia. “This oversized turtleneck is a perfect layering piece for the fall months, as the wool will keep you warm while still allowing you plenty of room to breathe,” Garcia explains. “The stripes and side slits accent the lower half of the body, giving it more shape and versatility to dress up with a pair of leggings and heels or down with a casual pair of jeans and boots.”

Price at time of publish: $135

Size Range: XS-L | Materials: 64% RWS wool, 36% cotton | Colors: White/Black


Best Bodysuit:
Skims Essential Mock Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit

Skims Essential Mock Neck Long Sleeve Bodysuit

Skims


An item from Kim Kardashian’s wildly popular Skims brand, this bodysuit is also a favorite turtleneck of celebrity stylist Zoe Gofman. “This is an essential for all closets,” Gofman says. “Light, fitted, necessary, not too tight and can be layered or worn alone. It’s perfect for every shape and size.” Not only that, but it’s sweat-wicking and offers smoothing benefits — qualities that are not easily found in turtlenecks.

Price at time of publish: $78

Size Range: XXS-5X | Materials: 95% nylon, 5% spandex | Colors: Onyx, Camel, Tiger’s Eye, Sandstone, Desert, and more


Best Short Sleeved:
Jones New York Elbow Sleeve Turtleneck

Jones New York Elbow Sleeve Turtleneck

Nordstrom


While a short-sleeve turtleneck is never going to be as popular as a long-sleeve or sweater version, it is a good option if you live in a warm weather environment or you tend to get hot easily. This also gives you a little more room if you plan on layering a turtleneck under a tight-fitting jacket or sweater.

Price at time of publish: $79.50

Size Range: XS-L | Materials: 65% rayon, 35% nylon | Colors: Navy, Rouge, Rose, Jones Black


Best Ribbed:
Ralph Lauren Ribbed Turtleneck

Ralph Lauren Ribbed Turtleneck

Ralph Lauren


A classic ribbed turtleneck is a must-have for any wardrobe. Katz suggests Ralph Lauren turtlenecks in general for a high quality, versatile layering piece. “This brand will be a little more costly, however, is considered a wardrobe investment versus just a basic,” Katz says. “They come in both short and long sleeve styles which portray the same look without the extra warmth when it’s not necessary. A turtleneck from Ralph Lauren gives you the most options for styling different looks and is an interesting way to upgrade your wardrobe.” The price is relatively affordable, actually, especially if you take into account all the different occasions you can wear this.

Price at time of publish: $69.50

Size Range: XXS-XXL | Materials: Cotton, modal, and nylon | Colors: Mascarpone Cream, French Navy, Polo Black


Best on Amazon:
ANRABESS Casual Loose Fit Turtleneck

ANRABESS Casual Loose Fit Turtleneck

Amazon


Diane Boyer of The Harper Girls says this turtleneck is her “read a book by the fire” turtleneck.  “I own it in several colors because it is just that comfortable,” Boyer says. “It’s great with leggings or jeans. While it is a bit oversized, the asymmetrical hem gives it style to make it look much more chic than an oversized sweatshirt. It is a medium weight which is why I like it around the house as much as going out — you can be comfortable in it all day long.” We appreciate that it comes in 27 color options, so you can find exactly what you need to complete your winter wardrobe. It’s worth mentioning, however, that the brand doesn’t recommend machine washing this piece — but if you’re okay with that, this is a great buy.

Price at time of publish: $60.99

Size Range: XS-XL | Materials: 50% viscose, 30% nylon, 20% polyester | Colors: Apricot, Black, Camel, Dark green, Dark Purple, and more


Best Sleeveless:
Theory Sleeveless Turtleneck

Theory Sleeveless Turtleneck

Theory


This sleeveless turtleneck has a nearly perfect rating on the Theory website, with multiple customers noting both its versatility and comfort. This is a great pick for anyone who wants to layer this under a thicker coat or blazer, as it gives your arms a little room to breathe. Since it’s not super thick, it’s also a great piece for spring, summer, and fall.

Price at time of publish: $130

Size Range: S-XXL | Materials: 95% viscose, 5% polyurethane | Colors: Ivory, Black


Best Sheer:
Marcella Eloise Sheer Turtleneck

Marcella Eloise Sheer Turtleneck

Marcella


You’re not going to find a better-rated sheer turtleneck than this one. With hundreds of reviews and an average rating of 4.9 stars, this piece is pretty close to perfect. It’d be the perfect thing to layer under a dress or sweater, but would also be a great way to show off a cute new bra or corset, too.

Price at time of publish: $59

Size Range: XS-XXXL | Materials: 95% viscose, 5% lycra | Colors: Black, Anthracite, Off-white


Best Knit:
Banana Republic Turtleneck Sweater

Banana Republic Turtleneck Sweater

Banana Republic


This is celebrity stylist Pilar Scratch’s favorite turtleneck choice of all time. With a size range up to XXL and petite options as well, it’s fairly inclusive, especially when you take into account the price point, which is just $90 (although, if you’re lucky, you might find it on sale). It comes in three colors, with two neutral options and one bolder choice (a purple-pink hue) if you’re wanting to branch out from the basics.

Price at time of publish: $90

Size Range: XXS-XXL | Materials: 50% viscose, 27% polyester, 23% nylon | Colors: Heather Taupe, Black, Purple Dawn


Best Zippered:
Zara Zippered Stripe Knit Sweater

Zara Zippered Stripe Knit Sweater

Zara


Another pick from Garcia, this is the perfect cold weather piece that has a bit of a different feel than your typical turtleneck. “Designed with a high collar, black and white stripe and long sleeves, it is versatile enough to hang loosely over leggings or jeans for those unpredictable fall nights,” she says. “Tie this look together with a fun pair of earrings while leaving the neck bare to show off the asymmetric zipper.”

Price at time of publish: $49.90

Size Range: S-L | Materials: 57% acrylic, 32% polyester, 11% nylon | Colors: Black


Best for Suits:
M.M LaFleur Axam Turtleneck

M.M LaFleur Axam Turtleneck

M.M LaFleur


For those in search of a classic, form-fitting turtleneck that would look great under a casual blazer or a more formal suit, this M.M.LaFleur piece is a great choice. M.M.LaFleur is known for their workwear, so you can trust that this turtleneck won’t read too casual or laidback for the office. Made of 95 percent pima cotton (with a bit of spandex for stretch), you can trust this sweater will keep you warm and cozy whether you’re in the office or on Zoom calls from home.

Price at time of publish: $85

Size Range: XS-XXL | Materials: 95% Pima cotton, 5% spandex | Colors: Black, Cranberry, Huckleberry, Camel, Ivory, and more

How To Pick The Right Turtleneck

Environment

To choose the right turtleneck, first take into account where you live. If you live in a warmer environment, you might want to consider the Theory Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater or Jones New York Elbow Sleeve Turtleneck, or maybe even a sheer turtleneck, like the Marcella NYC Black Sheer Turtleneck. Colder climates call for more coverage; opt for long-sleeved, non-cropped silhouettes, especially knit sweaters, like the Zara Zippered Striped Sweater, or Uniqlo’s HEATTECH Turtleneck.

Occasion

Consider how you see yourself styling the turtleneck (what pieces already in your closet can you pair it with?) and also what occasions you expect to wear it. If you’re searching for a thick, warm, and cozy piece, you might want to invest in the COS Striped Roll-neck Sweater or a loose-fitting, oversized sweater, like the ANRABESS Casual Loose Fit Turtleneck on Amazon. If you’re looking for a sexier turtleneck, perhaps for an upcoming birthday party or date night, you can always opt for something more form-fitting, like the Skims bodysuit.

Versatility

“Turtlenecks are one of the most common wardrobe staples around the globe,” fashion stylist Holly Katz explains. “No matter how the fashion trends ebb and flow, rest assured they will never die, or go out of style. Regardless of your clothing budget, they can be purchased at a variety of price points.” In other words, if you’re wanting a turtleneck that can accompany you year after year, consider investing in one made from high-quality material, is thin enough to be layerable, and designed in neutral tones.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What’s the best turtleneck?

    Our top pick is the Universal Standard Foundation Turtleneck, because it has super inclusive size range (up to 4X), comes in six colors, is priced at under $75, and is both layerable and breathable — perfect for wearing under sweaters, jackets, vests, and more.

  • Should a turtleneck be loose or tight?

    There is no hard and fast rule for how a turtleneck should fit. Obviously, though, the tighter, more form-fitting turtlenecks are better for layering, while thicker, loose turtlenecks are best for pairing with jeans or loungewear. Typically the thicker the turtleneck, the warmer it will be; However, thinner turtlenecks with heat technology exist, like our favorite from Uniqlo.

  • What do you wear with turtlenecks?

    “Up your fashion game by dressing it up or down — jeans or cargo pants will give your turtleneck a comfy daytime look, while you quickly transition into night with a pair of heels and faux leather leggings,” Garcia suggests, noting that for jewelry it’s best to keep things simple, opting for statement earrings instead of a necklace. Another option would be to “wear a long necklace that falls to your chest and leaves your neck clear.” 

    Like most staple pieces, turtlenecks can easily work in to almost any wardrobe, depending on the season. While a turtleneck might be too warm for summer, pairing one with a skirt, jeans, or slacks can be perfect for fall, winter, or spring. Simply add a coat, scarf, or extra sweater to make it warmer for those extra chilly days.

Take Our Word For It

Olivia Muenter is a freelance writer who has written for numerous outlets such as Refinery29, Glamour, and Byrdie. She is also a co-host on the lifestyle podcast Bad on Paper. For this piece, she aimed to cover retailers of all types for people of varying household incomes. For criteria, she evaluated specific, expert-backed recommendations and insights, reviews, materials, versatility, and design for each pick.