West Coast Fashion Jealousy: Turtlenecks

As fashion-obsessed West Coasters, it’s easy to get jealous of East Coast fashionistas this time of year. 

We know what you are thinking—LA is 72 degrees and sunny every day, it’s mere minutes from the beach and the mountains, there is virtually no dress code and denim cut-offs are as appropriate at a Hollywood Bowl concert as they are at a Chateau Marmont party.

While all of the those things are true (and totally awesome), the grass is always greener, and we’re continually missing out on the joy of fall’s best pieces, like puffy parkas, over-the-knee boots and slouchy beanies. As November approaches the must-have, comfy, cozy turtleneck sweater has become our number one obsession.

oliviaBrowsing photos of street style star Elin Kling, her ponytail effortlessly peaking out of a nubby black and white funnel-neck, we can’t help but fantasize about a city stroll on an overcast day, wind whipping our hair as we sip on a cappuccino. Or take Olivia Palermo walking her dog in New York City, fighting off the brisk temperatures with a chunky crème cableknit turtleneck and cavalry jacket. You can almost feel the soft wool of the cowl neck.

But while we’ve resolved ourselves to the fact that we can’t have the romantically gloomy weather or the effortlessly cool layering, we can still have the chicness that turtlenecks never fail to offer. We can sport a thin-rib black turtleneck à la Audrey Hepburn, paired with skinny ankle pants and ballet flats for an understated beatnik look. We can take a cue from Rihanna and layer an oversized sleeveless knit with a pair of boyfriend jeans—a perfect excuse to show off svelte, tan arms. We can look to DJ/model/all-around-cool-girl Harley Viera Newton for a casual cableknit and miniskirt combo.

We can even team a cashmere turtleneck with denim cut-offs. Try doing that in 30-degree weather, NYC.

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