It’s not every day we’re blessed with celebrity outfit inspo that’s stylish but also easy to copy. Cue the turtleneck shirt—the unsung wardrobe essential that everyone from the Jenners and the Hadids to Chrissy Teigen and Priyanka Chopra has doubled down on this winter.
The classic, affordable style has outlived tons of trends—it dates back to the Middle Ages—and lives on in everything from Audrey Hepburn-inspired Pinterest boards to Andy Warhol tribute costumes. Sure, the chunky, wooly turtleneck is a look unto itself, but for everyday wear, brands have modernized the silhouette into so-called ’tissue turtlenecks’, turning the staple into an elegant, skin-skimming top that can be as fashion-forward as it is functional.
Whether tucked into black skinny jeans, paired with leather trousers, or styled under a dress, celebrities are proving the tissue turtleneck is a breathable, comfortable basic that belongs in everyone’s wardrobe. From Katie Holmes’s easy spring styling hack to Gigi Hadid’s modern take on suit separates, consider this a masterclass in layering a turtleneck shirt. Load up on this affordable basic, and you’ll never have to worry about “not having anything to wear” again.
Not-so-boring Black Turtleneck
Emily Ratajowski (unsurprisingly) managed to make dog walking look fashionable in an updated Canadian Tuxedo. She kept her outfit understated yet cool by pairing a black turtleneck with a shearling-lined denim jacket and straight-leg jeans tucked into slouchy leather boots.