You know, I always buy turtlenecks for fall, and for winter of course. But I somehow never think of turtlenecks for spring.
Which is odd since I’ve had a love affair with turtlenecks most of my life. In fact, I wore a turtleneck on my first date ever, with my best friend’s hunky older brother on whom I’d had a crush for months. For this momentous occasion, I needed a monumentally cool outfit. I wore a lovely, baby-blue turtleneck, perfectly faded jeans, and a black corduroy blazer, and I thought I looked smashing. Until I spilled coke all down the front of my sweater at the movies. I was so nervous I’d do something stupid that, of course… I did. Gad. Who’d be a teenager again, eh?
I started thinking of wearing turtlenecks for spring when I read this post on Preston Davis’ blog Keep It Chic in March. “Why not?” I thought, “A short-sleeve turtleneck with sneakers and a spring coat is a great transitional outfit.” And then when I was doing my spring shopping research, trawling through fashion magazines, I encountered a sharp suit by Louis Vuitton paired with a sleek, white turtleneck. And last week when I was at Nordstrom, I saw a beautiful, silky, spring turtleneck by St. John. It was gorgeous, if somewhat out of my price range. Turtlenecks for spring are a thing. And apparently I was the last one to know.
Which brings me to yesterday when I made a small start on turning my closet. This is what my friend Margaret calls the twice yearly rotation of half my wardrobe from storage to my tiny closet, and back again. But more on that in another post. Anyway, I pulled out my refurbished navy Max Mara pantsuit, and my cream, crocheted, cotton sweater from Theory which I bought last spring. I thought that I might try a lightweight cream turtleneck, also from Theory, under the cream sweater. And it transpired that I love the two cream sweaters together, and they are not at all bulky under the Max Mara jacket. Wearing a turtleneck with a spring coat or suit could be the perfect transitional outfit. For those days when, even though it’s spring, it’s still too cold for tee shirts.
I wore my suit and cream sweater combo with a vintage cream art deco brooch that I’ve had for years, and my Stan Smith Adidas. I guess wearing a suit with sneakers is kind of de rigueur now. Especially since Dame Emma Thompson wore her Stella McCartney suit with trainers to Buckingham Palace last year to meet the queen. According to this source she “laughed off criticism of her break with protocol” by joking “they were posh trainers.” I love her, don’t you?
It was warm enough yesterday to take some shots outside on the deck. Hubby and I had just moved the deck furniture out of the garden shed. Not because we’ll be sitting on it for a while, but because he needs the space to store the snow-blower. It’s always a good sign when we pack the snow-blower away, people.
Life on the river is busy this time of year. Hubby is glued to his binoculars. A flock of hooded mergansers came through the other day and caused quite a stir. And yesterday a very squawky Canada goose that somehow was left behind by his friends swooped low over my head while I was taking pictures. Sitting in the flight path of Canada geese is not always a wise move. Ha. So I decamped indoors to take off my good clothes, don my sweats, and head out for my walk.
It’s hard to find a good layering turtleneck to wear this time of year. One that’s lightweight enough that it doesn’t look like a fall or winter sweater, and sleek enough to slip under a light jacket, or even under a spring sweater. I looked around on-line this afternoon and found this sleeveless mock turtleneck from Nordstrom, this light-weight, skinny-knit turtleneck at Aritzia, and this one with elbow-length sleeves on Amazon. This silk and cashmere Theory sweater at Nordstrom looks lovely, but is a bit more pricey than the others. I haven’t tried any of these myself, but I think I’d like the fit of the Aritzia sweater under a jacket.
You know, I’ve written a few times on the blog about my love of turtlenecks. It always makes me laugh that I love them so much when, over the years, they have not always loved me back. Mostly that’s to do with the fact that I have a very large head. See what I mean? That’s me at age two below, with my older sisters, my brother, and my cousin Robert in the bow tie. Robert and I are the same age. Actually he’s not really my cousin, but I’ve told you that story before.
Anyway, when I was a child, my grandmother Burpee bought me lovely outfits at a chi-chi children’s store in Fredericton. I remember one grey, woolen jumper (or tunic) with red trim and a matching red turtleneck. After trying to shoe-horn my head into the neck of the sweater, having it stick somewhere halfway, and almost smothering me, my mum had to cut the neck of the sweater up the back and sew in snaps. Only then would it fit over my head. Sigh. Fashion can be painful.
Even more painful in high school when, changing after gym class, I hurriedly jammed my head into my favourite chocolate brown turtleneck and pulled a muscle in my neck when it snapped sideways. Other people have athletic injuries. I have fashion injuries. Ha.
Actually I may have told you this story before too. Goodness… I’m beginning to repeat myself. Maybe all the turtlenecks I’ve been wearing are beginning to cut off blood supply to my brain? What do you think?
Okay, enough silliness.
How do you feel, my fashionable friends, about wearing turtlenecks for spring? Are you so sick of them you pack them all away? Or do you incorporate them into your transitional outfits, to wear when, even though it’s spring, it’s still too cold for tee shirts?
And if you have any suggestions for good, light-weight turtlenecks, that will slip easily under a jacket or sweater… please let us know.