Please help! Turtlenecks used to be my go to item – especially in black. I’d wear one practically every day in the winter. Now I’m 42, they don’t look so hot on me at all. I feel like they highlight that little bit of loose skin right under my chin and cheeks that you can barely see otherwise. When I see other women I think this about them too…yet everyone still wears them.
Is it one of those things that you just suck up and still wear as you get older even though it doesn’t look so hot (kind of like a bathing suit)? I am wondering if I should just bite the bullet and start wearing them again. Or maybe you know of a way to make them look better?
Thanks so much, AJ
I wouldn’t suggest wearing anything that doesn’t flatter you. There are too many choices out there!
I get what you mean about turtlenecks. With age they often fall off the favorites list because if you have a “turkey neck” as many women call it ( lots of loose skin), or jowls, a tight turtleneck will draw attention to it.
If you wear black turtlenecks it is even worse because black right next to your face after 40, 50 or 60 can really wash you out.
Still, there are still many women who adore turtlenecks, like Diane Keaton. Nobody quite knows what’s going on with her, but she wears them so much they’ve become her trademark.
Sometimes she looks dull and matronly in them, but other times she looks great. You really have to judge for yourself if a turtleneck looks good on you. I would suggest if you have a short neck or a big bust you definitely stay away, as they will only make you look heavy, bulky and short.
The other thing I’m wondering is, maybe you are just worrying too much about your neck? It’s easy to get fixated on an aging body part.
Why not show your neck? Did you know that covering up so much can actually make you look older. A little bit of skin is youthful.
Have you tried a cowl neck sweater?
It puts the emphasis at your chest instead of your neck. I think cowl neck sweaters look really pretty on mature women because they are soft and inviting. Here are a few others I like: