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. I feel like they highlight that little bit of loose skin right under my chin and cheeks that you can barely see otherwise. Is it one of those things that you suck up and still wear as you get older even though it doesn’t look so hot (kind of like a bathing suit)?
Should I 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 isn’t flattering. There are too many choices out there! I know 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 a black turtleneck, it is even worse because black right next to your face after 40, 50, or 60 is a harsh contrast and can really wash you out.
Still, many women like Diane Keaton adore turtlenecks. 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.
The only suggestion I would make is if you have a short neck or a large bust, 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 make you look older? A little bit of skin is youthful.
Have you tried a cowl neck sweater?
It emphasizes your chest instead of your neck. I think cashmere cowl neck sweaters look really pretty on mature women because they are soft and inviting. So think about getting one! That’s a good solution.