Right about now, during the darkest hours of this sub-freezing winter, wearing a Snuggie seems like an inspired — and extremely practical — winter wardrobe solution. But cute? Hardly. Luckily, the next best thing is here, and it looks mighty chic: oversized turtleneck sweaters.
The knits have a surprisingly quiet sex appeal. There’s something sensual about being cocooned in all that fabric — it kind of makes you want to pull and tug at it, just like Linda Evangelista in George Michael‘s “Freedom! ’90″ video (she gets especially frisky with hers around the 5:38 mark).
But how to keep things looking less outdoor catalog addict and more Phoebe Philo as seen in Paris Vogue? It’s all about the element of surprise. While proportion is a concern — if you’re going to wear something baggy up top it’s best to keep things narrow on the bottom — this is more about a game of distraction.
As the sweaters themselves typically come in low-key solids, this means playing with texture, color-clashing and adding a lot of extras that are so eye-catching, people walk away with the general impression that, while it may be 10 degrees outside, you’re trying, you’re really trying!
So click through to see our five must-have cozy turtlenecks, along with the key pieces to go with them.