Sometimes you never quite know how impossible a particular item is to find until you desperately need to acquire it. For me, that was a white turtleneck in late February, just days before I flew to Paris Fashion Week — where temperatures were topping out at about 20 degrees Fahrenheit. While it was still very much winter, every store I searched in Soho was completely out of turtlenecks altogether (including Uniqlo's trusty Heattech section), with store associates apologetically telling me the style was "not in season." I'll spare you the lecture on the merits of the drop model and "see now, buy now," but I'm sure you can understand my frustration.
After popping into no fewer than a dozen brick-and-mortar shops — a mixture of mass retailers and smaller, high-end boutiques — before I left New York, I'd resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to suffer both the cold and the resulting bulky ensembles I'd have to put together to deal with it. But then, a single "What's New" email from Net-A-Porter saved the day, thanks to this slim-fit Goldsign turtleneck top. I'd recently purchased a pair of jeans from the newly revamped, minimalist denim label based in Los Angeles, so the retailer was simply keeping me abreast of its latest releases. Little did the site know that the '90s-inspired knit was exactly what I'd been looking for, and not only would it serve me as a layering piece through the second half of winter, it'd see me well into early spring, tucked into high-waisted jeans or a skirt paired with mules, sneakers or booties and accented with a statement belt.
I immediately ordered two — one in black, one in white — and wore them no less fewer three times each during my eight-day trip. You can bet that they'll get plenty of mileage in my wardrobe once it's not freezing outside, either.
Goldsign rib stretch cotton-blend turtleneck, $200, available at Net-A-Porter.
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