Thursday, November 19, 2009

To turtleneck or not...

Dear Fashion Andrea,

People compliment me on my long and thin neck, and tell me how great I'd look wearing turtlenecks. I understand that turtlenecks can be a great item, especially under jumpers or suits, and I know turtle necks would be a nice choice for my conservative business office. However, in addition to my long and thin neck, I also have a sizeable chest. I generally avoid high necked shirts because of this. So tell me Fashion Andrea - can I pull off wearing a turtleneck? I thought a black one with a straight collar (not a folded one!) might look best, but I still avoid them like the plague in stores! Help!

ATP (or, Are Turtlenecks the Plague?)

Okay, ATP,

Here's my issue with the turtleneck. I feel as though a turtleneck says, "Hi, I'm to be paired with a mini jumper and be very mod from the 60s or with a shoulder padded jacket from the 80's." I am not a fan, but mind you, I have a moderately sizable chest as well. Here's the thing. Even with a small chest a really high neck will make your boobs look extra saggy or like they are coming out of your stomach. And neither is a flattering look. And, Sugar, you do have a lovely neck, but why would you want to cover it and your sexy clavicle? Instead why not try something a little more fun, and also something that Michael Kors would be more okay with- A cowl neck! But here's the thing, I know you and I know what you like to wear. A cowl neck is sexy, slightly revealing, but nothing that will give too much away. But, if you're feeling the need to try one, try one that isn't too high, but not a mock (because a mock just says evil villain in a James Bond movie). Make sure it shows off how long your lovely neck is, but it doesn't take away from anything. Try black first, then maybe move on to more bold colors (or camel. But you know how I love camel on you).

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