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Top 10 Layering Turtlenecks

10 Lightweight Turtlenecks That Are Perfect For Winter Layering

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‘Tis the season for turtlenecks, and we’re here to ring it in with this year’s list of top options. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves, because first, we need to talk about how this style came to be considered a winter essential.

While turtleneck sweaters have been around since the 1500s, it was only 70 years ago or so that the style achieved its status as a closet staple. This was in part due to fashion icons like Audrey Hepburn, Twiggy, and Jackie O sporting classic black turtlenecks for media appearances. But truthfully, the rise of the turtleneck can primarily be attributed to its sneakily flattering silhouette. In fact, Tom Junod, an award-winning American journalist, once wrote in GQ that a turtleneck is the most flattering thing you can wear.

It’s true: turtlenecks have a way of elongating the neck and torso, paving the way for a slender, stylish appearance—even in the winter when we’re all doing our best to cover up. So that’s why the turtleneck sweater is considered a cold-weather essential, and it’s also our motivation for finding the best ones we can get our (and your) hands on.

How We Found The Best Women’s Turtlenecks

At Rank & Style, we are firmly against buyer’s remorse. So, in order to make sure we’re making the best purchase decisions possible, we use data to back up our Top 10 lists. With the help of our ranking algorithm, we scan the web to find and rank products based on our high standards (which you can read all about here). Ahead, see which turtlenecks made the cut, from lightweight options made to layer to heavy knits that can hold their own.

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December 15, 2022

Written By:Sierra Rogers

Product Expert:Georgia Jones

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Gap SoftRib Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.25

10

Gap SoftRib Turtleneck

4.6

159 User Reviews

2.6

Best Seller

0

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

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In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

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Best Stretch

WHAT TO LOVE
Gap’s got basics in the bag, and their SoftRib Turtleneck is all the proof you need. Made from a buttery cotton blend, this black turtleneck has a subtle drape to it but still enough stretch to bounce back from repeat wears.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
In true Gap fashion, this turtleneck comes in a wide range of colors. Whether you’re more of an electric neon green or a heather grey, you can snag this style in a backup shade for days when your fave is in need of a wash.

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Madewell Lightweight Ribbed Turtleneck Top

Overall Score

4.3

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Madewell Lightweight Ribbed Turtleneck Top

4.15

144 User Reviews

2.6

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Lightweight

WHAT TO LOVE
Time and time again, Madewell comes through. The brand's Lightweight Ribbed Turtleneck Top is crafted from a superfine (and also super stretchy) fabric blend, making it an ideal weight for a layering turtleneck.

MUST-KNOW INFO
According to Madewell’s website (and reviewers), this style runs small, so keep that in mind if you prefer a relaxed fit.

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Vince Essential Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.4

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Vince Essential Long Sleeve Turtleneck

4.28

19 User Reviews

2.2

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Luxury

WHAT TO LOVE
The Essential Long Sleeve Turtleneck from Vince is the thin base layer you’re looking for this winter. Designed to feel as light and soft as tissue, this turtleneck is made from 100% cotton and has a slightly relaxed silhouette.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHT
“This turtleneck is thinner and more lightweight than it looks in the images. It fits close to the body with some extra material on the sides. I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a basic layering piece to add to their wardrobe.”

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Amazon Essentials Classic-Fit Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Top

Overall Score

4.4

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Amazon Essentials Classic-Fit Long-Sleeve Turtleneck Top

4.4

2837 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best On Amazon

WHAT TO LOVE
For starters, the price tag on this style is under $10. Next, it has nearly 2,000 5-star reviews to its name. Need we say more?

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Amazon Essentials’ Classic-Fit Turtleneck is available in sizes from XS to 2XL as well as 10 different colors.

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Lands' End Lightweight Fitted Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.45

06

Lands' End Lightweight Fitted Long Sleeve Turtleneck

4.5

3376 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Slim Fit

WHAT TO LOVE
Land’s End has managed to make a turtleneck shirt that’s flattering for everyone. With a slightly cinched waist and a hem that hits mid-hip, we’re thrilled that this style comes in 18 different colors—we can already picture layering one of the plaid versions of this turtleneck under an oversized blazer.

MUST-KNOW INFO
Good news: this top comes in petite, tall, and plus sizes.

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Spanx Better Base Long Sleeve Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.5

05

Spanx Better Base Long Sleeve Turtleneck

5

3 User Reviews

2.1

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Fitted

WHAT TO LOVE
If we may: Spanx is crushing it lately. Having already familiarized ourselves with their heavy hitters (such as their faux leather leggings), it’s really no surprise to see their Better Base Long Sleeve Turtleneck made the list.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
Perfect for layering, this turtleneck has a body-hugging fit. And because it’s made from a breathable, quick-drying fabric, it’s a great style to take along on your next winter getaway.

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L.L.Bean Pima Cotton Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.55

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L.L.Bean Pima Cotton Turtleneck

4.5

4758 User Reviews

3.3

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

3

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Relaxed

WHAT TO LOVE
Pima. Cotton. It's often referred to as the “cashmere of cotton,” and for good reason. And lucky for us all, L.L.Bean created a stylish women’s turtleneck out of the super-soft material—plus, we can’t skip over the fact that it has 3,500+ 5-star reviews.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHT
“I was pleasantly surprised by the thicker weight of this Pima fabric. The drape is nice and not clingy. Overall, I’m really happy with this turtleneck.”

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Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck

Overall Score

4.55

03

Everlane The Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck

4.2

1775 User Reviews

3.2

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Sustainable

WHAT TO LOVE
Speaking of Pima cotton, Everlane is also a fan of the luxurious material. Their Pima Micro-Rib Turtleneck is a best-selling style that's half-sweater, half-loungewear. Stretchy with a slim fit, we’re already imagining pairing it with a pleated midi skirt.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
In addition to black, this turtleneck comes in a few other neutrals, such as heathered gray, white, and a darker shade called heathered fatigue.

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Old Navy Rib-Knit Turtleneck Top

Overall Score

4.55

02

Old Navy Rib-Knit Turtleneck Top

4.6

1994 User Reviews

3.2

Best Seller

3

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Ribbed

WHAT TO LOVE
Say hello to your new favorite staple: Old Navy’s Rib-Knit Turtleneck Top. It’s affordable. It’s comfortable (thanks to the stretchy cotton-polyester blend). And it’s available in regular, tall, and petite sizes up to 4XL.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS
A little texture can add just what your ‘fit needs. This women’s turtleneck is ribbed all over and includes a seam at the neckline.

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J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt

Overall Score

4.7

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J.Crew Tissue Turtleneck T-Shirt

4.3

569 User Reviews

5

Best Seller

4

Industry Recognition

4

Social Buzz

About Our Scoring System

In order for any product to be featured on Rank & Style, it must first meet the requirements set by our algorithm—a vetting process that allocates points based on consumer and industry data to score and rank products within a given category.

Best Overall

WHAT TO LOVE
J.Crew’s Tissue Turtleneck: #1 on our list and our hearts. Since 2007, this lightweight turtleneck shirt has been accumulating a fanbase. That’s why it comes in over 20 different colors and patterns, including a festive version with flecks of metallic thread running throughout the fabric.

REVIEW HIGHLIGHT
“These are my favorite turtlenecks. I just purchased nine this season to add to the others I have. The fabric is so soft, and they are the perfect weight to wear by themselves or under a fleece. Sometimes turtlenecks are very restricting around the neck, but these are just right. A perfect addition to my fall and winter wardrobe.”

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