By Susan Cernek, Glamour magazine
If you're reading this post, congratulations are in order as it means you're an official Slave To Fashion: only a fashion die-hard would be able to get past the seemingly unappetizing idea of white turtlenecks being the hot new thing. (Don't worry: we're not going to endorse Mom jeans next or anything.)
The fall trend started way back on the very first day of New York fashion week, when Tracey pointed out the white turtleneck-under-gauzy-gown layering technique at BCBG, which offered a new and comfy (not to mention warm) way to wear summery dresses all year 'round.
Then a few white turtlenecks started popping up here and there on the Paris runways (including Costume National's winter-worthy LBD look and Martin Grant's white-on-white outfit). Finally, the look upgrated to full-on Fall 2011 trend status at yesterday's Celine show, where designer Phoebe Philo sent nearly every model down the runway wearing a fitted white turtleneck under coats, blazers and sweaters. The resulting look--that's A-OK for weekdays and weekends alike--was a little mod, a little preppy and hella cool.
While Slaves To Fashion will probably swoon at the sight of Phoebe's latest minimalist but memorable outfit idea (I clocked this un-boring white top and black pants combo, above, and have been trying to brainstorm how to DIY it when I get home) anyone who needs more convincing should consider these five VIP things:
1.The flash of neutralizing white underneath your face can make hard-to-wear colors look more flattering. That mustard-colored coat you bought because it was 90% off but makes you look puke-y? Presto-chango.
2. The pop of non-color at the neck can make an old coat, blazer or LBD look new and uber-trendy. Plus, it can make a fancier look--heels and a skirt, bold solid-hued dress, etc--feel unfussy. Hel-lo wardrobe: prepare to be recycled.
3. You can get in on this high-fashion trend, asap, for about $10 or so. You can barely buy a pizza for an Alexander Hamilton, let alone a cool new outfit.
4. Consider it the sexy antithesis mega-cleave. While you're all covered up in a modest turtleneck top, it still hugs and flaunts your curves. Kim Kardashian's already tested out the look, and it looked (predictably) fab on her.
5. If Phoebe Philo digs it, it will be so. She's a little like Marc Jacobs in that way.
The downsides are of course that white turtlenecks are hard to keep clean and free of lipstick stains and you may need to invest in the perfect seamless bra to pull off, but don't seem like insurmountable things. Especially not when you consider that one little multi-tasking top could help revamp your whole fall wardrobe.
So lovely ladies, what say you? Swooning over Celine like me? Digging the Costume National look? Are you a fan of this chic and simple white turtleneck look? Or freaked out by it? Discuss in the comments below.
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