Is a Turtleneck the Answer?

 

Where's his neck?
Where’s his neck?

In response to the sub-zero Atlanta temperatures, I did what most everyone else is doing – pulled out the turtleneck. As I surveyed how I looked before going out the door, I was shocked to realized that a turtleneck sweater is no longer a good style for me. When did that happen? I have a long neck and had always thought that a turtleneck worked. But, as I took time to objectively assess my look, I realized that my jaw area is not as firm as it once was (commonly known as having jowls) and the collar of a turtleneck seems to exaggerate that fact.

Casually flattering.
Casually flattering.

Although many people choose a turtleneck to keep warm or to camouflage wrinkles, turtleneck sweaters are not particularly flattering for many people. We only need to look at a few examples to Notice how the neckline of the gentleman in the orange sweater appears not to have a neck.

Truly a "turtle" neck.Notice how different the man in the black sweater looks by having just a small opening at the neck. You can see his neck but this would still be flattering for someone who has a short neck, is noticeable overweight or has significant signs of aging. The opening is narrow enough to hide the flaws while offering warmth and a fashionable look.

This grey sweater looks warm and toasty but completely hides its wearer’s neck. The red sweater has a very similar neckline but what a visual difference! Its larger cowl neckline allows you to see the model’s neck and serves as a frame, to draw attention up to her face.

Warm and flattering.
Warm and flattering.
Let the collar be a frame.
Let the collar be a frame.

The magenta sweater with this buttoned opening also draws your attention to the wearer’s face. Notice how the collar frames the lower part of the face and opens up the neck area.

As you study these pictures, which do you find more esthetically pleasing? Which ones make the model look his or her best?

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