WIW: Shirt layered under t-neck. ETA neckline closeup

A while ago, Angie showed me a visual of a shirt layered under a turtleneck. Today, in the spirit of my continuing quest to master this layering-with-shirttails showing thing, I decided to give it a try. 

This is super comfy and could easily be a winter uniform for me. A couple of reasons: 

The top is stretch silk (from Ann Taylor a few seasons ago). Very comfortable. 

The sweater (which is charcoal, not black) is tailored but not at all tight. It is an old Lord and Taylor merino. When I bought it about 3 years ago, the fit seemed almost unfashionably boxy!  How times change!! 

The jeans are my favourite CoH Racer skinnies. 

The booties are my Stuart Weitzman chelsea boots, love of my life. :) 

Uncharacteristically, I decided to add a bit of shine in the form of my mother's old rhinestone necklace and another sparkly necklace, gift from a friend. It may be too much with the shirt collar, but I kind of like it. 

Does this work? Proportions okay? Is it JCE (just current enough)? 


ETA: the sweater is a turtleneck. I have pulled the collar out a bit over the top so the "wings" of it show. And the necklaces are layered. 

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  • viva replied 6 years ago

    I love this, Suz. I have been wanting to play with the shirt-under-turtleneck-sweater for a while. I'm going to try it with the collar up, with the collar totally hidden inside, and with the collar out-and-down, as you have it. I think the amount of shirt showing at the bottom is perfection. LOVE. And love the mother sparkle too.

  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    I love it! Reading the thread title I was wondering how anyone could pull of a shirt under a turtleneck, but this looks great. Love the necklace with it too.

  • kellygirl replied 6 years ago

    Wow! I really like this. I was dubious when I read your post title but this totally works. Oh, how I wish I had a neck! Sleek, modern and fab!

  • susan replied 6 years ago

    I love this look, too! So striking!

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Oh, I love it. I would try this myself. 

  • Alassë replied 6 years ago

    See, skinnies still look great on you. This would be a good option when you're tired of skinnies tucked into boots. :)

  • carambola replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful! The necklace looks great - polished and refined, but not too much at all.

    I'm smiling at your memory of the sweater seeming boxy a few years ago. I had the same thought this morning about my J Crew Tippi sweaters that I sized up on. They used to seem fluid and borderline too big, but now feel almost tailored. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    So fab Suz! I definitely think the proportions work. BTW, you're looking a lot better, good to see you looking well :)

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    This looks really great Suz, proportions look good to me.  I'm happy you're having fun with adding some jewelry to your outfits too. The streamlined button down seems key for layering and yours sounds and looks perfect.

  • Sharon replied 6 years ago

    Oh, this looks wonderful! The necklace is an inspired idea -it actually read as being part of the shirt collar until I looked more closely, I suppose because the texture of the necklace is similar to the pattern of the shirt. I was wondering how you got such an interesting neckline. The proportions look perfect.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    A biased love from me. I layer my plaid shirts under t-necks all the time. It's so practical and works for our body types. 

    Do you need to think about glitzy daily earrings, Suz? 

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    Great combination Suz. Your experiments are always brilliant.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    I can't see this very well on my phone but what I see looks fab. I need to try this. I just posted a failed attempt under a scoop neck. Turtlenecks may = success.

  • jackiec replied 6 years ago

    You look fab. This totally suits you. I love the necklaces too.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    You look so good!  Can we get a close-up of what you've done at the neckline?  I am confused about the shirt/necklace/tneck situation...  Have been thinking of adding a t-neck to my closet but not sure I can pull it off.

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I really like that combination!
    But same as Una, I can't figure out the neckline. Is the charcoal sweater a turtleneck and where is the turtle?

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Angie, yes, maybe some sparkly earrings would be a good idea. I tend to wear the same simple pair all the time. I do have an entire box full of others (I used to wear many more types) but always revert to my favourites. For the holidays, a sparkly set would be especially great. And I've actually enjoyed wearing these necklaces today. When the rest of the outfit is very simple and "quiet" I quite enjoy the jewellery, it turns out -- as long as it doesn't interfere with movement. I sometimes like the look of a pendant, and own a few. But they can get in the way when they swing around and that bothers me. 

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    So cool!  This would look flat-out ridiculous on my stump of a neck, but on you it's pure elegance.

  • replied 6 years ago

    That is really chic, Suz.  Consider yourself lucky you can wear this combination, because I am quite sure it's a very few who can.  It looks fantastic on you!  You really wear your jeans well too - love from me for the whole look here:)

  • krishnidoux replied 6 years ago

    The result is very nice and dynamic. This is something I can imagine you could wear and be very busy, and feel breezy, chic in. The necklace make this outfit. Its shine and refinement elevate it nicely, bringing attention upwards towards your lovely smile. 

  • Lisa replied 6 years ago

    I like this version the proportions are spot on and the bit of print peeking out from the solid pullover is a nice touch of pattern here.  Pretty necklace, although I would prefer if a necklace is layered with this look it is a tad longer.  With the shirt collar and the necklace so close together, it's a lot going on around the neck.  But that's just my preference!

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! The necklaces add a nice bit of bling.

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  • Aubergine replied 6 years ago

    I was thinking along the same lines as Astrid in wondering how this combo would actually work, but it looks great on you! I really like how dramatic the little bits of print look against the dark sweater.

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    I admit that I was skeptical of layering a shirt under a turtleneck, but you pull it off well! The necklace is fun with it, too!

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    Ooh --- creative closet play! 

    Love the combination --- and the layered necklaces are a great touch, and a way to get variety in your Work-At-Home wardrobe.  I enjoyed wearing small, but glitzy earrings everyday during my holiday capsule!

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    Oh, here was got me confused-- I thought the necklace was the printed blouse and couldn't figure out why it was below the neckline, nor could I see where the necklace was! Now all is clear.

  • columbine(erin) replied 6 years ago

    I like this version, with the pattern on the shirt underneath, the sweater is solid, the blues tying it all together, the proportions, and the sparkle. It looks cohesive and happy. 

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    Totally works and I love this!! I have never seen you in a necklace :) ... Have I? Nice change and YLF!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Almost never, Neel.  ;)   I DO wear a pendant or two now and again, especially in summer. Admittedly, this is rare. 

    I am thinking maybe it is time to get myself a statement necklace. Just when people are not wearing them as much and the dainty layered necklace thing is all the rage. Behind the curve, alas....

  • Deb replied 6 years ago

    Nice Suz. I do this sort of look a lot with a popped stiff collar, a smaller roll on my cashmere turtle necks and I fold the shirt cuff over the sweater and omit the shirt tails. Preferring to tuck the shirt, semi tuck the knit and display a great belt. Similar to your look but different. I like doing the same popped collar with a moderately deep V neck cashmere too. The necklace is pretty but in this instance is there too much going on? Turtleneck, patterned shirt collar and necklace so close together. What do you think?

  • Eliza replied 6 years ago

    Like the look and the proportions are great- love the length of shirt showing below sweater. I look forward to experimenting with this look this winter and your examples are very helpful.
    Happy experimenting with jewelry!

  • Carole replied 6 years ago

    Who knew! What a great way to keep mixing things up and using your wardrobe to the fullest...this looks great on you, Suz!

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I was very curious how this would work. I really like the patterned shirt under your solid t-neck.

  • tulle replied 6 years ago

    I've worn this look a lot (often Deb's way) and actually prefer it to a shirt-and-crew-neck combo, which looks a bit blah on me.  The "winged" effect of the collar adds a little spikiness to the look--particularly good with short hair like yours, I think.  I don't have many rhinestone necklaces, but have gotten a necklace effect by nestling a big brooch over the top shirt button, and sometimes even poking vintage clip earrings through the buttonholes of buttondown boy shirts. It's fun to play with, and you look terrific.  Not Just Current Enough, and not Classic, but a new category--Thoroughbred Hip, maybe?

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