over50feeling40: Blast From the Past - Look #4
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Jan 27, 2011

Blast From the Past - Look #4

Black Turtleneck: Gap
Jacket: Coldwater Creek
Pinstiped Trouser: Lane Bryant
Necklace: Chicos

Let me confess up front….I’m not a fan of turtlenecks. I always felt like they were choking me and actually made me appear larger than I am. I much prefer a V neck sweater..or cowl…or boatneck. But, I have allowed this black turtleneck to hang around my closet for over 15 years and I usually wear it at least once a winter….I tried to change one year and bought thrift turtlenecks in many colors…which eventually went right back to thrift.

Researching the history of the turtleneck, did not endear me to mine at all. Any fashion statement that was originally worn by dock workers should be suspect from the beginning! The dark “seaman” look is really not all that attractive. But I will concede…occasionally, the classic black turtleneck can have its place and serve its purpose.

I do not ascribe to the one site I found which said,

Clothes Women Should Never Wear

From Turtlenecks to Tapered Pants, Styles That Don't Suit Your Shape

Never say never. Depending on how you style turtlenecks…I think they can suit your shape but it requires pairing them with a great jacket!! Nevertheless, this is probably my one time for this winter…but, never say never!!

Seychelles Flats: Marshalls

This has been an exciting week for me as I began on the San Antonio Express News website and now have been chosen as one of Independent Fashion Bloggers Links a-la-mode
Selections.  Check out all of the great choices here:http://heartifb.com/2011/01/27/links-a-la-mode-the-ifb-weekly-roundup-38/


  1. I used to feel the very same way about turtlenecks, but as I've become more enamored with layering (I used to hate layering too, can you IMAGINE?) I've realized that turtlenecks are a fabulous layering piece. And like you said, they can absolutely work with your shape when styled the right way.

    Congrats on the news site AND being featured on IFB! So exciting!!!

  2. Congratulations. You deserve it sooooooooooooooo much.
    I love your blouse, sorry for the turtle neck hehehe.
    I am so pleased for you.

  3. I like a turtleneck.....but for some reason, when I take my outfit pics....they make me look like I have TWO necks!! LOL..love you in yours, you styled it magnificiently!!!

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  4. congrats on the IFB feature...that's fantastic! some people look great in turtlenecks...but i just can't get over the stuffy feeling.


  5. I am a turtleneck dropout. With a short neck which is not slim, they feel like they are headed up over my chin. But you look great.

  6. Short sleeved patterned jacket over long sleeve solid.... I think you may have inspired an outfit for me! I'll try to get it together for tomorrow!

  7. First let me say thanks for your kind words today!
    I am feeling much better. I am thinking the hormones played a major role in the melt down LOL
    Second, I love turtlenecks. Now that I know the origin it might make it harder for me to put one on. LOL

  8. Hi Pam,
    Can you send me your email address. Outlook express isn't working on my computer and I can't grab your address. I want to send you a quick note...

  9. Ohhh how exciting! Congrats on your IFB feature!


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