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Photos Of Celebrities In Turtlenecks Are All The Style Inspo You Need

If these photos don't convince you turtlenecks are the best, nothing will.
11/01/2018 05:45am ET
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Turtlenecks are the most versatile piece you can have in your wardrobe. Yeah, we said it.

If you disagree (and lots of people do), just hear us out. Turtlenecks, the high-neck tops beloved by the beatniks, poets and jazz musicians of the 1950s, are the perfect cold weather closet staple. They can be chunky or thin, bulky and loose or tight-fitted. Not only do they look great on their own, paired with some simple blue jeans, sleek trousers or a skirt, they can also make great layering pieces. Got a spaghetti strap dress you’re not quite ready to store away for the winter? Add a fitted turtleneck underneath and you’ve got a whole new outfit. Same goes for jumpsuits and even button up shirts that aren’t quite warm enough to wear on their own when the temperature drops.

To put it plainly, turtlenecks wrap your neck in a warm, cozy embrace in a way a simple scarf just never can.

And despite what you might think, turtlenecks are both cool ― as proven by plenty of famous men and women ― and sexy. As Troy Patterson once wrote in The New York Times, when a woman wears one, there’s “a certain sophistication in the overwhelming rejection of décolletage; this sweater [says] that her eyes are up here.

If all that isn’t enough to convince you that turtlenecks are the best, perhaps the photos below of an array of celebrities wearing them through the years will do the trick:

Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser
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The actors in a promo image from the '90s sitcom "Mad About You."
Elizabeth Taylor
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The actress offers a big smile on a stairway in a red turtleneck, sometime in the '50s.
Mick Jagger
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The rock 'n roll star during a rehearsal in 1965.
Rita Hayworth
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The actress wears a yellow turtleneck, circa 1950.
Sarah Jessica Parker
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The actress seen on set of the 1987 miniseries "A Year In The Life."
Mary Tyler Moore
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The actress smiles in a scene from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in 1970.
Princess Diana
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The British royal out in London in the mid-'90s.
Elvis Presley
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The iconic singer wears a turtleneck in this 1968 photo.
Candice Bergen
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Bergen was photographed in front of a window overlooking New York's Central Park in the mid-'80s.
David Duchovny
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The actor poses for a photo, circa 2000.
Nick Carter
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The singer during a performance on "The Early Show" in New York in November 2000.
Demi Moore
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Moore posing for a 1981 publicity photo for "General Hospital."
Penelope Cruz
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The actress sports a turtleneck at the premiere of "All The Pretty Horses" in New York in December 2000.
Patricia Arquette
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The actresses poses for a portrait at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Britney Spears
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The actress at a photo call for "Crossroads," 2002.
Benjamin Bratt
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The actor wears a turtleneck for the premiere of the film "Thumbsucker" in January 2005.
Julia Roberts
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The actress poses in a green turtleneck for a studio portrait session in 1989.
George Clooney
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A shot of Cloney from the mid '90s.
Diane Keaton
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The actress in a scene from the 1974 movie "The Godfather Part II."
Audrey Hepburn
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The actress, photographed with her first husband, Mel Ferrer, wears a turtleneck while riding a horse near Rome, 1955.
Marilyn Monroe
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The actress poses in a black turtleneck at her home in 1953.
Rita Moreno
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The actress wears a white turtleneck sweater in a photo, circa 1954.
Halle Berry
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The actress photographed sometime in the '90s.
Lisa Kudrow
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The actress in a turtleneck on the set of a 1995 episode of "Friends" with Chrissie Hynde.
Gwyneth Paltrow
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The actress on location for the film "A Perfect Murder" in 1997.
Robert Redford
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The actor smiling in a turtleneck, circa 1960.
Sammy Davis Jr.
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The performer during an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1985.
Natalie Wood
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The actress wears a black turtleneck in this photo from the early '60s.
Steve McQueen
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The actor in a still from the 1968 film "Bullitt."
J.C.Chasez, Lance Bass and Chris Kirkpatrick
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The three, seen here with their fellow *Nsync bandmates Justin Timberlake and Joey Fatone, wear turtlenecks at the annual American Music Awards in 1999. (Timberlake's mockneck almost counts.)
Art Garfunkel
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Garfunkel, with Paul Simon in an almost-turtleneck, in a Columbia Records publicity still, circa 1967.
Victoria and David Beckham
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The couple in matching black turtlenecks as they announce their engagement in 1998.
Diana Ross
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Ross wears a light turquoise turtleneck in this undated photo.
Christina Aguilera
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The singer poses following Grammy nomination announcements in January 2000.
Twiggy
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The model poses in London in 1967.
Jane Fonda
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The actress poses in a turtleneck in this undated photo.
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