Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

Being stubborn is a character quality that I have been working on.  There are several ideals in my life I will always stand true to, and I am changing that part to being loyal.  Reflecting back on years past, I have realized how many opportunities I have missed out on due to stubbornness.  Standing firm in certain things have not served me well and one of them was holding on to ideas that some articles of clothing or styles were simply not for me.  As I continue the “Out of My Comfort Zone” series, I think about one type of neckline that has always been a source of aggravation for me: the turtleneck.

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

When I spotted this sleeveless sweater a while ago, I was intrigued.  I was already headed to the fitting room with some other items so I took a chance and took it in with me.  It was by far the best piece I tried on that day, even over the items I picked out that I naturally gravitated towards.

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

Turtlenecks have always made me feel like I am being chocked and closed in, and I have a feeling the mock collar in this loose knit has something to do with why I fell in love.  I think it also has to do with that I have released so much of my anxiety through the work I have been doing in my life as well as the way I view my body.

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

The longer length on this sweater gives a nice relaxed feel and I love the high slits on the sides.  It can easily be layered over a long sleeve tee or blouse for a little more coverage.  I never put my white jeans away during the fall or winter months because I love the bright option they provide.

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My ClosetOut of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

Since in my neck of the woods it does not get super cold, the fact that this sweater is sleeveless made it even more appealing.  I stayed very neutral with all of my selections with the exception of the coral stripe in my scarf.  Tied in a loose knot on top of my shoulder, I let one end drape over the front and the other down my back.

Out of My Comfort Zone: The Turtleneck | Designing From My Closet

It feels so good to be letting go of stubbornness and this outfit is a true reflection of that.  Going out of my comfort zone in my wardrobe has pushed me in other areas in my life as well.


Shopping Links to top row:  Target (exact one I am wearing)  |  Chico’s  |  Target
shop-sleeveless-mock-neck-sweatersShopping Links to bottom row: Avenue (plus size)  |  BP  |  Jessica Simpson

Today’s Postivity Note

The best way to get things done is to simply begin.

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  1. Oh my gosh- the turtleneck has always been one of MY “hates” too! I don’t like anything closed in around my neck, and when you have a bigger neck, as I’ve had with being heavy, I’ve had some turtlenecks that felt like they were strangling me! No matter how much I pulled to stretch them, they’d just zing back in and choke me! Since I’ve lost some weight, they don’t seem to bother me quite as much, but like you, I find myself looking at looser necks and mocks instead of turtles. A much better option!

    I do like your sleeveless knit mock neck, Janeane- it looks so comfy! For me, a comfort zone challenge would be the white pants. I know others do wear white in winter, and maybe I’d be more of a mindset to go for them if I lived in California, but as a Northern girl, I just can’t do it! Even a winter white seems to go against my grain! If I ever do wear white pants, jeans or even a dress this Fall/Winter, I’ll be sure and let you know!! 🙂

    1. Thank you Donna. I did not start wearing white pants/Denim until a few years ago, and now I can’t seem to stop. I love pairing them with darker jewel tones and tall boots when it gets cooler here.


  2. I know what you mean but it looks very good on you. I love them, also love a simple turtle neck on a pencil skirt, but I know they don’t look good on me. I like the colors you are wearing.

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