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30 of the best turtlenecks to buy right now

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It wasn’t so long ago that turtleneck jumpers were widely perceived as being slightly lame. They were the go-to item of clothing for beatniks in the 1950s, and seen as a feminist statement in the 1970s for their defiant covering-up of any cleavage: the young Gloria Steinem liked to wear a turtleneck leotard under jeans.

But from the 1980s up until relatively recently, turtlenecks (or polo necks) were struggling with something of an image problem. They might have been warm, but they were no longer cool. Rather, they were the preserve of people on skiing holidays, middle-aged men who rather fancied themselves, and middle-aged women who wanted to hide their necks, à la the late, great Nora Ephron.

Today, though, turtleneck jumpers are some of the hardest-working items in our wardrobes. Rare is the woman in 2016 who doesn’t own at least one slim-fit black roll neck top, to be worn with skirts or jeans or under shift dresses, in the office as easily as at a house party. Chunky knits, meanwhile, have become an autumn/winter statement staple, beloved by everyone from Solange Knowles to Olivia Palermo.

We’ve rounded up 30 of the best turtlenecks you can buy right now, from high street to high end. May your neck never be cold again…

  • Black and White Marl Ribbed Polo-Neck Jumper

    £29.99, H&M

  • Tippi Turtleneck Sweater in Soft Peony

    £79.50, J. Crew

  • Denim Cosy Wool Mix Roll Neck Jumper

  • Navy Stripe Funnel Neck Jumper

    £19.99, New Look

  • Southfield Mockneck Sweater in Hthr Mauve

    £86.43, Madewell

  • Oversized Knitted Sweater in Khaki

    £25.99, Zara

  • Vibrant Blue Funnel Neck Sweater

    £29.99, Mango

  • Stone Embellished Sweater

  • Funnel Neck Shaker Sweater

    £39.95, Gap

  • Cut-out Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater

    £220, Chalayan

  • Bordeaux Knitted Turtleneck Sweater

    £130, Totême

  • Twisty Funnel Neck Jumper in Orange Mix

    £29.50, Marks & Spencer

  • B.Intl Caster Knit in Grey

    £139.00, Barbour

  • Cashmere Cowl Neck Knit in Burgundy

    £180, Whistles

  • Autumn RSVP High Neck Jumper in Winter White

  • Compact Metallic Batwing Jumper

    £55, Topshop

  • Lamb’s Wool Roll Neck Chunky Jumper in Navy

    £79, Olive

  • Alpaca-wool High-Neck Jumper in Thistle

    £79, Cos

  • Wool & Mohair Jumper in Dark Green

  • Lowie Red Marl Roll Neck Jumper

    £168, Trouva

  • Thick Knit Sweater

    £48, Y.A.S.

  • Silk Cotton Polo Neck Jumper in Mink

    £89, Jigsaw

  • Velvet Cut-Out Shoulder Sweater

    £25.99, Zara

  • Simcha Frill Roll Neck Jumper

    £32, JOY

  • Ribbed wool turtleneck sweater

    £425, Toga

  • Extra Fine Merino Turtle Neck Sweater in Blue

    £24.90, Uniqlo

  • Lurex Turtleneck Jumper

  • Mila Cashmere Sweater in Grey

    £169, Hobbs

  • Zita ‘Eye Heart You’ Crop Turtleneck

    £247.78, Alice and Olivia

  • Bo Cable Trapeze Knit in Ivory

    £120, Whistles