Turtle neckline, also known as roll-neck or polo neck or skivvy, is a popular style among men. It is characterized by a close collar about the neck that folds over and fits tightly covering the entire neck. In designer Halston’s opinion, “Turtlenecks are the most comfortable garment you can wear. They move with the body, and they’re flattering too, because they accentuate the face and elongate the figure.”
Renowned American author John Berendt once wrote, “The simplicity of its design made neckties seem fussy and superfluous by comparison.” For centuries, men across USA and Europe have worn turtle necklines, but it was not until the 19th century that the trend made its way into the women’s wardrobes. Well suited for casual and formal occasions, the trend cases to fade and is now more prominent among women with so many styles to choose from dresses and tees. In women, turtle neck tops pair well with jeans or trousers or skirts, and accessories like scarves and jackets.
British actress Audrey Hepburn reportedly wore turtle necks on several formal occasions like official photo shoots. The turtle neckline was a rage among teenage American girls during 1940-50s as actresses Jane Russel and Lana Turner sported this neckline with cone-shaped bras, making it a popular style in those days.
The trend has ceased to fade in ages, and who can forget Steve Jobs sporting a turtle neckline all the time! On a lighter note, turtle necklines save men the pain of wearing a tie on a suit!