A Brooklyn Girl’s Guide to Sunday: Let’s Talk About Turtlenecks
I don’t really know why but this feels like an important time to talk about mock turtlenecks and how I feel about them. This is also a kind of blurry photo of me taken by my mother, so apologies re: the blurriness, but it seemed worthy of inclusion since it is of me in my favorite yellow semi-turtleneck. Mock turtlenecks are the perfect compromise. They’re not full-length turtleneck but they have just a little bit of that turtleneck vibe, making them extra cozy and Nineties nostalgic.
Turtlenecks make a long-sleeved grey shirt go from “so so” to “weird and cool” with just a little bit of extra fabric. This is the weird, “it’s not completely time for shorts and tank tops yet, but it’s still suddenly seventy five degrees” time of year, which means I’m wearing overalls and flannels, rompers and sweatshirts, sweatpants and T-shirts.
Mock turtlenecks help bridge the gap between Winter and Spring/Summer. I usually buy mine vintage, just because they seem to have been way more popular in the Eighties and Nineties than they are now, for no obvious or good reason. I either buy my turtlenecks on Etsy, which is actually a really fantastic place to look for cheap vintage clothes (and also a great way to waste ten hours), and at a few of my favorite shops in Brooklyn.
When in Brooklyn, I recommend going to your first drive by at Beacon’s Closet and L Train Vintage; from there, go to Awoke and Buffalo Exchange. Crossroads Trading Co. always has slightly more expensive but incredibly unique stuff, while Urban Jungle is one of those huge places in which you’ll always find something. Happy vintage’ing!