In prep for last year's Fall season, my Mom suggested that I look into Lands' End and L.L. Bean for some new long sleeve and turtleneck staples. I am a huge fan of layering in the cooler months of the year, but hate how worn out those basics can get in those (few - it's a short winter here!) months. I don't want to drop $60 on one from JCrew, for example, only to have it die by season's end. And since I wear them all the time, I need a variety of colors to go with different outfits. Those two mail-order companies, however, are known for their long-lasting and durable basics, so this year, I was sure to check into them first.
Lands' End was the winner in the end for their fitted turtlenecks. I had forgotten until I shopped around how common the looser, less shapely turtlenecks are - think your 5th grade first day of school outfits. I didn't want to look like a shapeless blob, so ones with a bit of stretch and a fitted shape were a must. I landed on these:
I ordered an XS in both sizes, realizing that I wanted them to be a bit more fitted than the models were wearing. I like for them to be wearable alone or under something, and fitted is a must for both. Plus, with the type of fabric Lands' End was using for them, I knew they'd look professional by themselves, too. I searched around for a promo code to use on shipping, and voila, four shirts for only about $70! I got the two colors/styles above and then a plain black and a plain brown.
They came in, and I LOVE THEM. They fit like a glove, and look and feel just like I want them to for the workplace. With the cold temps today, I of course had to break out the black one and wear it with slacks. It kept me warm in the office and on my way to and from, and I think it looked trendy to boot.
Where do you find your winter basics? What are your favorite go-to stores?