Turtleneck Dress Outfits

I've been trying this new thing where I don't purchase a trending item unless I can make multiple outfits featuring that one item. This week's item is the Turtleneck Dress. There are many different reasons I am hesitant to get a turtleneck dress. Primarily because it's a turtleneck...

STORY TIME: When I was in elementary school, and unable to pay for or pick out my own clothes, my mother was the person who dressed me. Her outfit of choice? A turtleneck and oversized jeans. Whenever we had dress down day (I went to a charter school w/ uniforms), I always was the one wearing a turtleneck. What put the nail in the coffin was when my class had a dance performance in front of the whole school. My mom was to show up with a change of clothes before my performance. Guess what she decided to bring. A turtleneck! And this wasn't any old turtleneck, this was the ugliest turtleneck I'd ever seen; it was bright red with a bunch of little images all over it that far away would have reminded you of throw up. The worse part? It was tight and uncomfortable to even dance in - she must have forgotten that I wasn't a flat chested 8 year old. When I walked out onto the stage, you could literally hear the shock in the audience. My classmates couldn't even help but stare during the actual recital. Since then, I swore I would never wear a turtleneck again.

And here we are. 11 years later and I'm about to present 3 looks based entirely around a turtleneck. Who would have thought. While I'm definitely scarred from the experience, my stylish heart wants what it wants. So here are the looks.


How to Accept Mondays Suck and Still Start the Week off Right

Mondays suck. Period. At least for college students, especially Narcoleptic ones like me. There's no amount of motivational posts or productivity experts that can convince me otherwise.

How can we possibly start the week off right if Mondays are so sucky? There's actually a couple of things that can be done that require little effort, some of which you already do but aren't doing so in a way that benefits you.

So this is the important part that you can scroll down to

1. Start your week on Sundays.

Now, I know I just killed your lazy Sunday vibes, but hear me out. Why tf would you want to start your week on a day that sucks ass? Seriously, think about it. Maybe we should stop pretending like our calendars don't start with Sunday (lol, for real though) and embrace Sunday being the start of the week.

What to do:
You'll probably spend Sunday afternoon dragging yourself to brunch in the caf in your PJ's or little red dress from your walk of shame. Spend that afternoon brainstorming your week. Make a list of things that need to get done, maybe even do some goal setting.

How it helps:
You're exercising your brain power for more than just digesting food and getting over your slight hangover. Doing some planning on a day you don't completely hate at the start of the week sets a great tone of productivity.

By doing some work on a Sunday afternoon, you allow yourself the freedom of not having to feel overwhelmed when you realize the amount of stuff you have to do later the night before or the morning of Monday. This way you don't feel guilty for not doing work during your pizza and chill sesh with your friends at the end of your favorite lazy day.

A Vertical Fixation

Minimalism is a major key. In fact, I am in the process of developing my minimalist wardrobe. My focus for now is expanding my monochrome pieces. In order to pull off outfits that rely heavily on black and white, experimenting with patterns, prints, textures, and accent hues are essential - all of which are featured in this look. As a Style Guru for CollegeFashionista.com, I explain how this look is inspired by Alexander Wang's Spring 2016 Ready-to-Wear Collection and Tomas Maier's Pre-Fall 2016 Collection.

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