I love the sleek look of a turtleneck. They look classic and modern at the same time. I wear turtlenecks often in the winter, but not as much as I used to. Granted, I live in a milder climate, but that’s not the only reason. It’s my neck and how it looks all scrunched under that tight fabric.
In truth, it’s not just my neck. It’s also the extra skin between my chin and my neck, which some not so affectionately refer to as a wattle. My granny had an epic one, so I’m coming into it naturally. My mom had a full facelift which removed hers. Mine is a bit lopsided because my head tips to the right most of the time. I tried Ultherapy last year. It’s a simple office procedure that uses ultrasound waves to target facial and neck tissue. It’s supposed to strengthen and tighten skin by stimulating new collagen production. Sadly, it did nothing for me.
Many of you have commented that you no longer wear turtlenecks because of how they feel and make your neck look. I admit turtlenecks that are too tight feel like they’re strangling me and I hate that feeling.
On Saturday we talked about oversize turtlenecks which are in effect, cowl necks. I like them a lot! Their gentle folds resemble what’s happening on my neck. Just as wearing texture reduces the look of texture (wrinkles) on your face, wearing loose folds around your neck reduces the look of folds on your neck. The stark contrast of something smooth against wrinkles makes the wrinkles stand out. So a tight, smooth turtleneck is not flattering on me these days.
Have you read, “I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts On Being A Woman” by Nora Ephron? It was humorous in my 40’s, now it’s more poignant.
Many women over 50 hold themselves to a standard that is unattainable and the media just adds fuel to that fire. Oh sure, we can have facelifts, neck lifts, lip injections, you name it, but it won’t turn back the clock that much. I’m not ruling those procedures out, but it’s not in the cards right now. However, neck creams are holding much more allure these days and I’m sampling a few.
My goal is to look the best I can at my age. I refuse to give up turtlenecks so my new versions will be scrunched. I like an unfolded turtleneck that gets scrunched down because it’s softer and less constricting. And then we get to the whole topic of confidence. Is my neck affecting my confidence? It’s a close call.
I’m going to choose turtlenecks that are softer and more forgiving. Heck, at this age I need lots of things that are forgiving. Including me. I’m going to work on cutting myself more slack when I see my neck and feel blessed to be healthy.
How do you feel about your neck?