I used to hate wearing turtlenecks as a kid. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and wearing turtlenecks was all I seemed to do because it's so cold there from September to April. I hated how they felt constricting - always pulling or scratching at the collar. 

As an adult, however, I have come to love turtleneck sweaters. Rather than feeling constricting I find them really comfortable, especially cotton cable-knit sweaters like this one from Lands' End. You can wear them with jeans or you can even wear them over your favorite dress.

Right now knits and skirts are a trendy combination, but with just having had a baby three months ago I'm not really in the market to buy a lot of skirts and pants. My waistline is slowly receding, and I would rather wait to spend the money on clothes that I will wear a long time. So, instead, I just pulled on this turtleneck over my pink, pleated maxi dress to create the illusion of a top and skirt.

This is a smart way to avoid looking and feeling frumpy in a turtleneck. When winter comes and many of us are stuck indoors all of the time it's easy to feel sluggish and lackluster, so try this combination out the next time you get dressed. And, if you're looking for a great outfit to wear for family photos I think this would be a wonderful option. You can even add a pretty wreath and you have a gorgeous Christmas card! PS - My dear friend Katie Sterbenz is selling these custom signs in her etsy shop for $20. Go get yours now, click here!

Photos by Ten 22 Studio; product was sponsored by Lands' End for this post.