The Turtleneck: How To Style This Wardrobe Basic

How to Style The Turtleneck

How to Style The Turtleneck

Turtlenecks are the bomb. Sweaters, hoodies and fuzzy oversized cardigans are amazing too. But a turtleneck is the perfect way to chic up your look while layering strategically.

So often are closets are missing essential basics simply because they’re boring. Or we think they are. I used to feel this way too. Why spend my money on a cami or plain turtleneck when I can buy those stylish oversized sweaters instead? Let’s answer that.

1| It cuts down on the bulk and adds warmth.

Have you ever successfully paired an oversized sweater with a cardigan? Probably not. They are just not pieces that complement each other. Not to mention it just wouldn’t be comfortable.

2| Neutral Color Options

Basics usually come in a handful of color options. Making them easy to pair with pretty much anything.

Now, that we covered why to buy your basics, in this case, the turtleneck. Let’s talk style tips.

1| Make it a focal point

My gray turtleneck is a focal point without clashing with my cardigan simply because it’s grey. It complements the black without being overbearing.

2| Layer it with a blazer or cardigan

This is my favorite way to rock a turtleneck. If you want to dress up choose the blazer. If you want a more casual look go with the cardigan. Whatever you choose, keep it chic an fun. 


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Lay Tip: Keep basics chic & fun by buying them in different styles, colors & textures.






Outfit Details

Turtleneck by Topshop

Cardigan by ( via Asos)

Joggers by Express

Shoes by Chinese Laundry

Earrings by Aldo

Favorite MM by Louis Vuitton

Why I Love Being Curious + A Casual Fall Look

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All my life I’ve always been naturally curious. It’s one reason I used to love going on car rides with my parents as a child. I’d be fascinated by all the scenarios taking place outside my window. And I just observe in silence. Eventually, all that observing led to many questions and I’d bombard my mom and dad with them.

The first time we ever drove to New York as a family was an eye opening experience for me. I was enthralled by all the different communities from the suburban hills, to the lakes, bridges, buildings to the corner stores. It’s what sparked my interest in culture, art and history. I wanted to know what shaped communities, languages and the origin of all the different music we’d hear driving down a street in Brooklyn. I also wanted to know why New Yorkers drove so crazy but that question wouldn’t cross my mind until years later.

Today, I’m still just as curious. Which is why I love walking around my neighborhood and discovering new details. One which happens to be this stone pillar just chilling in the middle of a parking lot. Which we couldn’t resist shooting in front of because it contrasted with my outfit pretty nicely. I also find people tend to stop and watch when we’re shooting photos. A lot of times they ask questions and we’ll just have a conversation. It’s just nice. Nice to learn about the people who make up our community while I’m doing something I love.  Because as I got older I learned that it’s the people who shape the communities.




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Outfit Details

Shoes by Marc Fisher

Jacket by Topshop

Choker by AMY O

Scarf by Michael Stars

Sweater by Asos

Jeans by Nasty Gal

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6 of My Favorite Fall Items

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Hey, guys! Just wanted to pop in and share some of my favorite fall items I’ve been loving this past month. I couldn’t think of a better way than to combine them into a complete look and give a full visual why I have been obsessed with them. My outfit is definitely giving a badass chic vibe. After, all isn’t that the point of a leather jacket?!

6 of My Favorite Fall Items

1. High Key Sunglasses by Quay x Desi Perkins Collab. Desi did such an amazing job with this collection and it completely sold out this summer. Fortunately, it came back in September with a new color added also. I have the shades in the rose gold color but I’m thinking of grabbing the other two as well.

2.  Leather Jacket By Topshop. This has been my favorite leather jacket by far this month. I don’t believe I wore any of my other ones, honestly…truly (shout out to Joanne).

3. Backpacks – Mine is from Henri Bendel and of course I got mine monogrammed.

4. Distressed High-waisted Denim – The pair I’m wearing is from Topshop. Clearly, I’m a Topshop lover they just get my style 90% of the time.

5. The color Olive. I just recently worked with a client who was obsessed with everything olive green. Therefore, it has been high on my radar. Speaking of clients I’ll have some news to share in the next coming weeks be sure to be subscribed to the blog to stay in the loop.

6. Gold Hoop Earrings. Gold can do no wrong and this pair is my favorite, they’re my mom’s earrings from the 90’s. I also love these, these and these.

Are there items or things you love for Fall? Share them below!

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The Birthday Suit

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The Birthday Suit

Hey boo! I recently celebrated my birthday last Thursday, August 4th. Whoo Leo season! I posted this outfit that I wore to my birthday dinner on snapchat and I promised to share the details. P.S. if you’re not following me on snapchat (@laysummersloves) you’re missing out. I usually share all my new purchases even before they hit the blog. The last two birthdays I went for a dress but this time around I wanted something different.  I still wanted it to feel sexy and chic. Once, I have an image in my head my brain goes into overdrive churning out ideas. It is, after all, my fave thing to do; dress people.

So as soon as I saw these pieces while browsing in Topshop, I had a love moment. Then,I found the perfect shoe in these Sophia Websters. I really dig her design style because it’s whimsical, fun and eye catching. Trust me, people will def peep your shoe game with one of her designs. I love keeping my accessories minimal, it’s my signature style. The outfit was topped off nicely with a long gold chain and simple wallet.

Thank you all for the birthday wishes! I truly appreciate it and feel so grateful. Keep scrolling to shop my look.

Xo, Lay

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Blazer & Trousers by Topshop | Shoes by Sophia Webster| Wallet by Henri Bendel| Top by Urban Outfitters| Necklace by Topshop





Blue Stripes | A Chic Summer Look

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Wearing blue stripes creates a chic summer look that oozes a fresh and calm energy. If you’re struggling with what to wear to work this summer I suggest hitting up Zara. They have great pieces that work well in the office and versatile enough to work in multiple settings outside it.

You know I love a little glam. Even in the midst of the blue stripes and crisp white, I slipped in this gold necklace. The necklace paired so well with its sleek shape and gold slightly matte finish.


The Details

Pants & Top by Zara | Shoes by DVF | Necklace by Topshop


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