Hello again, and welcome to Friday, the Fun Fact kind! I was originally going to write a post about the Amish (again, the result of spending too much time with PBS) but I decided that they can keep their secrets for at least another week in lieu of the dire need for something about turtlenecks to grace the pages of a site named after them. So, this week will be about the history of Turtlenecks! (I’m kind of excited, I’m not going to lie).
And, as a salute to the occasion, I am wearing my burgundy Ralph Lauren turtleneck, and feel distinguished.
Alright, let’s get started.
FACT: Turtlenecks date back to at least the 15th century AD.
FACT: They are called ‘Polo necks’ in the UK and ‘skivvy’s’ in Australia.
FACT: They were popularized in the late 19th century, where they were originally worn by menial workers, navy sailors or officers, and athletes. But into the 20th century they became associated with academics, philosophers, intellectuals and artists.
FACT: In the 50’s the black turtleneck became a distinctive mark of an existentialist, and also became a way to rebel against traditional formal wear (ie. Black tie).
FACT: Women adopted the look and feminized it after the 50’s, and eventually it became a marker of preppy tidiness among students.
FACT: The look has been watered down since then and is now common among all classes in society and types of fashion.
And for your enjoyment, here are some awesome people who sport turtlenecks!
My apologies, I may have gotten a little carried away with the pictures, but Turtlenecks are fun and awesome, so it clearly doesn’t matter.
Again, I hope you learned something interesting. Interesting things that you can bring up at the next family reunion to baffle the people with whom you share genetics, using your wealth of useless knowledge!
Bye for now! And Happy Friday!
-Miss Hailey Jane