A mock neck top, also known as “mock turtleneck”, is a garment that has a high collar and covers most of the neck. However, the collar doesn’t have layers of fabric that can be folded over. This shirt is commonly found in long-sleeve shirts, knit sweaters, sweatshirts, T-shirts and sweatshirts. Mock neck tops can look like a classic turtleneck but others, such as roll-neck sweaters or funnel neck tops, have a looser fit. A mock neck is a versatile and casual garment that can be worn all year.
What is a Turtleneck?
A turtleneck, also known as a Polo neck, is a garment that has a high neckline and folds over. The turtleneck collar is close to the neck and has a snug fit. There are many styles of turtlenecks, including long-sleeve shirts and sweaters. They also come in a wide range of materials like cashmere wool, cotton, and wool. Turtleneck sweaters can be worn as a layering piece with blazers or V-neck cardigans. They also work well under crewneck pullovers.
Mock Neck vs. Turtleneck – How Do the Garments Compare
Although mock necks and turtlenecks share the same high-neck silhouette, there is a difference between these garment styles. Let’s see how they compare.
- Style and fit of the collar: This is the main difference between mock necks or turtlenecks. Mock necks have a loose fitting collar and no extra fabric to style. Turtlenecks come in a variety of styles, but all include the trademark fold-over neckline.
- Fabric content: Mock neck and turtleneck tops are available in many fabrics. While turtlenecks are often made from knitted turtlenecks, they can also be made of cashmere, lambswool or synthetic fabrics. However, turtlenecks can also come in fleece or cotton. Mock neck shirts can be made in cotton, modal or jersey. Knits also come in a variety of fabrics.
- Multi-purpose: Both mock neck and turtleneck tops can be worn year round, depending on their fabric and cut. The turtleneck top is a popular choice in cold weather, as the fabric around it provides warmth. However, there are also sleeves-less turtleneck tops that can be worn in warmer temperatures. There are many options for mock necks. You can pair mock neck T-shirts with skinny jeans in the summer, or a mock neck wool sweater with leggings during the winter.