Turtlenecks To Embrace Your Inner Drake

by Sara Tardiff

Of the infinite lessons to be learned from Drake's turtleneck sweater in his "Hotline Bling" music video — like Drake is the most meme-able human alive and normcore is back with a vengeance — the media (and particularly the fashion community) most picked up on the iconic quality of Champagne Papi's gray sweater. And, yes, it was glorious. The sweater immediately evoked feelings of comfort, support, and a dose of fashion envy. The media reacted appropriately. The turtleneck alone procured headlines like "No Turtleneck Could Save Drake And Serena's Love" (sigh), and "Drake Pulls Off The Most Ridiculous Fall-Inspired Outfits In The 'Hotline Bling' Music Video" (OK, true). There was no hiding from the power of a cozy cable knit, apparently Because after all, if Drake were a clothing item, wouldn't he be your coziest of sweaters with an almost uncomfortably close collar? I think so, anyway.

With winter coming, the whole sweater thing was kind of inevitable anyway, but what Drake did was cause a sort of global warming effect within the fashion world. He made sporting the turtleneck in-fashion about a month early, against the wills of many. So, as Drake does — we must follow. It is the part of the natural order of life. Now, before you shop these 13 Drake-inspired sweaters, start practicing your best dad dance moves and your look will be complete in no time.

1. The Signature Dad Look

This is a staple in Dad closets nationwide. Join the movement.

H&M Pattern-Knit Sweater, $39.99,

2. Color Block Them

You can never go wrong with a good dose of color-blocking.

ASOS Sweater in Color Block with High Neck, $72,

3. Be Festive & Chill

Consider this the more relaxed version of a holiday sweater.

Textured Colour-Block Sweater, $88,

4. The Sparkly Number

A little glitter never hurt anyone.

ASOS CURVE Turtleneck Sweater in Sparkle Rib, $54,

5. The Sweater Dress

Likely as personal favorite of Kanye's.

The Fifth Label In Your Mind Sweater Dress, $140,

6. The Cream Of The Crop

Pretty sure no one would appreciate a cropped turtleneck more than Champagne Papi himself.

Silence + Noise Abigail Turtleneck Sweater, $79,

7. Green Thumb, Green Neck

Allow your new Drake-inspired look to blossom.

Cos High-Neck Jumper, $125,

8. Batwing Crazy

Have a cape with your turtleneck! Because it's all about fashion, folks.

Nasty Gal So Over It Layered Cape Sweater, $68,

9. The Naked Sweater

The Drake-approved version of Carrie's Naked Dress.

Forever21 Plus Size Ribbed Turtleneck Sweater, $17.90,

10. The Ombre

A sweater that looks like a sunset can help you to better visualize you, Drake, and Future walking off into the sunset together. Hand in hand in hand.

H&M Dip-Dyed Turtleneck Sweater, $69.99,

11. The Autumnal Must-Have

The irony of a turtle-colored turtleneck should not be lost on you.

ASOS Boxy Sweater with Chunky High Neck, $63,

12. Kill 'Em With Color

As multi-color as the actual "Hotline Bling" video.

Murano Cropped Sweater, $88,

13. Racing Stripe

Take a simple, yet effective fashion risk with a single stripe down the sleeve of your sweater. So edgy it hurts.

Forever21 Striped Turtleneck Sweater, $22.90,

Enjoy wearing, well, more and probably going out less. Thanks for the inspo, Drake!

Images: Courtesy Brands (11)