A Guide to Your Most Flattering Neckline

A Guide to Your Most Flattering Neckline

Necklines come and go in popularity but it’s helpful to know which ones flatter your shape because the wrong neckline can make or break your look. Since the goal is to draw the eye up to your face, that neckline you’re sporting is pretty darn important. Let’s look at what suits you.

Triangle shaped figures are narrower on top than the bottom. The goal is to add visual width up top so bateau, portrait, square, cowl, turtle and jewel necklines will be your most flattering. V-necks are universally flattering but the high, wide versions are better than deep, narrow ones for you.


Rectangle shaped figures are straight up and down with little or no waist definition. Their silhouettes are flattered by halter, deep scoop, and V-necklines. Your most flattering V-neckline is deep rather than wide. Asymmetrical lines and shawl collars add softness which helps balance your straight silhouette.  Bateau, crew, and square necklines are not your best.


Inverted triangle shaped figures have wide shoulders and narrow hips. They often have flat derrieres and little or no waist definition. You are flattered by a cowl, halter, deep scoop and V-neckline. Shirts with diagonal lines narrow the look of your top and add balance. Choose deep rather than wide V-necks. Bateau, turtle,  and crew necklines are not your best.


Round shaped figures are narrow on top and bottom and are fuller through the tummy. Your shoulders may be wide, narrow or rounded and the derriere tends to be flat. You are flattered by scoop and deep V necklines. Bateau, square and turtle necklines are not the best for you.


Hourglass figures are balanced through the shoulders and hips with a well-defined waistline. Lucky you! Crew, scoop, boat, and V necklines are all flattering. Boxy tops are not your friend.

Few of us are exclusively one of these shapes. We are often a combo so pay attention to the lines of your body and let your eye be your guide.

Thanks for reading ladies and have a great day!

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  1. Yvonne
    September 17, 2018 / 4:06 am

    This is a great explanation Jennifer. I think we often just look at face shapes in relation to necklines and not the whole body.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2018 / 7:06 am

      Face shape and the length of our neck comes into play also, but these general guidelines often steer us away from necklines that are unflattering.

  2. Anon
    September 17, 2018 / 8:16 am

    Blessed with as long neck, so I get to add scarves to the equation! This was a difficult year for finding my necklines (triangle) in my size in stores, though.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      You are lucky to have a long neck!! I wish I did

  3. Kathleen O'Brien
    September 17, 2018 / 8:16 am

    thanks for these great reminders – sometimes we forget to focus on the whole look rather than just pieces and parts.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2018 / 5:30 pm

      I consider body shape first and move on from there

  4. Jill
    September 17, 2018 / 10:27 am

    The problem I have with V necks is that they are often cut too low. It is hard to find a high V. Also, I prefer elbow sleeves. Can you suggest different options? Thank you.

    • Jennifer
      September 17, 2018 / 5:29 pm

      V-neck depth varies so it’s best to try them on. Know that many are made to be worn over a tank or blouse. Look for modest brands such as Talbots who will have higher V’s

  5. September 17, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Thanks for the guidelines – I’m pinning this for future reference!

  6. September 18, 2018 / 4:44 am

    I think neckline knowledge is a game changer. I possess a good collarbone line and as I descend to fat and wrinkle, I know that I can showcase my collarbone if I need to polish up for the evening. I love this post.

    • Jennifer
      September 19, 2018 / 6:12 am

      You crack me up Jen! My collarbones are still looking pretty good too, even covered with sun damaged skin! Xo

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