Necklines come and go in popularity but it’s helpful to know which ones flatter your shape best. Since the goal is to draw the eye up to your face, that neckline you’re sporting can be pretty darn important. Don’t think of these as rules. Think of them as proportion tips to use or not as you please.
Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions. – Coco Chanel
Let’s start with the best neckline for your body shape.
The round or apple body shape is narrow on top and bottom and is fuller through the tummy. Your shoulders may be wide, narrow, or rounded and your backside tends to be flat. Scoop and deep V necklines are best for you because they elongate the look of your torso and draw attention to your face. High and turtle necklines will make your bustline look larger.
Triangle or pear-shaped figures have narrow shoulders and wide hips. A bateau, square, cowl, and jewel neckline add width to balance your hips. V-necks are universally flattering but the high, wider versions are most flattering for you.
Inverted triangle figures have wide shoulders and narrow hips. They often have flat backsides and little or no waist definition. Cowl, halter, deep scoop and V-necklines look best on you.
The rectangle body shape is straight up and down with little or no waist definition. Halter, deep scoop, and deeper V-necklines look great on you. Asymmetrical necklines and shawl collars add softness which adds balance to your straight silhouette.
The hourglass silhouette is 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.
In addition to body shape, your neck length and face shape also plays a role in which necklines work best on you. Here’s a rundown by neckline:
These look great on women with long necks and long faces because they draw the eye vertically. They help widen the look of narrow shoulders and balance wide hips. Boat necks look great with oval and round faces.
These flatter people most everybody. They’re especially helpful for women with broad shoulders, and short necks because they lengthen the look of your body and draw the eye up toward your face. This neckline helps petite women look taller and balance out a pear figure.
This is almost universally flattering because it lengthens a short neck and chin, provides balance for a square jaw. It creates the illusion of curves and accentuates the bustline in a modest way. The wide neckline helps balance the hips in the hourglass, rectangle, and pear-shaped figures.
Crewnecks draw attention to your face and neck. They can accentuate a large bustline, make your neck look shorter and your face look rounder. The crewneck looks great on a narrow or angular face.
A looser more relaxed version of the crewneck. These elongate a short neck and helps balance a long face. A large and long scoop flatters the small bust and short neck. A deeper scoop accentuates a large chest and makes your neck appear longer. Angular faces look great with scoop necklines.
Cowlnecks flatter both large and small bustlines and works with most face shapes. If the fabric is bulky it can make your neck look shorter.
These look great with a long neck and face. They accentuate the chest so it is flattering on small-busted women. Be sure there is space between the top of the neckline and your chin. Double chins are seldom flattered by these:) Turtlenecks can make wide shoulders look wider.
Finding your personal style is often a journey of trial and error. Knowing the most flattering proportions for your silhouette can save you a lot of time. Details matter so keep your body shape in mind while shopping.
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Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident!