Knowing the Right Necklines for Your Face and Body Shape (Part 1)

Every woman has their own characteristic facial features and body shapes, and when it comes to choosing an outfit, it’s the neckline that is likely to make all the difference between a look that flatters your figure and face, and one that accentuates your less-than-perfect parts. Without a doubt, when choosing the right outfit to flatter the most – to make the look appears taller, slimmer and more stylish – women are required to look for necklines that complement their body frame, wardrobe and lifestyle.

Whether taking the plunge or cover up, V-neck, boat-neck, halter neck or strapless, necklines have the ability to remove pounds, as well as to give an air of sophistication and lend comfort – or do the opposite. You have to factor in your bust size, neck length, height and even face shape. Learn some of these guides to discovering which necklines work for you, and which should be avoided by one specific frame.

If you are considered plus size, check out plus size fashion tips and ideas “Plus Size Fashion Tips : How to Find the Best and Most Flattering Neckline”

V Neckline

How to wear V necklinesBecause it gives vertical impression to the outfit, this type of neckline can create a leaner, longer, and taller silhouette. It’s universally flattering and popular for all figures, as it can create a balanced look, not only draws the eye upward to the face but also enhance the neck and elongate the body. Plus, there’s also versatility in a V-neck because you can lower or raise the V with a button-down shirt.

Especially for those who have broad shoulders, thick torsos, or short necks, this neckline is well suggested. But overall, depending on cut of the neckline, whether you are petite, skinny, or plus size, the V-neck flatters almost every body shapes. And for those with a large bust, watch the cut. A very high V can make a large bust look saggy, while a plunging V can be too revealing, while a wide V balances out pear shapes.

How to wear V necklines with necklaceSuit for almost every body type and size, but best recommended for:
– Those who have a large bust or like a little cleavage
– Full figured women as it give vertical illusion to the outfit which is good for
– A good bra gives maximum uplift and a great cleavage, which look fabulous with this neckline
– Short neck and broad shoulders as it draws attention to the center
– Wide, round, and square jaws as it elongates face shape

Necklace Suggestions:
Choose necklace with contrasting shape (a round pendant or bead strands) and make sure it sits above or slightly above the V, or far below the V.

Square Neckline

How to wear square necklineCollarbone and décolleté region is one of the most alluring parts of any woman. Not to mention, wearing an open neckline – including square neckline – that shows it off is going to make most women appear longer and leaner. Basically, these necklines are suitable for all body types, but obviously you have to take into consideration each body type. For example, they are good for women with big bust since they provide a sophisticated frame to the décolleté without revealing too much cleavage

Women with firm necks and great skin (mostly younger women) also look great with these necklines, since they show off a lot of both. This type of necklines also helps to elongate short neck and narrow shoulders. And if you are a skinny girl, petite, or small chested, make sure to wear a fitted square to bring the illusion of curves to your bustline, plus don’t forget to fill it out a bit with a padded bra.

How to wear square neckline with necklaceSuits for almost every body type and size, but best recommended for:
– Round face to balance out the roundness.
– Pear shapes as it helps to give the shoulders a broader look
– Fat and short neck as it elongates your upper body

How to wear square neckline with necklaceNecklace Suggestions:
Look for pendants with round shape to harmonize the neckline’s shape. Short layered chains, chokers, a dainty necklace, or a short chunky necklace are also good as it creates a structured round curve to complement and balance the square shape.

Turtleneck (High Neckline)

How to wear high collars or turtle neckThese necklines, especially the turtlenecks, have an extended tight-fitting high collar that tends to create volume in the neck area. A true turtleneck that hits a couple of inches below the chin will whittle away your height, making it best for those who want to offset a long neck or face. But remember that these can also create what Minaker calls a “floating head,” where your head looks detached from the rest of your body.

Among varieties of neckline, this shape can be considered as one type that needs greater attention. Make sure to give room between the top of the turtleneck and your chin to avoid that “floating head” effect. Length proportion is key when wearing a turtleneck. Fold it under and adjust the length rather than folding the top of the turtle over. Or look for high collars with details to give more accents and dimensions to the neck area.
How to wear high collars necklineSuits for almost every body type and size, but best recommended for:
– Those with a long face or thin neck
– Small chested women as you will benefit more from high necklines. Bulk or volume in the collar line area – including turtlenecks – are great features if your neck is relatively thin or long too
– Square body shape or those with narrow shoulders and faces take most benefit from this neckline

How to wear turtlenecks with necklaceNecklace Suggestions:
This neckline fits the most with long necklaces and not too chunky, especially if you want to drag the attention away from the bust area. On the other hand, since statement necklaces are now one of the hottest trends to pull off, yes, you can still rock a statement necklace even if your neck isn’t exposed. Chunkier pieces look cool and modern when worn over your turtleneck.

Scoop Neckline

How to wear scoop necklineGenerally, these can be worn by almost every silhouette. This neckline displays the collarbone beautifully and elongates a short or thick neck, but depending on its cut, different body type has different width of scoop.  A wide or large scooped neckline on a shirt, for example, tends to flatter women with narrow shoulders since it makes the shoulders appear wider. It also fits better for smaller chests or women with athletic body types

As for bustier ladies or those with broad shoulders, they can do a smaller scoop to disguise their large bust area – unless they want to show much of their cleavage. While large scoop necks create curves, a low scooped neckline can also give the illusion of a longer neck and is flattering to those carrying extra fat under the chin. However, the curvy neckline also highlights a round, full face.

Best recommended for:
– Short neck, long face, or narrow shoulders as it gives the illusions of longer and wider look
– Hourglass shape as it creates a balanced look between upper and lower body part
– Great to create an illusion of large bust.

How to wear scoop neckline with necklaceNecklace Suggestions:
To bring emphasis down, they are best paired with a feature necklace that mimics the scoop. Fill in the space with multiple strands of beads or larger scale pendants. Or you can also do with a long plunging chain necklace for bringing eye-attention to the center

Sweetheart Neckline

How to wear sweetheart necklineJust like its name, a sweetheart neckline forms two curves like a type of heart shape at the bust line that rise over the underarms and reach high over the breasts. Since this neckline has a shape to provide considerable coverage to the breasts, this works well in accentuating cleavage and perfect for large busted ladies. A sweetheart neckline gives a lot of room to work with since the shoulders are mostly bare – especially if it’s strapless.

The best thing about this shape, it visually elongates the face and provides proportional balance to the overall silhouette. The shape is quite different from a V neck, although it may somehow appear the same to some people.

How to wear sweetheart necklinesSuits for almost everyone, but best recommended for:
– Busted ladies – to accentuate cleavage
– Short chin and neck
– Angular face shape as it balances the contours of the sweetheart
– Petite women with small breasts and narrow shoulders may wear them to show more curves

Necklace Suggestions:
Since this neckline has a flirty style, opt for a statement necklace to give that modern touch, chunky necklace, pendant necklace, and it can be simple or bold. A curved necklace that has width will balance the open décolletage of this neckline

Strapless (Tube)

How to wear strapless necklinesIt’s one of the most favorites among women and is widely used for cocktail party or special occasion. Because it shows great value around neck and arms area, a strapless top tends to be most flattering on women who have wider shoulders and a small bustline. In some cases, this neckline doesn’t fit all body types. In fact, because it leaves shoulders and arms fully displayed, women with medium or small breasts – preferably thin – take most benefit from this look.

On the other hand, if you are with curves and full chested, it’s actually fine to go bra-less as long as you know how to pull the look off with comfort, confidence and elegance. Go for seamless shaping garments or a strapless bra with great support. Stay clear of clear bra straps and uncomfortable sticky bra pads. Women with petite figure, however, can also invest in this neckline to give longer and taller silhouette. A strapless style also helps to elongate the neck.
How to wear strapless necklineSuits for almost every body type and size, but if you are busted lady, just make sure you have good support throughout the day. This is best recommended for:
– Long Neck
– Well-toned arms
– Good Shoulders
– Medium Bust

How to wear strapless necklines and necklaceNecklace Suggestions:
This neckline looks great with chokers or short pendants, leaving your lovely décolletage bare. For a more dramatic effect, opt for statement necklaces or chunky ones. If you want to go for long necklace, choose a simple necklace with small beads, so that it won’t competes the eye-catching look brought by your strapless.

Continue the article to “Knowing the Right Necklines for Your Face and Body Shape (Part 2)” for more neckline guides

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15 comments on «Knowing the Right Necklines for Your Face and Body Shape (Part 1)»

  1. sierra says:

    Post some kinds of sleeves

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Sierra

      Thank you so much for the comment
      Hopefully I can do article about sleeves ASAP

      I’m having pretty hectic days lately

      But again, thanks much and have a lovely day 🙂

  2. Nkiru says:

    Great article really. Thank you so much for sharing. Keep up the good work!

  3. AK says:

    Hiya, great article! & great site! Just found it today.. I wanted to add, I had a consult with a stylist a few months ago where we tried on various sleeve & neckline options and the square neck was my absolute worst, both in the independent judgement of my own eye and the judgement of my stylist. I’ve been googling trying to figure out why specifically (we were trying on a slew of them and had a bunch more to go so I didn’t press the whys too much, I guess I should’ve!), at the time he said it was very dissonant with the angularity of my face (i have a diamond shaped face). I am 5’9″ and have a long neck, shoulders = hips, med-full bust (30FF via a brathatfits tho I’ve been wearing 36D rather badly for most of my adult life) shortish (tho defined) waist. My best necklines were v-neck, portrait, draped, scoop, high turtleneck, wrap, anything asymmetric. Boatnecks good, but better with intermediate strap show. Crews ok but kinda sorta meh, We didn’t try strapless, but I know it works ++ IRL. 🙂

  4. AK says:

    ^ actually I am mistaken in saying boatneck, the one we tried on was wider than boatneck, but I’m not sure what it was called.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Thank you so much for sharing AK 🙂

    2. leigh says:

      I believe it’s called a Ballet neckline or Bateau.

  5. khushbu says:

    i m 5’0″ wid 36c bust size, should i wear boat neck?

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Khushbu,

      My only advice is wear all fashion styles you would like to wear, regardless your size and body shape.
      May be you can check out “Plus Size Fashion Tips : How to Find the Best and Most Flattering Neckline” for tips and ideas

      Have a wonderful day Khushbu 🙂

  6. Rose Davis says:

    Great article, well written was looking for something like this. My daughter has a unique figure designing a dress for her graduation. Wanted the dress to love her body.
    Loving Mother

  7. Mits says:

    Thank you for choosing right neckline for my western dress.

    1. dee-nee says:

      Your welcome Mits,

      Thank you too for giving comment :))

      have a wonderful day

  8. Joy says:

    Didn’t see anyone with a long, thin face like SJP, but with a full bust and petite!

  9. Joy says:

    Didn’t see crew necks or boat necks

    1. dee-nee says:

      Hi Joy,

      You may check Knowing the Right Necklines for Your Face and Body Shape (Part 2) for both necklines

      Have a wonderful day :))

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