décolletageSummer in the City means dresses, rooftop bars and relaxing in a Park. dievca wants to make sure that she looks good wandering around the Town or having drinks with Master.

dievca suggests that when you are looking for your summer staple dress pay attention to what kind of neckline will be most flattering for your face and body. It is one of the simplest ways to highlight your natural assets.

Certain necklines do come into fashion, but in the end, what works for you comes down to how you want to feel and what is your personal style.

With necklines, the goal is to try to balance your body type and play up and stress your favorite features. For women with a curvier and bustier figures it is recommended to wear boat-necks, heart-shaped cuts and v-necks. For more athletic or boyish figures the best way to add curves is to wear scoop necks, a halter top or a deep V.

But Rules are meant to be broken. If you’re feeling confident, you can rock any look.

Sweetheart, Scoop Neck, V-neck and Square Neck
The collar-bone and décolletage region is one of the most alluring parts of any woman. Wearing an open neckline that shows it off is going to make most women seem longer and leaner. Lower, open necklines like a sweetheart (which is shaped like the top of a heart), scoop, square or V-neck tend to look good on almost every body type and size. These cuts bring attention to your face and elongate your upper body. Just make sure you don’t show too much unless it is requested by your Sir.

 Tip: If you’re not well-endowed, sweetheart and scoop necklines are best for creating the illusion of curves.

Bottom line: Great for everyone, unless you are top heavy or have an especially long neck.

Crew Neck and Boatneck
If you have a long neck, narrow face, small chest or sloped shoulders, a high neckline — one that rests on or very near the collarbone — is your best bet. Crew necks and boat-necks draw the eye out to your shoulders so you seem more balanced and proportionate. In this case, the more substantial neckline gives the illusion of square shoulders, a shorter neck, a fuller face and more ample bust.

Tip: If you’re pear-shaped, look for dresses in this cut to balance your upper and lower body.

Bottom line: Crew necks and boat-necks balance out narrow necks, faces, shoulders and small chests. But on the flip-side, these necklines can make you look bigger than you are if you have generous curves, a short neck or broad shoulders.

Cowl-necks, Mock Necks and Turtlenecks
By choosing the right amount of coverage, you will find there’s no need to shiver in the name of beauty. 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. A cowl-neck, which is a looser version of a turtleneck, naturally drapes at the chest, creating a vertical line that elongates the body.

Tip: A mock neck hits slightly lower than a turtleneck and serves as a good midpoint if you cannot part with your more covered-up sweaters.

Bottom line: Trade turtlenecks for mock necks or cowl-necks unless you have a long face or neck.

A Universally Flattering Neckline
Whatever size you are, a halter will flatter your figure. It gives lift and supports your bust. If the halter has a built-in bra, it can create curves where there are none.. If your arms or shoulders are your trouble spot – top the halter with a fitted jacket.

The Neckline to Avoid
Strapless clothing is a hard look to pull off — unless you have got flawless proportions. A strapless cut can make top-heavy women spill out and tall, thin women look like a giraffe.

Tip: The silhouette may help petite women to look taller.

Thank you to “Style Glossy”  and  “Huffington Post” Canada

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7 Comments on “Necklines”

  1. Pelelotus says:

    Interesting, have often wondered what the difference between various necklines were.


    • dievca says:

      The second link “joy of clothes” has a very comprehensive graphic list of necklines– you have to click on a page link to find it, but it is very worthwhile.


  2. hispetitelle says:

    Thanks for all the info. I am hourglass with a short torso so absolutely no to turtle and crew necks…I look just awful. V-necks, scoop, square and halters dominate my wardrobe. I learned what looks good on me. I believe you and I have a similar silhouette.


    • dievca says:

      I think my torso is longer than yours — I am good with turtlenecks and crew necks.
      It sounds like you have longer legs. I run 50/50 legs vs. torso.
      The one thing I avoid is a square neckline — my face has a more square jaw and I look like a tank. V-necks, Scoops, Bateau, etc. are very good. I found the comment about cowl necks interesting because if they have too much fabric it rests on the shelf of my breasts. Drape neck is a better choice for me. Hello, Vivienne Westwood!


      • hispetitelle says:

        I don’t know if my legs are longer. I’m just under 5’3″ so there’s not much there. I have broad shoulders so I can carry off things and give a taller appearance, or so I would like to believe. I also have a little bit longer neck than average. Not a swan neck, which would be lovely for ballet, but I think that helps with being able to carry off some things.

        Yes, drape neck is a better choice than cowl because girls with boobage have to watch all that fabric.


  3. Anami Blog says:

    Such a great guideline, dievca!! Do you know the name of that tiny “cave” just at the very bottom of the neck, where the bones meet?


    • dievca says:

      The clavicle and the sternum meet and create that divot, but I don’t know if it has a name. I couldn’t find one…
      The indent under your nose? philtrum


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