Necklines are one of the most underestimated players in the game of slimming fashion outfits. Yet, with the right neckline, you can take pounds off your figure, look thin, slim and elegant, all while embracing comfort. It’s the ultimate fixer-upper for some of the most common insecurities. However, in the world of V-necks, boat-necks, square necklines, sweethearts, crew-necks and turtlenecks, which neckline is a woman to choose?
In order to choose a neckline that will make you look thinner and slimmer, you have to take into consideration your bust size, neck length, body shape and even face shape. For example, for a woman who wants to emphasise her bust, higher necklines like boat-necks and crew-necks will help the bust pop out and stand out. On the other hand, a woman who wishes to draw attention away from her bust, V-necks and scoop necks that stop right at the top of the cleavage are recommended. It may seem counterintuitive, however, high necklines, can actually emphasise your bust instead of covering it up. A high neckline will also shorten your neck and may create the all-unflattering uni-boob.
Let’s take a look at some of the other necklines out there.
Turtlenecks are most flattering on women with long necks, banana shaped bodies, and small busts. The specific effect of the turtleneck lies in the fact that it creates volume around the neck area, thus decreasing the length of the neck and placing emphasise on the bust. While turtlenecks work well with most body shapes, choosing the right turtleneck can be difficult as there are a certain details that need to be considered. For example, you need to make sure that the turtleneck doesn’t create the illusion of a “floating head,” a “uni-boob,” or store too much fluff around the neck area.
Crew-Necks and Boat-necks
Similar to turtlenecks, crew-necks and boat-necks are flattering on women with long necks, small chests and narrow shoulders, as they create the illusion of wider shoulders, place an emphasis on the bust and balance the silhouette. If you are a pear-shaped woman, try on a boat-neck dress and you will automatically feel slimmer and thinner. Crew-necks and boat-necks may have the opposite effect on a woman who is curvier, has a shorter neck or wide shoulders.
V-necklines work great for majority of body shapes. They have a universal slimming effect as they create the illusion of a leaner, thinner and taller figure. V-necks can do wonders on apple and pear shaped women. For women who are bustier, the cut is important, as it may flatter or make the bust seem saggy. This cut is also recommended for petite women, for women with shorter necks and for women with wide, round or square jaws as it will elongate the body, curve the face, and slim the figure.
A square neckline is another neckline that suits most body shapes. For women with large busts, the square neckline slims and thins the body and frames the bust without exposing too much cleavage. Women with short necks and round faces are also encouraged to wear dresses and shirts with square necklines to slim the neck and face. Likewise, for pear shaped women, this neckline will help emphasise the shoulders and create the illusion of a more proportional body.
The sweetheart neckline is great for women with larger busts as it provides a sophisticated coverage for the bust while shaping them in an elegant manner. The neckline also works for petite and small-busted women as it adds and shapes the curves, creating the illusion of a larger bust. Women with shorter chins and necks can also take advantage of this sweetheart neckline, as it will elongate the face and the neck.
The scoop neckline can work with any body shape when taking into consideration the cut and the width of the scoop. The neckline extends the neck (great for short and thick necks) and tends to flatter women with narrow shoulders. Women with larger busts should opt in for smaller scoop cut for a more sophisticated look. For hourglass shaped women, this neckline can create the illusion of a more balanced upper and lower half. The neckline will also create the illusion of a larger bust for small-busted women.
There you have it. We hope that this will ease the navigation through the world of necklines. Simply remember, shop for your body shape, love your body shape and wear your fashion outfits with confidence and pride.