Ultimate Guide To Types of Necklines For Your Body Shape

As ladies, we face a plethora of choices in our lives. How many pairs of sneakers are far too many? How do I wear knee-high or ankle boots, and should I dress up my leggings outside?

I could really answer all of the above questions as a wardrobe stylist and personal shopper with lots of years of experience, but today I am about to focus on necklines: strapless, off the shoulder, cowl, halter, turtleneck, v-neck, boat, crew, scoop, and what performs better for your body type.

Necklines, as you might know, come and go, but there is not a single style that is dominating the trends currently. Since they know their customers, specific stores appear to stick to the very same formula. For instance, Jacqui E likes the V-neck since they recognize their clients do as well.

Necklines

Necklines

Choose a Style that is Best for Your Body Shape

Each body is unique and stunningly gorgeous; the key is to understand which fits and styles flatter yours. Here is a rundown of our favorite necklines, from traditional to trendy.

What exactly is a crew neck?

Crew neck

Crew neck

This traditional style, also known as a round neck, will draw attention to your shoulders and face.

Crew necks are ideal for the following body types:

  • Broad shoulders
  • Long neck
  • Small to medium bust size

What should it be paired with?

This basic, simple neckline is not asking for much. Tiny earrings or a top with embroidered details will not be capable of competing with this vintage style.

What exactly is a boat neck?

boat neck

boat neck

By bringing attraction out of your shoulders, this broader neckline passes underneath the shoulder blade and can easily balance a fuller tummy.

Boat necks are ideal for the following body types:

  • Bust size: small to medium 
  • Pear body shape
  • Slim shoulders

What should it be paired with?

A boatneck provides the most coverage, which ranks number 2 only after a crew neck. Long, layered necklaces or an exciting, oversized necklace will add some interest.

What exactly is a button-up neckline?

button-up neckline

button-up neckline

This timeless neckline flatters all body shapes. Pick a more customized cut if you are slim or petite. To prevent puckering across the breast, opt for a looser fit in a waffle knit fabric if you are on the large-breasted side.

Button-up necklines look best on the following body types:

Bust size: small to medium 

Shoulders ranging from narrow to broad

Curvy, pear, and athletic body types

What should it be paired with?

Layer subtle necklaces with more manly button-ups. Balance the suppleness of a loose-fitting silk tunic or shirt style with a clumpy statement necklace.

What exactly is a halter neckline?

halter neckline

halter neckline

In general, halter necklines are ideal for emphasizing shoulders and bringing attention upward for a better balancing impact. This look is flattering on a variety of body types, but it is especially flattering on those with larger busts!

Halter necklines are ideal for the following body types:

Bust size: Medium to full 

Broad shoulders

Hourglass or straight waist

What should it be paired with?

With a halter neck, no necklace is required! Wear with a pair of drop or statement earrings, or keep it basic and let the spectacular neckline do the talking.

What exactly is a scoop neckline?

scoop neckline

scoop neckline

Basically, scoop necks are flattering on almost every body shape. This style’s deeper, broader neckline brings the attraction downward, elongating your neck and emphasizing your collarbone. Excellent!

Scoop necks are ideal for the following body types:

Bust size: small to large 

Body shapes such as petite, hourglass, pear, and athletic

Decolletage or a shorter neck

What should it be paired with?

Make your accessory selections based on the scoop’s line. Lightweight, layered necklaces or statement or drop earrings will not compete and may even add length.

What exactly is a V-neck?

V neckline

V neckline

A V-neck can be worn by anyone. The important factor in wearing this epic, flexible neckline is to select the depth of the V that is most appropriate for your breast size. Smaller busts should go for a less significant plunge, whereas bigger busts should go for a deeper V to lengthen and balance their shape. If your neck is relatively long, a cami underneath can help to balance it out.

V-necks are ideal for the following body types:

Bust size: small to large

Shapes such as curvy, athletic, apple, and petite

Shoulders ranging from narrow to broad

What should it be paired with?

Because the V-neck is such a flexible neckline, you could really get creative with your accessories. Simply wear a necklace that echoes the shape of the neckline, such as a statement piece that complements the appearance of the top.

What is the difference between an off-the-shoulder and a Bardot neckline?

Bardot neckline

Bardot neckline

In general, off-the-shoulder, also known as Bardot, is a classic neckline that’s having a point in time this year. It calls lots of attention to the shoulders, which is ideal for highlighting your collarbone and balancing a broader abdomen.

These body types look best in off-the-shoulder or Bardot necklines:

  • Bust size: small to medium
  • Shapes such as hourglass, petite, athletic, and pear
  • Shoulder blades that are too thin or too narrow

What should it be paired with?

A long pendant necklace will help extend your neck, whereas oversized or hoop statement earrings will definitely add a touch of glam, particularly if you are wearing your hair up in your classic top knot.

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