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The Best Neckline For Your Face and Body Shape

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Necklines come and go in popularity. One year the cowl is everywhere; the next, you see boat necks in every store. Knowing which shape flatters your silhouette can be a helpful tool when choosing tops and dresses. Below you will find some proportion tips to help you choose the best neckline for your face and body.

“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.” – Coco Chanel

Let’s start with your body shape. This post has been very popular, so I’ve updated it with fresh information and links.

Round or apple-shaped figureillustration of round body shape

The round or apple body shape is narrow on the top and bottom and 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 flattering for you because they elongate the look of your torso and draw attention to your face. Turtlenecks will make your bustline look larger.

Triangle body shapetriangle body shape illustration

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 because they draw the eye out toward your shoulder.

Inverted triangleinverted triangle body shape illustration

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-necks can be most flattering on you.

Rectangle body shaperectangle body shape illustration

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.

Hourglass figureshourglass body shape illustration of best neckline

The hourglass silhouette is balanced through the shoulders and hips with a well-defined waistline. Crew, scoop, boat, and V necklines are all flattering. Boxy tops are not your friend and make you appear larger than you are.

In addition to body shape, your neck length and face shape also plays a role in your most flattering necklines.

Examples of the best neckline for your face and body shape

Boat or bateau neckline

bateau neckline top
BATEAU NECKLINE TEE AVAILABLE IN 19 COLORS

These look great on women with long necks and faces because they draw the eye horizontally. They help widen the look of narrow shoulders and balance wide hips. Boat necks look great with oval and round faces. They are less flattering on wide shoulders.

MORE BOAT NECK TOPS

V-Neckline

v neck sweater
V-NECK ESSENTIAL SWEATER AVAILABLE IN 38 COLORS

These are universally flattering. They’re especially helpful for women with broad shoulders and short necks because they expose more of your dé·colle·tage, which helps draw the eye up toward your face. This neckline helps petite women look taller and adds visual balance to a pear figure.

Sweetheart neckline

sweatheart neckline sweater
RIBBED SWEATHEART CARDIGAN AVAILABLE IN 7 COLORS

This is almost universally flattering because it lengthens a short neck and 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.

Crewneck

CREWNECK SWEATER AVAILABLE IN 21 COLORS

Crewnecks draw attention to your face and neck. They can accentuate a large bustline, make your neck look shorter, and make your face appear rounder. The crewneck looks great on a narrow or angular face. They’re less flattering with broad shoulders.

Scoop neckline

athleta scoop neck top
SCOOP NECK TOP AVAILABLE IN 3 COLORS

A looser, more relaxed version of the crewneck. These elongate a short neck and help 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

blue cowl neck top
LONG SLEEVE COWLNECK AVAILABLE IN 9 COLORS

Cowlnecks flatter both large and small bustlines and work with most face shapes. Lighter-weight cowlnecks are the easiest to wear because bulky fabrics make your neck look shorter.

MORE COWLNECK TOPS

Turtleneck

loft turtleneck
COTTON BLEND TURTLENECK AVAILABLE IN 6 COLORS

These look great with a long neck and face. They accentuate the bustline. 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 to help balance your silhouette can be a great tool while shopping and save you a lot of time.

Do you have a favorite neckline? I’d love to hear which one and why in the comments.

Thanks for reading, and remember to wear what makes you feel confident!

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