Jabot, Sabrina, and Queen Anne might sound a bit too complicated even for dedicated fashionistas, but most of us are at least passing familiar with terms like crew-neck, halter, or off-the-shoulder.
When choosing your outfit, or your accessories, it’s smart to consider the neckline. So here’s a few factors you can look at to figure out what’s best for your style.
Your Body Shape
Sign up to our Style Club Mailing List for your in-depth guide, so you can figure out which body type description fits you – just remember it’s a general guide not precise science! Once you have an idea, you can look at the necklines that work well with your body type.
- Pear – wear necklines that accentuate your shoulders; sweetheart, scoop neck, plunging or strapless, or anything detailed and interesting up here.
- Strawberry – try a gentle scoop neck, but avoid spaghetti strap,boatline, or too much fuss; the goal is to soften the shoulders and balance from the hips down.
- Rectangle – scoop, sweetheart and cowl necks create the illusion of curves, and you can rock a halter or asymmetrical neck.
- Apple – v neck, strapless and deep plunge necklines will elongate the torso and flatter your curves.
- Hourglass – pretty much anything goes! If you want to slim down the bust, try a v neck or sweetheart neckline; asymmetrical and halter will also look great on you.
It seems obvious, but yes, your actual neck shape will also play a role in what looks good on you when choosing an outfit. The shape of your neck is defined by its length and width. Knowing your neck will not only help you get your neckline right, but also factor into how best to wear necklaces, earrings, and scarves.
For example, if you’ve got a short, wide neck; it’s best to avoid fuss and excessive detail up there, or high wide necklines that will make your neck look thicker. But plunging necklines like a v, or open necklines like a scoop neck will elongate and balance your look.
Many of us struggle a bit with the oul double chin and the guide for this is pretty similar – avoid drawing attention with turtle necks or even crew necks that finish just below the chin… it can look like you’re kind of underlining it for emphasis. Draw focus downwards with a good open space in a deep v or scoop neck, or try a halter.
If you’re the opposite of this, with a long thin neck, then all the fuss and detail you want can pile up around this area – you can go for high standing collars, ruffles, rolls or even neckties. Keep the neckline high and intricate, unless you have a large bust, in which case you can go deep and it should all balance out anyway!
If this all seems a little complicated on paper, just pop into Redlane (or call us on the phone) and our professional stylists can advise you in person.