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How to Choose a Flattering Neckline

 

The right neckline on your top or dress will flatter you from the bust upwards, and draw attention to your face. It will make your neck appear longer and more slender. In most cultures a long, slender neck is recognised as an attractive part of the female body, and some go to great lengths to attain this. (Pardon my pun)

 

 

Without being this drastic, it’s not too difficult to enhance your neck by choosing the right neckline for your body shape and bust size. If you’re not sure of your body shape, please see my previous blog.

 

There are so many necklines and different ones come in and go out of fashion almost as regularly as the ocean tide.

 

Here’s a diagram showing the most popular necklines followed by my guide on what you should choose based on your body shape. I suggest you ‘pin’, save or print this so it’s always handy:

 

Hourglass / Small Bust:  

 

You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Hourglass/Large Bust: 

 

You can wear straight across strapless (look for boning for extra support) scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat) , square, halter, spaghetti  strap (boning again), halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Triangle/Small Bust: 

 

You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Triangle/Large Bust:

 

 You can wear straight across strapless (look for boning), scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter,  sabrina, spaghetti strap (with boning), halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Inverted Triangle/Small Bust:

 

 You can wear  scoop, V-neck,  jewel, square, halter, high neck, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Inverted Triangle/Large Bust: 

 

You can wear  scoop, V-neck, square, halter, high neck, halter strap, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Oval/Small Bust: 

 

You can wear scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square,  asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Oval/Large Bust: 

 

You can wear scoop, V-neck,  square, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Rectangle/Small Bust: 

 

You can wear sweetheart strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), jewel, square, halter, high neck, sabrina, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

 

Rectangle/Large Bust: 

 

You can wear straight across strapless, scoop, V-neck, off-shoulder, bateau (boat), square, halter, spaghetti strap, halter strap, asymmetric, queen Anne and illusion.

And to help accessorise your perfect neckline, choose a matching or complementary necklace, using this handy guide:

 

 

So, by following my guidelines, in three simple steps – 1. determine your body shape and bust size 2. Choose a flattering neckline and 3. Choose an appropriate accessory – you should be able to visually elongate and flatter your neck and decollage without having to resort to this!

 

If you would like to know more, follow me on Facebook or  contact me via my website.

I am available for workshops, public speaking, wardrobe audits and personal shopping styling sessions, based in Perth, Western Australia.

 

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