Décolletage rules: How to Choose the Right Necklines for You

14 January, 2021

When it comes to picking an outfit, the neckline will make a vast difference between a flattering look and one that accentuates your not-so-perfect parts. Every woman is different and has unique facial features and body shape. So knowing what works for you is key to ace that ideal look. Here is a mini-guide to help you determine which types of necklines will be the most flattering for your top half:

Sweetheart neckline

This neckline forms two curves like heart shape at the bust line. These rise over the underarms and reach high over the chest. It has a retro aesthetic but with a modern spirit as it enhances the bust and rounds it. It became fashionable in the 60s and made a comeback in the 80s.

Why it works:

Creates the illusion of slimmer shoulders and neckline, and it enhances the bust in the right places.

Best suited for:

  1. Women of regular and fuller sized breasts. Women with short chin and neck.
  2. Petite women with a small bust and narrow shoulders can enhance their curves.

Square Neckline

It may surprise you, but a square neckline on a voluptuous bust will enhance and highlight curves without adding unnecessary volume. It will give you a sophisticated look, especially if you go for solid colour garments without prints.

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Why it works:

Creates the illusion of slimmer shoulders and neckline, and it enhances the bust in the right places.

Best suited for:

  1. Women of regular and fuller sized breasts. Women with short chin and neck.
  2. Petite women with a small bust and narrow shoulders can enhance their curves.

Scoop neckline

This style can be worn by almost any silhouette. As Ashley Graham has shown, you can be sexy without worrying about your size. Like her, focus on your cleavage with a rounded top that is not too low.

Why it works

It helps create curves, and can give the illusion of a longer neck. It’s super favourable for women carrying a bit of fat under the chin.

Best suited for:

  1. Shorter necks and long face.
  2. Women with narrow shoulders.
  3. Ideal for hourglass shape as it balances the upper and lower body.
  4. Women with small bust: it can make the bust look fuller if you’re less gifted in that department.

V-neckline


The V neckline enhances the shape of the body and elongates the silhouette. It’s one of the most versatile necklines as it for most types of women no matter their height and size. Usually, women with a small chest can wear the low-cut V while maintaining their elegance.

Why it works

Ideal to create a balanced look. It draws the eye upward, and it elongates the neck and body.

Best suited for:

  1. Women with broad shoulders, thick torsos, or short necks.
  2. Great for full-figured women as it draws flattering vertical lines that create balance.
  3. Beware of going too low with a V neck; large breasts could look saggy.

Halter neck

This style is usually tied around the neck, forming two triangles. Remember the dress Marilyn Monroe wore in that famous flying skirt scene? That is one of the most classic examples.

Why it works:

The triangle shapes of the neckline are super elongating. It’s great for showcasing shoulders and drawing the eye upward, creating a balancing effect.

Best suited for:

  1. Tall to average height women.
  2. Hourglass figures with medium to full busts.
  3. Broad shoulders (inverted triangle silhouettes).
  4. Athletic body types (particularly broad back), as it adds curves and femininity to the silhouette.

‘Off the Shoulders’ or ‘Bardot’

The off-shoulder neckline is a wide-open neckline exposing the shoulders. It’s also called Bardot neckline as Brigitte Bardot made the style very popular in the 50s.

Why it works:

This neckline adds volume and creates a horizontal line on the female figure. Sleeved versions are great for concealing arms and elongating the neck.

Best suited for:

  1. Small bust as it enhances chest and shoulders, including petite.
  2. Pear-shaped women.
  3. Droopy shoulders.
  4. Avoid if you have a full bust or broad shoulders and/or back

Asymmetrical neckline

Asymmetrical necklines are super trendy this 2020. It’s a neckline that that is cut differently on one side in respect to the other.

Why it works:

It creates the illusion of cleavage by generating an optical effect that draws the eye to the entire silhouette instead of directing it to one place. Harmonizes waist and hips.

Best suited for:

  1. Voluptuous women
  2. Small chests
  3. All types of shoulders.
  4. Rectangular bodies as they add lines that optically enhance the silhouette.
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Comments
Chandana;
6 October, 2021
Guys , I'm confused of my own body shape. I have shoulders wider than my hips and bust smaller than my waist. What could be my possible body shape and how am I supposed to style it?
Lookiero Team;
6 October, 2021
Hi Chandana, Many thanks for your comment. Just don't hesitate to create a Lookiero profile and our Personal Shopper will find the perfect pieces for you. You will also get many inspirations on how to wear and combine the items.

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