Tips for a Flattering Dress Neckline

  • Heavy hips: Draw the eye up with details such as beading around the neckline. Be careful not to overdue it.
  • Full busted: Shop for off-the-shoulder portrait or v-neckline. Keep bodice simple with as few details as possible. Stay away from a high neck and low necklines heavy beading. Stick with a sweetheart or V neckline or off the shoulder.
  • Small bust: Look larger by adding delicate details and on-the-shoulder necklines and wear a Jewel neckline if you have narrow shoulders.
  • Broad shoulders: Stay away from necklines that are low and super size sleeves embellished with beads or lace. Stick with lighter beading and simple sleeves. Avoid halter necklines.

Neckline Definitions:

  • Bateau: (French for "boat"): extends straight from should to shoulder; covers collarbone; slight curve at front
  • Decolletage: Take a real fashion plunge with this deep and sometimes revealing V-neckline.
  • Halter: a plunging V-collar that hooks around back of the neck. Shoulders and back are bare.
  • Illusion: see through fabric such as tulle, netting or lace covers the neckline and shoulders to the bust.
  • Jewel: A high, rounded neckline that falls just at the base of your neck
  • Portrait: a neckline fabric frames the shoulders but leaves them bare. Often gathered in the center above the bust line and embellished with a decorative detail.
  • Queen Anne: A heart-shaped or sweetheart shape in front. High collar stands in back.
  • Sabrina: Follows the contour of the collarbone from shoulder to shoulder like the bateau, but starts further in from the shoulder so the opening is narrower.
  • Scoop: a low curved neckline cut deep in front, back or both. Can be low in front. Very flattering for full figured women and teens.
  • Strapless: A strapless bodice has no sleeves at all.
  • Square: takes it’s name from the shape of a half-square cutout right at the neckline.
  • Sweetheart: heart-shaped at the bust line.
  • Wedding Band Collar: High-necked, fitted, standing collar
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