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6 Styles of Flattering Necklines

Necklines are the most important things to consider when choosing a new outfit, as they draw attention up to your face and can determine whether the outfit is flattering or not.

Just like the waistline, the style of neckline is a defining factor when it comes to the overall look and feel of your outfit.

Different necklines defines the outfit, whether the outfit is formal or casual, playful, or sophisticated and stylish.

Factors to consider when choosing the neckline of your outfit include body shape, bust size and concealing chest line. Also take into account size of shoulder, length and thickness of neck, and face shape.

To help you decide on your choice of neckline with ease and confidence read on. This guide will tell you all you need to know about choosing the best neckline for you.

Strapless Styles – Makes a perfect neckline for those with narrow shoulders a slim arms. It will highlight your entire upper body area and is perfect for those who like to show off their collarbone and neck.

Strapless necklines are not recommended for those who are small breasted. But work well with firm breasts.  Women with a broad shoulder line should be mindful of this neckline because of its widening effect on the shoulder.

If you choose this neckline, be prepared for its minimal support. Wear a good strapless bra that provides firm support.

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Round Neck Style – The round neckline is also known as a necklace neckline, and is sometimes called a scoop neck. This design follows the natural contour of the base of the neck, and is generally a gentle curve.

Round necklines are best for small to medium bust, Long neck and wide shoulders.

This simple neckline is great for anyone who has a long and thin neck because of its shortening and widening effect.

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Boatneck Style – Boat neck neckline styles Are used more to create feminine designs. Outfits with this neckline rest from the shoulders and have a wide opening for the neckline that hangs just a bit in the front and back in a kind of bowed shape.

Boat neckline outfit is a very elegant garment style that uses the larger volume of fabric to help the wearer look smaller and more petite. The boat neckline sits much closer to the neck, creating a sense of volume and bulk, and drawing attention to the neck.

The boat neckline style is good for any bust size but works well with small bust since its shape creates the illusion of a bigger bust.

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Illusion Neckline – The illusion neckline also known as sweetheart neckline is something of an on trend feature at the moment. It is stunning neckline, appropriately demure, yet hinting at being revealing. Illusion necklines are an alternative to the strapless style.

Illusion necklines are limitless when it comes to style. They instantly transform the dress or gown’s look to a more romantic and vintage feel by adding a lace to the neckline. The illusion neckline is widely used for wedding dresses and gowns.

It is a popular neckline because of its ability to be universally flattering. For busty women it enhances your natural curves, while for smaller assets the heart shape line creates the illusion of a larger bust.

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Halter Neckline – This style is where an outfits neck runs from the front of the garment around the back of the neck, and leaves most of the back uncovered. Halter necklines are great for showcasing shoulders and drawing the eye upward, creating a balancing effect.

Halter neckline styles also help to balance petite women who have broad shoulders because it helps to portion their halves with their bottom halves.

This necklines will not work for bustier women with bulkier arms, because it will create more volume in the top, visually making you look wider than you actually are.

Bardot Neckline – or off the shoulder neckline. This neckline is elegantly flattering, and instantly makes you stand taller, with your shoulders back. Off the shoulder showcases the sexiest of areas, the collarbone, shoulders and back.

Off the shoulder dresses can be worn anytime of the day with the right accessories, and make you look chic and dramatic at the same time (in a good way!).

The off the shoulder style should be avoided if you have a heavy bust and muscular shoulders, as it will accentuate them. In this case choose dress with one-shoulder necklines for the added dramatic effect.

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Lastly, you should consider looking at your shoulders, as these provide the frame to your neckline, so you want to be careful when choosing your necklines. For example, if you have broad shoulders you want to avoid any styles that make your shoulders look broader. If this is you, it would be better to stay with bardot or boat necklines. If you have sloping shoulders, you Can avoid drawing attention to them by staying away from strapless or halter neck necklines. Try choosing Bardot or boat neckline styles, which will make your shoulders look more horizontal.