One of the major significant elements to set off a top-notch outfit is the neckline. The neckline of a garment has the ability to show off the neck and the chest area, or cover the neck in regal elegance.
The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. Neckline also refers to the overall line between all the layers of clothing and the neck and shoulders of a person, ignoring the unseen garments.
For each item of clothing worn above the waist, the neckline is primarily a style line and may be a boundary for further shaping of the upper edge of a garment with, for example, a collar, cowl, darts or pleats.
One of the most popular and attractive necklines? The V-neck!
V-neck collars have 2 to 4 linear edges that are formed by two diagonal lines from the shoulders that meet on the chest, creating a V shape. The depth of the V can vary, ranging from demure styles to plunging. The surplice version of the V-neck (known as the portrait neckline) is an alternative. The V may also be truncated by a small bottom edge, forming a trapezoid.
V-Neck Fun Fact: The V-Neck originates from the middle east.
In addition to the showing of cleavage that the V-neck provides, the V-neck also allows for a great backdrop for a nice necklace. I feel by far that a tight neck choker is the best jewelry to highlight a V-neck garment. However, if you do prefer a longer necklace, keep the jewelry short enough that the piece dangles on the open chest area. Although long necklaces can be worn with V-necks, they don’t accent the open chest area quite the same way as a shorter necklace.
In addition to the V-neck, other types of necklines that make fashion statements are:
- Polo Neck/Turtlenecks – High, close-fitting collars that wrap around the neck.
- Jewel Neckline/Crew Neck – A round neckline that sits at the base of the throat.
- Scoop Neck – A curved, concave neck.
- Square Neck – Three linear edges, where the bottom edge meets the side edges at right angles. The bottom edge cuts across the figure horizontally and the side edges pass over the shoulders.
- Deep/Plunging Neckline – An extremely low neckline, in either a V, U or square shape, that reveals various amounts of cleavage. Some extend open all the way to the natural waistline. Think Jennifer Lopez!
- Boat Neck – A high, wide and slightly curved neckline that passes past the collar bone and hangs on both shoulders.
- Off-the-Shoulder: One edge, nearly linear. The neckline hangs off one shoulder.
V-neck garments look great in dresses, blouses and T-shirts. The open, sexy, pointed neckline provides the wearer with both class and comfort.
The size and length of the V-neck can vary as much as your fashion tastes vary. Are you on the modest side or going to the office? A higher V-neck works great and looks spectacular under an open blazer. Ready for a risqué night on the town? Knock that V-neck down to the waist with feminine, dainty fashion taste.
“I’m not sure what neckline will look good on me?”
“With your diva beauty you’ll be a hit with whatever neck will be.”
“I’m in the mood for comfort and class, yet I also want to shine.”
“Then go with a daring V-neck. The plunging neck will look divine.”
“With an open neck and peek-a-boo cleavage people may stare at me.”
“Carry yourself with style and pride. A fashion queen for all to see!”
V-Neck: A popular neckline to shimmer and shine!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846