The Most Flattering Neckline for Every Body Type

Sabrina Paparella

Necklines can make or break a new blouse or dress, and it’s easy to underestimate how much of an impact they have in changing an outfit’s overall look. V-necks, for instance, have a cool, slouchy feel that can keep an outfit casual, while a collared polo neck tends to add a preppy vibe. We can use different types of necklines to craft different types of looks, but when it comes to the best neckline for flattering a variety of body types, there is one that stands out head and shoulders above the rest.

We went to the experts to discover the definitive answer. Here’s what Britt McCamey, Honey Artists stylist, had to say: “Everyone has always said that round necklines are the most versatile and suit everyone, however, I completely disagree. Boatnecks! Chic and fitted, a boatneck will slim, widen, and extend narrower shoulders, extend your neck, and make you look more angular.”

Boatnecks are inherently graceful, and remind us of Audrey Hepburn’s signature gamine style. Equally chic on a slouchy jersey tee as they are on a more formal item, this neckline graze the collarbone and emphasises the shoulders. Plus, if off-the-shoulder creates too much of a problem when finding the right bra for the job, this is your easiest way to tap into the trend. 

Keep reading for some of our favourite pieces that feature boatnecks.

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