Necklines are arguably the most important thing to consider when picking a new piece, as they draw attention up to your face and can really determine whether something is flattering or not. A chic blouse is the perfect piece to invest in since it will last you through autumn and even into winter, and can be layered with other pieces. However, with so many dreamy tops and blouses out there right now, it can be hard to know where to start. It helps to get acquainted with the necklines that have stood the test of time so you can pick one that suits your personal style. Have a scroll through the five most popular necklines.
Style Notes: V-necks look great on those with a fuller bust. Opt for a piece that is fitted underneath the bra base to give definition to your waist. This look is also super flattering for those with smaller bra sizes, and a looser style will look great with a lacy bralette peaking through.
Style Notes: Try a chunky knit roll-neck in a cropped version to help balance the heaviness of the fabric. For the perfect weekend look, pair with high-waisted jeans and loafers.
Style Notes: A true American classic, the crew-neck was popularized with the creation of the cotton T-shirt, whose present-day incarnation has roots in '50s casual menswear. The crew-neck is a trend for everyone, and it looks chic paired with a bright skirt and playful accessories, as demonstrated by Camille Charrière. A more fitted crew-neck will be the most flattering, but if a boxier men's cut is more your taste, try tucking your crew-neck in to help accentuate your waist.
Style Notes: The sweetheart neckline was made popular in the '40s and '50s, and it's one of the most flattering necklines of all time. It provides an attractive décolletage and can be found in halter versions or with sleeves. If you're looking for a modern version of this neckline, try a playful pattern like Celeste, and pair it with high-waisted trousers or a skirt. Hello, holiday hero.
Style Notes: Highly popularized in the '50s by Hollywood icons like Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot, the boatneck style is equally as chic on an elegant dress or a structured top as it is on a Breton jersey. A boatneck will slim your shoulders and elongate your neck, plus it's Meghan Markle's signature neckline.
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