The Best Neckline for Every Upper-Body Type
All scoops are not created equal
Every body type is different. Some of us carry weight in our arms; some in our boobs; some in that weird pocket outside our bra strap. So we’re constantly in search of the perfect tops to minimize our woes while drawing attention to our goods. Here, we’ve compiled the appropriate necklines each of us should be on the lookout for.
IF YOU HAVE BIG BOOBS, TRY A SCOOP NECK
Well-endowed ladies already know the struggles of a V-neck. But you don’t have to go all 180 with a turtleneck or something. In fact, too much fabric can also be a bad thing, visually. The middle ground: a tasteful scoop that shows a little décolletage while still helping you feel comfortable.
Get the look: Old Navy tank ($9)
IF YOU HAVE SMALL BOOBS, TRY A BOWTIE NECK
For gals on the other end of the spectrum, you’ll want to add volume up top. One easy way is to find blouses and dresses with a pussybow neckline. You’ll be flattered and on trend all at the same time.
Get the look: Soprano dress ($48)
IF YOU HAVE ATHLETIC SHOULDERS, TRY A BUTTON-FRONT
Those of us with broad backs might have a hard time feeling feminine--especially in fitted tops. Go for a looser silhouette, like a buttoned shirtdress. It’ll drape nicely over your shoulders and create a lean look all the way to your waist.
Get the look: J.Crew dress ($118)
IF YOU HAVE NARROW SHOULDERS, TRY A HIGH-NECK TOP
These little numbers are popping up everywhere and are great for elongating a slight torso (especially if it’s atop pear-shaped hips). Bonus points for any high-neck tops whose sleeves angle upward. The more shoulder you can show, the better.
Get the look: NBD dress ($178)
IF YOU HAVE FULL ARMS, TRY A SLIGHT V-NECK
So, you’re pretty average in the boob and shoulder department, but feel like your arms could use some love? When covering up soft areas, make sure to add some structure elsewhere. An interesting notched v-neck, for example, will draw attention to your middle (and rake in the compliments).
Get the look: Charlotte Russe dress ($19)