The Best Neckline For Your Body Type

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Just as the right haircut can perfectly accentuate your face shape, wearing the most flattering neckline for your body type will help you look your best with minimal effort. Whether you’re looking to downplay features you’re less than enthused about or hope to emphasize your best assets, these are the shirt styles you should be shopping for (and wearing). Here’s how to find the most flattering necklines for your body type.

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1. Big Boobs: Scoop Neck

Most well-endowed women will tell you that V-necks and other deep-cut tops are not their friend, but that doesn’t mean you need to do a full 180-degree flip and stick solely to turtlenecks and crewnecks. A curved scoop will show off just the right amount of décolletage while still making you (and the girls) feel comfortable.

Shop similar styles: BP ($19); Free People ($48); Eileen Fisher ($78); Vince ($225)

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2. Short Torso: V-neck

The goal here is to lengthen your upper half as much as possible and the best way to do that is with a top that draws the eye along your vertical axis. Basically, you want to pull everything in and down, a feat that’s best handled with an elegant V.

Shop similar styles: Madewell ($19); J.Crew ($30; $25); Pisces ($51; $36); ASTR the Label ($65; $39)

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3. Long Torso: Boat Or Square Neck

Those with a long torso will want to do the exact opposite of their friends with short torsos, i.e., draw the eye out and up to create the illusion of less length. Boatneck styles à la Meghan Markle’s wedding gown are your best bet. Similar in effect is the square neck, which, lucky for you, is majorly trending in 2020. You can even go further with an off-the-shoulder style to really bring attention to your stunning collarbone.

Shop similar styles: Leith ($39; $24); 1901 ($39); Eloquii ($45); Scotch & Soda ($115)

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4. Broad Shoulders: Halter Or V-neck

Both halters and V-necks help to draw the eye inward, a bonus if you’re hoping to minimize wide shoulders. However, if you’re not a fan of the deep plunge and don’t want to deal with wearing a strapless bra under your halter, you can look for crewneck tops with added interest at the neckline, like a mini ruffle or a Peter Pan collar. Just be sure that the shoulders aren’t overly structured (they should gently skim over your arms) and don’t feature prominent seams.

Shop similar styles: Gibson x Glam The Motherchic ($59; $36) Chelsea28 ($69); Ted Baker London ($149); Cynthia Rowley ($295)

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McKenzie Cordell

5. Small Boobs: Crewneck Or Pussy Bow

If you want to add some volume to your bosom, look for fun oversize detailing like a bow, ruched front or cowl-neck. Graphic prints can also add shape or detail. But if you’re a minimalist, opt for a classic crewneck. Because crewneck tops cover your whole torso, they generally work to emphasize or enhance your natural features, which in this case is important because it can actually help create the illusion of a larger bust.

Shop similar styles: Lucky Brand ($60; $36); Halogen ($39); Eri + Ali ($118); Rebecca Taylor ($325)

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