Neckline is an important thing to consider in the world of fashion. Whether it’s a tee shirt, chic blouse, or even dress, this small part of the garment can radically alter your whole appearance, and greatly affects how flattering a top or dress will be, regardless of accessories. For plus size women, whether you’re on a date, at the office, or just brunching with friends, there are dozens of different necklines that can change the way your bust, neck and face areas look, giving the best to the way you look.
The neckline you choose – the shape or cut of the neck opening, including collar or trim – can make or break the way you look, even if the rest of the top or dress is great. So, when you’re looking for your great staple dress or top, pay attention to what kind of neckline will be most flattering for your body (it’s one of the simplest ways to highlight your assets). For example, if you are considered plus size, some women who have a wide neck wouldn’t want to wear something that will make the neck look thicker, nor would a woman with a small face want to create a disproportioned look from top to bottom.
To choose the right neckline for plus size tops and dresses, consider five key areas of your upper body which include your body shape (whether it’s apple or top heavy, pear or bottom heavy, or hourglass); size of your bust (whether it’s small, average, or large); shape of your face (whether it’s square, oval, round, etc.); type of your shoulder (whether it’s narrow or broad shoulder); and type of your neck (whether it’s long, short, or thick)
Although I personally think all women can wear whatever clothes they want to wear, regardless of necklines and body shape, please check out these easy tips for general fashion ideas, and take a look at this quick breakdown of necklines and which shapes they are best suited for.
Asymmetrical (One Shoulder) Neckline
Looking fashionable and chic, an asymmetrical or one-shoulder neckline could help draw the eyes up and away from middle and bottom areas (such as round tummy, thick thigh and wide hip). If you have broad shoulder, this neckline is also a great choice to create the illusion of narrow shoulder. An asymmetrical neckline generally does not affect the shape of the face so all women are free to wear this neckline.
Also well-known as Bateau Neck, the boatneck is great for offsetting wide hips, and creates a beautiful modern look that really shows off a slim neck and shoulders. Although it can make a shorter or thicker neck look wider, but I believe even women with thick neck and shoulder can sport this neckline and still look incredibly fabulous. Plus, boatneck is also a good choice for women with a larger tummy or bust because it draws the eye up to the neck. Take a look at pictures below for more fashion ideas.
Bardot (Off Shoulder) Neckline
Although it’s similar to boatneck, both Bardot and off-shoulder necklines are wider and generally sit just off the shoulders – or anywhere from just at, even below the shoulders. These styles are so flattering and super versatile, great for all body types – hourglass, pear, apple and rectangle shapes, as well as for women with a larger and smaller bust. This neckline flatters women with a wider neck, looks great to accentuate narrow shoulder, and can beautifully show off a nice collar and shoulder area.
Strapless or Bandeau Neckline
The strapless or bandeau neckline suits women of all shapes and sizes, and it is a great way to show off beautiful shoulders and neck. However, because this neckline offers less support around bust area, if you are a busted woman, make sure you wear best supportive undergarment. The right undergarment including underwire strapless bras, corsets, bandeaus, stick-on cups can make or break an outfit. Basically, the bra must be well-constructed with full coverage and firm control but must also be comfortable. Learn “Choosing the Right Bra for Every Type of Outfit and Occasion” for tips and ideas.
Cowl or Draped Neckline
Creating the effect of vertical line, a cowl and draped neckline can add dimension to a small chest yet can magically downplay the well-endowed. Women with a smaller bust and wider hips will benefit from this style because the neckline can create a balanced and proportioned look. Apple, hourglass and pear body shapes will even out their bodies from top to bottom. As for women with a larger bust, because a cowl neck drapes down to the bust and adds some shape and volume to the bustline, busted ladies could opt for a top or dress that feature less or moderate extra fabric on the neck area – above the bustline, similar to turtleneck – to avoid the bulky look around the chest