Published on May 16, 2019—  Leave a comment

The Most Flattering Types of Necklines You Need in Your Closet

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When it comes to women’s clothing, the sheer amount of choice we have is both a blessing and a curse. Especially since even something as minor as neckline styles (like crew neck, V-necks, and even off-shoulder!) can make a big impact on your entire look. That’s why we’ve whipped up this super helpful guide on the most flattering neckline types for shirts and dresses to shop for.

Classic Styles

1. Crew Neck


The standard crew neck style is also known as the jewel or round neckline (there’s just a small difference between the three). There is very little exposed skin which gives the illusion of a shorter neck and larger chest, which makes it perfect for women who’d like to draw attention away from a longer neck.

2. V-Neck


Offering the exact opposite effect of the crew neck style, a V-neck or plunging neckline lengthens the neck while drawing attention away from broad shoulders to delicate features like the collarbone and décolletage.

3. Scoop Neck


Featuring a wider plunge than the V-neck, the scoop neck top is universally flattering! You really can’t go wrong with this style as it highlights your most delicate features, like the collarbone and décolletage. Pair long-sleeve scoop neck top with high-waisted bottoms to really highlight your curves.

4. Cowl Neck


Offering more depth than the other neckline styles, a cowl neck top drapes down in layers which can add textural interest to your look. If you have a smaller bust, go for a cowl neck style that has more layers and volume to add more shape to your figure.

5. Boat Neck


Also known as a bateau neck or Sabrina neckline, a boat neck style typically runs horizontally across the collarbone. A favorite of Meghan Markle, this neckline style runs on the conservative side but still grabs attention through the clavicle-bearing cut. Perfect for elegant events, it draws the eyes up while making the waist look smaller.

6. Halter Neck


Our favorite summer neckline style, a halterneck top is great for slimming down broad shoulders and showing off your toned arms! Pick a backless halterneck style for a flirty date night top.

7. Turtleneck


For winter, nothing keeps us warm better than a turtleneck! The typical turtleneck style hits just below the chin and is great for balancing out longer faces and necks. A shorter version of the turtleneck would be the mock neck.

8. Collared

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Peterpan collar… pointed collar… we love adding tailored elements to our closet! A collared neckline flatters the neck without exposing too much skin.

9. Square Neck


Square away your curves (haha) with a square neck style! Unlike the V-neck, this neckline type flatters your collarbone without exposing too much skin or cleavage. Perfect for particularly busty women who want a more conservative and flirty option.

10. Sweetheart Neckline


Want to enhance your curves? You’ll fall in love with the sweetheart neckline! Extremely flattering on just about everybody. This style hits all the sweet spots when it comes to picking out and showing off your best features.

12. Surplice Neckline


Offering the same effect as a curve-enhancing wrap dress, a surplice style is a faux wrap design that creates a V-shaped neck to frame your delicate features.

Bare-Shoulder Styles

1. Strapless



For highlighting your upper torso, look no further than a strapless style. This neckline style will bring attention to all your features while broadening your shoulders.

2. One-shoulder


Love a little drama in your closet? The one-shoulder style is an instant statement! This neckline type offers all the perks of a strapless style, including the shoulder-broadening effect.

3. Off-the-Shoulder


If you’re not ready to take the strapless plunge, an off-shoulder silhouette may be your top choice. Sitting just along the collarbones, this style is a perennial summer trend so it’s always good to keep a couple of off-shoulder staples in your closet!

4. Cold-Shoulder


If you hate how strapless/off-shoulder tops tend to shift around but you love the flirty, romantic look, consider a cold-shoulder style. This style features shoulder straps and cut-outs to reveal a peek of the shoulders. The best part? It’s flattering on all body types!

When it comes to choosing the perfect top or dress, the little details matter! That’s why thredUP makes the hunt easier by letting you filter by style, neckline, and more until you find exactly what you want.

Love a specific neckline style? Tell us why in the comments below!