What are necklines? The neckline is the top edge of a garment that surrounds the neck, especially from the front view. Neckline also refers to the overall line between all the layers of clothing and the neck and shoulders of a person, ignoring the unseen undergarments”- quotes Wikipedia.
The neckline is primarily a style line for each garment worn above the waist and maybe a boundary for further shaping of a garment’s upper edge with, for example, a collar, cowl, darts, or pleats. The shoulders, neck, and face can be framed by the neckline, and their apparent width, height, and angularity can be modified. It is usually recommended that the form of the neckline be selected to balance the natural features of the wearer. A face with circular curves is thus well-framed by an angular (linear) neckline and collar, while curves are softened by an angular face. Similarly, necklines with deep vertical (or almost vertical) lines, like a plunging V neckline, would appear lengthened by a short neck and face.
Here are a selected few types of necklines:
Polo necks (circular) – The neck itself is wrapped around it. They’re sometimes called turtlenecks.
Necklines for jewels (circular) – Pass on all sides around the base of the neck. The T-shirt neckline is often referred to.
Scoop neckline (curved, concave up) – The shape of the U is bent, where the limbs of the U cross over the shoulders. Scoop necklines, depending on the depth of the U, maybe demure or plunging.
Boat necklines (one edge, nearly linear) – These necklines have a large gap, but move almost horizontally across the figure. They are also called Bateau or Sabrina necklines.
Off-the-shoulder necklines (one edge, nearly linear) – They are similar to boat necklines in that they normally cut almost horizontally, but slightly lower, below the shoulders and collar bone, around the figure. This neckline normally passes over the arms but which pass under the arms in the strapless neckline. These accentuate the wearer’s shoulders and neck.
One-shoulder necklines (one edge, nearly linear) – Asymmetrical linear necklines that diagonally cut across the torso, typically from one shoulder to under the other arm.
Halter necklines (linear, side edges converge on the neck) – A high neck features deep, raglan-type armholes or two body braces that intersect at the back of the neck. In both instances, they form diagonal lines from the sides that converge inward to the neck. While many shoulder necklines show a lot, their convergence makes the shoulders look smaller. Halter necklines may have a horizontal bottom edge, or they can meet in a V with two side edges.
V necklines (2-4 linear edges, side edges diverge) – Two diagonal lines from the shoulder that intersect at the chest are styled. Depending on the width of the V, these necklines may be demure or plunging. A fun alternative is the supplicate variant of this neckline (known as a portrait neckline)which is a small bottom edge, truncated by a small bottom edge, forming a trapezoid.
Square neckline (linear side edges neither converge nor diverge) – Three linear edges are defined, with the bottom edge meets the side edges at right angles. Horizontally, the bottom edge slices through the figure, and the side edges run across the shoulders. The slot neckline, in which the side edges are very similar (roughly the width of the collar-bone points), is a special case of this, creating a narrow slot.
Sweetheart necklines (side edges linear, curved bottom edge concave down) – It has a curved bottom edge that is concave and typically double-scalloped to mimic a heart’s top half. Sometimes, similar to halter necklines, the side edges converge on the neck. To accentuate the bosom, sweetheart necklines are cool.
Keyhole Necklines –They are similar to halter necklines, except in front of the neck the converging diagonal lines cross, forming a “keyhole” More commonly, a neckline that has a central opening, generally just below the bones of the collar. Such necklines are infrequently seen.
Here are a few that you can check out the necklines from the store