A Guide To Your Most Flattering Necklines

The right neckline can make a statement, create a balanced silhouette and set the stage for amazing accessories. The bottom line is that your top line really matters. Find out which style was made for you.

Here’s our simple approach to the best necklines for your body type!

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Select a Style that Works Best for Your Body Type

Every body is beautifully different—the key is to know which styles and fits look best on yours. Here’s a breakdown of our favorite necklines—from classic to trend-forward.

Stitch Fix Women's red crew neck t-shirt.

What’s a crew neck?

Also called a round neck, this classic style will accentuate your face and shoulders.

Crew necks are best for these body types:

  • Small to medium bust
  • Long neck
  • Wide shoulders

What should you wear it with?

This simple neckline doesn’t demand much. Small earrings or a top with embellished details won’t compete with this classic look.

Stitch Fix Women's grey boatneck pullover.

What’s a boat neck?

This wider neckline passes just below the collarbone and can balance a fuller midsection by drawing the eye out to your shoulders.

Boat necks are best for these body types:

  • Small to medium bust
  • Pear shapes
  • Slender shoulders

What should you wear it with?

Second only to a crew neck, a boatneck offers the most coverage. Create a little interest with long, layered necklaces or a fun, oversized pendant.

Stitch Fix Women's white button-up shirt with blue stripes.

What’s a button-up neckline?

This classic neckline can work for all body types. If you’re petite or slender, choose a more tailored cut. If you’re on the busty side, choose a looser fit in a drapey fabric to avoid gaping across the chest.

Button up necklines are best for these body types:

  • Small to medium bust
  • Small to wide shoulders
  • Athletic, pear and curvy shapes

What should you wear it with?

Balance more masculine button-ups with delicate, layered necklaces. If you choose a loose-fitting silk shirt or tunic style, balance the softness with a chunky, statement necklace.

Stitch Fix Women's orange halter tank.

What is a halter neckline?

Halter necklines are great for showcasing shoulders and drawing the eye upward, creating a balancing effect. This style can work for many body types, but it’s  perfect if you have a fuller bust!

Halter necklines are best for these body types:

  • Medium to full bust
  • Wide shoulders
  • Straight or hourglass midsection

What should you wear it with?

No necklace necessary with a halter neck! Pair with a pair of statement or drop earrings, or keep it simple and let the dramatic neckline speak for itself.

Stitch Fix Women's blue active scoop neck tee.

What’s a scoop neck?

Scoop necks are a friend to almost all body types! This deeper, wider neckline style will draw the eye downward, lengthening your neck and accentuating your collarbone. Très bon!

Scoop necks are best for these body types:

  • Small to large bust
  • Athletic, pear, hourglass and petite shapes
  • Shorter neck or decolletage

What should you wear it with?

Use the line of the scoop to inspire your accessory choices. Light, layered necklaces or drop earrings won’t compete and can even create a lengthening effect.

Stitch Fix Women's green v-neck blouse.

What’s a V-neck?

Everybody can look great in a V-neck. The key to wearing this classic, versatile neckline is to choose the depth of the V that best fits your bust size. Smaller busts should choose a less dramatic plunge while larger busts should reach for a deeper V to elongate and balance their silhouette. If your neck is already quite long, you may want to add a cami underneath for a balancing effect.

V-necks are best for these body types:

  • Small to large bust
  • Petite, apple, athletic and curvy shapes
  • Small to wide shoulders

What should you wear it with?

The V-neck is such a versatile neckline, you can have fun with your accessories. Wear a necklace that mirrors the shape of the neckline, like a statement piece that reflects the look of the top.

Stitch Fix Women's purple floral off-the-shoulder top.

What’s an off-the-shoulder or Bardot neck?

Off-the-shoulder, also called Bardot, is an iconic neckline that’s having a moment in the sun this year. It draws the eye to the shoulders, perfect for showcasing your collar bone and balancing a fuller mid-section.

Bardot or off-the-shoulder necklines are best for these body types:

  • Small to medium bust
  • Pear, athletic, petite and hourglass shapes
  • Slender or narrow shoulders

What should you wear it with?

A long pendant necklace will create a lengthening effect while oversized hoop or statement earrings add some panache—especially if your hair is short or you’re wearing it up in your signature top knot.

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