Shopping is easier if you are aware of the different necklines and which ones are most flattering on you. Here is a check list and tips on what jewelry to wear with.
Keep in mind that these are general guidelines and not absolute: If you one day look fabulous in a never before flattering boat neck, it might just be a slight different in the cut, a different fabric, or even your new haircut. But this is a good check list for what to mainly look for when buying tops and dresses.
Crew neck is a classic. The round neckline works well if you have small/medium bust, wider shoulders or long neck. If you have a larger bust but really-really want this crew neck top, try elongating your upper part with a long solid necklace. That will break it up and make you less top heavy.
V-neck is probably the most versatile neckline (and it's great for showing off your necklaces!). Everyone looks good in a V if you just know how deep it should go to balance the bust. The deep and wide V-necks are very flattering if you're on the bigger side on top. If you have a small bust, you can successfully wear a shallow V and maybe highlight a petite short necklace. If you have a long neck, try a small V neckline so you don't make it longer, or if you have a plunging V you really like: Add a cami underneath to make it look less deep.
Boat neck is a wide neckline that draws attention to your shoulders and are flattering for a small to medium bust, and slender shoulders. This is a great neckline if you want to create an effect of wider shoulders, a full bust or to balance out your mid area. Boat necks look with a lot of jewelry, but if you want a clean simple look, go for mini earrings.
Scoop neck is a deeper half moon neckline and has one basic rule that almost always work – go opposite from your proportions, meaning: Wide shoulders, narrow scoop. Narrow shoulders, wide scoop. Easy!
Off the shoulder is a very popular trend and here's why: It balances out wide hips and makes narrow shoulders look wider. An even easier to wear option of off the shoulder, is the open shoulder. Basically the same, but added straps. A lot of spring/summer tops and dresses have this neckline that is perfect to wear with statement earrings.
Drawstring neckline is when the neckline fabric is gathered and is very feminine. It usually creates a V, so follow the rules of V-necks. Peasant style blouses and dresses often have the same features and are also popular right now.
Spaghetti Straps are maybe not a type of neckline but is a big hit this season as a part of the 90's comeback (which Spice Girl are you?), but they are worth mentioning since they have a big effect on your upper body. These skinny straps are flattering features for petite body types and also great for layering.
What is your favorite neckline?