Different Types of Necklines


When you choose a shirt or dress, the neckline is a big part of what gives it it’s style. There are some you will feel more comfortable with than others and there are some that will be more flattering to your face than others. Whatever your tastes may be, it’s important that you get familiar with what’s out there.

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This article will review some of the more popular types of necklines so you can find the ones that work best for you.


An asymmetric neckline may have only one strap or it may have a strap that crosses over from one shoulder to another. These necklines provide a modern, sexy look and they add interest. They are great for a night out on the town.

Boat or Bateau Necklines

These are so named because of the boat hull shape of the neckline. They are high, rounded necklines, usually complemented by thick straps or long or short sleeves. They bring a lot of attention to the chest area and are, therefore, more suited to women who are smaller breasted.

Collared Neckline

Collared necklines are most commonly seen on button front shirts. There are also dresses that have a collared neckline and button front. The style is great for casual looks.

Crossover Halter Style Neckline

Halter tops are tops that are usually fitted around the breast area and have straps that come around the neck. Some designs have straps that cross each other in the front of the neck and some just slip behind the neck. They have a sexy look and they are generally worn for formal occasions.


Square necklines are more unusual. Just as the name states, these collars come down in straight lines from the shoulders and they also have a straight line across the chest. They can be featured on shirts and dresses that are formal or casual.


Strapless necklines usually come straight across the bustline but sometimes they are more fitted to the curves of the breast. These more fitted looks are known as sweetheart necklines. Both provide a sexy style that makes them suited for nighttime and formal events. The sweetheart neckline is the more formal of the two.

V Neck

A V neck can be combined with various designs of shirts and dresses. They can be on t-shirts, button fronts, sundresses and more. The look can be casual or formal and it can even be sexy…depending on how far down the V goes!


This look is most often seen on sweaters and sweater dresses. The necklines have bunched up fabric around the neck that somewhat resembles a scarf. They add a bit of interest to outfits making them perfect for slightly formal and formal occasions. They also provide a nice professional look.

Crew Neck

Crew necks are commonly worn on t-shirts and sweaters. They are simple, rounded necklines that come up close to the face. They provide a great casual look that can work for just about any laid back occasion.

High Neck

High necks come up onto the neck area. They are not to be confused with turtlenecks which have excess fabric that must be worn folded over. While not dressy, they provide a slightly more formal look that makes them suitable as office wear. They also tend to make faces look fuller, so they are more suited to those with angular faces.

Queen Anne

So named for their regal look, Queen Anne necklines accentuate the breasts. They are similar to the sweetheart necklines in this way, but they feature sleeves that connect to the top sides of the dress in one area on each side to make a triangular appearance. Queen Annes work well on formal dresses and are a popular wedding dress style.


A scoop neck is a bit like a V-neck except the collar is rounded…so more like a U-neck really! A scoop neck can still reveal a bit of skin, but its rounded shape makes it more casual than a V Neck. However, if your U neck reveals a lot of cleavage, you are best off saving it for a nighttime occasion.

Now that you are familiar with the various necklines you can choose from, which will you be going for the next time you are clothes shopping?

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