Art of Style

Shopportunities: The Right Neckline

You can wear almost any shape you like if you learn these balance-point tips.

BY May 5, 2014


Dear Cheryl,

Almost everything in my closet has the same neckline. I’d really like to branch out a bit but don’t know what to try. Suggestions, please?

—Janette H., Estero

It’s worth taking the time to try different shapes and styles, as the right neckline or collar can optically take off 10 years and 10 pounds. To start off, your new go-to style could be a V-shaped neckline. V-necks suit just about everyone, as they visually lengthen the neck. Collared shirts or blouses with the first couple of buttons unfastened achieve the same effect. Whatever neckline shape you choose, balance and proportion are key to a flattering and harmonious look. To help with this, you’ll need to know your “balance points.”

• With a tape measure (or a length of string), measure the length of your face from hairline to chin. Now measure the same distance from the bottom of your chin to your chest.

• Next, determine the widest part of your face. Whether the garment has a scooped, square or round neckline (or collar), its opening should be at least as wide as the widest part of your face.

If you apply these two proportional pointers, you’ll find you can wear just about any neckline style. Have fun finding your new favorites.

Cheryl Lampard, founder of Style Matters International, answers your questions each month. If you have a question for Cheryl, send it to



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