Besides dressing for your body type, or finding a pair of shades that fit your face shape, there are various types of necklines that they suit different kinds of body shapes. Necklines play a pivotal role in your overall appearance; they draw attention to your face and create balanced proportions — ergo, they make or break a look.

From the round neck to cowl neck, we bring you through 12 different kinds of necklines and how to choose the ones that will flatter you best.

#1: Round/Crew

The most common neckline in the market, and usually found on items such as T-shirts and casual tops, this classic design is great for those who are less busty with wider shoulders. Pieces with a round neck have the tendency to frame and highlight the face as well.

#2: One-shoulder/Asymmetric

As the name suggests, this neckline bares one of your shoulders, sometimes cutting below your shoulder or collarbone. This is best for those who want to showcase the bust area, or for people who have narrow shoulders — the cut gives one’s shoulders a broader look.

#3: V-Neck

Another obvious one, V-necklines are shaped like the letter V and go down towards the chest area, accentuating the cleavage. There are two versions: a subtle one that ends mid-breast, and a plunging alternative that extends below the boobs.

They are generally flattering for people with wider shoulders and torsos, because they help balance them out visually. They also help to lengthen shorter necks as they direct the eyes towards the centre of the body.

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#4: Off-Shoulder

This Bardot style draws the eye up and makes your collarbone and shoulders pop. It’s romantic, flirty and feminine, and better suited for those who are petite and athletic, and who have a small to medium bust.

#5: Boat/Bateau

Nautical inspired, the boat neckline can be thought of as a wider version of a round neck and extends just below the collarbone. Great for making narrow shoulders look broad, the bateau can also help balance a thicker waist or hip, and a smaller chest area.

#6: Halterneck

Halternecks are easily identified by the straps that sit at the base of the neck. Such tops expose the shoulders and parts of the decolletage, making them the perfect garment to highlight toned arms and shoulders.

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#7: Halter Strap

Unlike halternecks, which have straps that wrap around the neck and cover the chest, halter straps go behind the neck and exposes the cleavage while keeping the shoulders exposed.

#8: Sweetheart

A favourite amongst brides, the sweetheart neckline is much like the shape of a heart, with a dip in the middle of your bust and rounding upwards towards the shoulders. This silhouette is great for showing off your collarbone and creates a longer, leaner effect by elongating the neck and chest area. It also adds balance to the overall silhouette.

#9: High

People with longer necks would look great in high-neck tops and turtlenecks because it frames the face while hiding the length. Similarly, a person with a longer face would find this style flattering.

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#10: Strapless/Tube

Whether it is held on with a fitted bodice or elasticated bands, tube tops and strapless dresses highlights your entire upper body area, allowing you to bring attention to your shoulders and decollete. People with wider shoulders may not like this silhouette, as they’re great for those with narrow shoulders and slim toned arms.

#11: Cowl

Cowl necks can be distinguished by their draped fabric around the neck, and can be cut to resemble a round neck, or plunge as low as a V-neck. The latter adds “weight” to the bust area. If you have a bigger facial structure, a tighter drape can risk over-emphasising the face much like a round neck.

#12: Collared

Collared necklines have two different silhouettes. When fully buttoned, the silhouette is similar to that of a round neck. When unbuttoned, the exposure of the decollete and cleavage will have it vary between a shallow to plunge V-neck.