These are the lower-cut styles of neckline - halter, sweetheart, empire, and Queen Anne - and generally display a great deal of a woman's décolletage.
Halter: The halter neckline consists of two triangular points of fabric that rise along the chest and join in some fashion at
the back of the neck. The width of the points may vary by design, and in fact the halter may consist of one solid triangular panel that is
fastened around the neck with a strap of some sort, but generally has two separate extensions with a plummeting opening between to show the
cleavage. This is generally a good style for moderately-sized to small-busted women, with toned arms and an evenly proportioned neck and head.
Overweight women or women with broad shoulders should avoid this style of neckline because it will only over-emphasize their larger proportions.
Sweetheart: This is a flattering style for most every woman. Named for its resemblance to the bottom of the stylized heart
graphic, the vertical dip of the sweetheart neckline helps to elongate the face and gives balance to larger proportions. This is by far the most
popular style of neckline for wedding gowns and many evening dresses because of its ability to make most every size and shape of woman look her best.
Empire: The empire neckline is square and most notable because of its horizontal coverage of the breasts. This neckline displays
the most chest area of all the styles we are discussing, and generally dips to a point halfway between the top of the breast and the areolas. It
is a good look for average-build to larger-framed women with short necks because it offers a balance and makes the neck appear longer. It isn't
recommended as much for small-framed or petite women, because it will draw attention to an area that generally is less endowed for smaller women.
Queen Anne: This neckline was popularized by Britain's Queen Anne, and is an excellent choice for women who are small-breasted
and narrow of shoulder. The roughly diamond shape opening of the chest area makes the upper torso appear larger and wider by drawing the eyes to
the horizontal line along the right and left points. It should be avoided by the broad-shouldered woman for the same reason, which would result
in the woman appearing far too wide in the shoulder to be appealing.
These are the neckline styles commonly found among the casual wear of the average female. They are the
vee-neck, crew neck, turtleneck, scoop neck and cowl neck. All of these styles can be found in varying degrees of lowness, depending on the size of the neck opening.
Vee Neck: The Vee Neck is the single-most flattering neckline style there is. It is close in back and on the sides and dips to a
shallow point in the front of the neck. The vee neck generally has a bound edge, especially when made from knit or jersey material. Every woman
looks good in the vee neck because it emphasizes the oval shape of the face and causes the neck to appear longer. The only consideration to
remember is to make certain that you have a proper fit on the garment and you will look great.