As we approach the beginning of fall and winter… (even though it’s still 95 degrees here in Texas most days)…it’s time to drag out or start thinking about dragging out the sweaters…and probably even buy more.

But there are so many sweaters available that you may find the choices a little overwhelming. How do you know which sweaters look best with your body type, face shape, and neckline?

Let’s take a look at several different styles of sweaters and necklines and consider which ones will be the most flattering based on both the shape of your face, body, and neck.


1.  Boat Neck

Design……sits near the collarbone and extends horizontally outward onto the shoulders and parallel to the bustline 

Best for…

Bustline…makes it seem more pronounced. 
Face Type…can enhance the beauty of a heart-shaped face
Head…provides a balancing effect for women with a smaller head
Neck…flattering for women with long necks, can make an overly long neck appear slightly shorter

    2.  Cowl Neck 

    Design…the collar of a cowl neck sweater  folds over and lies on the shoulders and chest to create a drape around the neck

    Best for…

    Body Type…excellent for apple-shaped women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting…also great for pear-shaped women because they draw the eye up and away from the lower body 
    Bust line…excellent for busty women because they open up the neck area and are not as form-fitting


      3.  Funnel Neck

      Design…similar to a mock turtleneck except that the neck extends upwards from the bodice of the shirt in one piece instead of being a tube sewn onto the neckline…excess fabric could either stand straight up or roll over

      Best for…

      Neck Type…short neck, as the collar does not normally cover most or much of the neck length

      4.  Jewel Neck

      Design…a plain rounded neckline that rests near the base of the throat 

      Best for…

      Bustline…makes the bustline more noticeable
      Face Type…heart-shaped
      Necks… long, because the jewel neck minimizes attention to the neck and 

      5.  Mock Turtleneck… 

      Design…similar to a turtleneck, but about half as long…stands up on its own… gives the appearance of a turtleneck without the extra folded-over fabric

      Best for…

      Body Type…woman with a slimmer build.
      Bustline…makes busty women look confined and somewhat matronly
      Neck Type…short

      6.  Turtlenecks

      Design…have a long tube of fabric that is longer than the neck serving as the collar and draping around the neck…can also be folded over once for a neat appearance at the base of the neck…often form fitting with long sleeves and a hem that ends at the waist or top of the hip.

      Best for…

      Bustline…large-busted women tend to look even larger in turtlenecks, so care should be taken to choose a finely knit material and add a layer that creates a longer line
      Face Type…heart shape…can provide flattering concealment for a double chin
      Neck Type…can have a slimming effect on a wider neck and not best on short necks, although older women may like the neck camouflage offered by a turtleneck sweater

        7.  V – Neck 

        Design…V-shaped neckline with long sleeves and ribbed cuffs and hem…wide at the top and slants inward, coming to a point at the bottom. 

        Best for…

        Neck Type…Since they show a narrowing section of skin, they can have a lengthening effect on the neck. This illusion makes them popular among women with shorter or wider necks visually elongate the neck. They typically give women with short necks a more elegant appearance.Thicker Neck or Double-Chin

          Things to keep in mind when shopping for sweaters…

          1.  Close-fitting sweaters work well with wide-leg pants and flowing skirts. Bulky sweaters look best with snug bottoms, such as a tight pencil skirt, skinny jeans, or leggings…

          2.  Keep in mind the events, occasions, and activities that you might want to wear the sweater…the climate you live in…and any accessories that you might need to go with your new sweater.

          3.  Smaller, thinner jewelry works better with light sweaters or those in a fine-gauge knits. Thinner necklaces look even smaller when worn with heavy sweaters.

          4.  Thick sweaters look best with longer, thicker necklaces or long, thin chains with bold pendants. 

          5.  Tying or draping a scarf around your neck and shoulders gives a sweater extra flair.


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