Highs and Lows

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Necklines are one of the most important feature of your outfit as that is what sets the tone, whether casual or formal, straight laced or sexy, etc.
It defines your outfit and is a reflection of your style and preferences. People also use it as their signature style. Necklines are high or low, deep or wide, standing or floppy,etc. But how do you know what suits and which you should make your personal style. Here are a few pointers:
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1.Collared Necklines : whether straight or floppy, full or half;collars have always had their own charm. They have been in fashion for decades, each designer giving it their own twist. They always look elegant and professional, so here is peep into their variations:
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a. Bandh galas: popular in fusion wear for men, but this is a fast rising trends even for women kurtas. It gives one a more structured look and makes your neck a focus.
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b. Chinese Collars : they are small collars but open in a v shape in the front.
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c. Half collars : adopted by women of royal descent, these collars stand at the back and are round necked in the front. The collar ends at the start of the shoulder and look really elegant. They emphasize on your shoulders and neck making it more structured.
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d. Shirt collars: they are semi hard and have flaps. Popular neckline for formal clothes especially amongst working women. Adds a little bit of professionalism. The neckline is deep v in the front, again elongating the neck.
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e. Ruffled collars: popularised in the Victorian era, whether high necked or shirt ruffles, they always add a bit of vintage to a modern outfit.
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2. V necks : wide or deep they always act as minimizers and put focus on collar bones. V’s always show a more structured silhouette.
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3. Round necks: they can be high popularly known as t-shirt necks. They completely cover the shoulders giving you a broader built, recently popular amongst saree blouses but in transparent fabrics making it subtly sexy. Other options which are wide or slightly deep which focus on shoulders and chest giving one a leaner shoulder frame.
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4. Square necks : they are more structured and cover shoulders in a more precise manner. Works well for a more proportionate look.
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5. Boat neck: show a sliver of your collar bones, very elegant and a big hit amongst formal dress. The front and back are the same length and breadth.
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5. Off shoulder: made popular by peasant tops and bridal gowns. Focus on shoulders, subtly sexy and very princess as per Disney. It shows your entire neckline.
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7. Strapless : no sleeves no neckline. Its also called tube, as its shaped like a tube mostly pulled on. Great for showing off a toned body.
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8. Halter neck : high necked, deep arm holes and a full back or tie back . Mostly sleevless so really shows off your structured shoulders.
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9. Polo necks : high necks covering more than half your neck. Great option for covering up but really put focus on your chest.
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10. Cowl necks: layered neckline running deep plus adds bulk on shoulders and chest. Great option for petite frames.
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These are the different necklines and they all showcase different aspects of your neckline. Front open tend to be deep and back open wide. There is no prescribed rule as to which works best, as it also depends on the fabric, outfit and the occassion. So experiment and start trying different necklines.

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