Neck and Neck:
Face-Framing Style Lines
Photographed by Hanna Tveite
A neckline sets the sartorial tone, from prim to plunging, seductive to sporty. This defining element of a garment can also perform optical magic, acting in flattering harmony or contrast with the lines and curves of the body. To build your wardrobe upon seasonless styles that frame the face in striking ways, look beyond the collared button-up and discover the silhouettes best suited to your unique features.
A v-shaped neckline visually elongates the body, adding a vertical element that draws attention centrally and then up to the face. Calibrate the effect by considering the depth of the “v” and what it reveals. In a pre-fall collection inspired by the work of Barbara Hepworth—who often paired v-neck tops with bold necklaces—Calvin Klein’s Francisco Costa balanced the drama of a plunging v-neck with elongated sleeves and a serene, floor-grazing length.
The dominant horizontal of a square neckline enhances narrow shoulders and balances a round face. Soften the silhouette by opting for fluid fabrics such as satin-backed crepe.
A typical turtleneck offsets longer faces and visually extends narrow torsos. For a more universally flattering look, choose a turtleneck with a lower profile or one that drapes into an elegant cowl. This softly sculpted shape is a specialty of Nehera creative director Samuel Drira. His pull-on knit dress combines a relaxed turtleneck collar with bold cutouts at the upper arms and long sleeves designed to brush the knuckle.
Highlight the collarbone region with a neck-elongating scoop or seek out a shoulder-defining halter neckline, which gives way to the drama of a bare back.
Styling Gabrielle Marceca
Model Ruby Aldridge