Fashion terms can throw anyone for a loop. Some terms are self explanatory like the button down, off-the-shoulder, strapless or turtleneck. However, there are times when I try to describe what kind of top I might wear for an evening out with my best girlfriend and the description is lost in translation. Therefore, I decided to post about the basic terminologies for necklines so that you know exactly how to give the fashion rundown and what to ask for when you go shopping. There are six basic necklines:
"Ballet"- Picture the low dipped neckline of a ballerina's leotard with a bit of refinement and voilà, the "ballet" neckline. It has a long vertical scoop with a wide shape and low back, exposing lots of shoulder.
"Boat-neck"- The boat-neck also known as the "bateau"( pronounced bah-toe) is traditionally a nautical style like the top below;nevertheless it is commonly seen in solid colors. It is a bit more modest than the "ballet" neckline. The opening of the top extends toward the curvature of the collar bone which, can be diamond shaped or more rounded in appearance. The cut of the neckline is high and runs horizontal. A great style for petite women to show off their delicate shoulders.
Crew-neck is a fancy way of saying, round with a close fit around the base of the neck. A style once native to t-shirts, is a suitable choice for women with a smaller bust or a graceful neck.
"Cowl"- Is draped toward the bust line, giving dimension and fullness to the chest. The ideal top to balance a pear shape.
"Henley"- Is a variation of the crew neck. It is collarless with a finished opening covered with an additional layer of fabric called a "placket" and typically consists of two to six buttons for fastening.
"Scoop"- The "cousin" of the "ballet" neckline, this design is a bit more circular than oval with a plunging neckline that is flattering to all.
Now you can be savvy and confident enough to ask the Retail Associate, if the"cowl-neck" top that you have been eyeing for the past three weeks is still in stock.