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Style Guide: Necklines

a selection of pink and blue dresses

There are several aspects of a dress that make it “flattering.” The skirt. The back. And let’s not forget, the neckline. While the skirt takes into account style and mobility (think of navigating the room in a ballgown versus a short fit and flare!) the neckline is strictly about style, and not to mention, is on display whether you’re sitting, mingling, or busting a move on the dance floor.

An ill-fitting neckline is a recipe for disaster, and a special event like homecoming or a wedding is especially no time for a wardrobe malfunction. So what type of dress neckline is right for you? Honestly, it depends on which feature you’d like to highlight. School may not be in session just yet, but consider this your crash course guide to necklines, just in time for homecoming.

Off the Shoulder

a short pink shimmering dress

Excuse us as we do alllll the ballerina twirls in this adorable off the shoulder dress! Whether it’s for homecoming or a destination wedding (the beach, perhaps?), an off the shoulder neckline is tops for highlighting your neck, chest, and shoulders.


a short purple dress

Simple and universally flattering, a v-neckline is as classic as it gets. Add this timeless fit and flare to your closet and never second-guess what to wear for a semi-formal event.


a short pink shimmering dress

A halter neckline sits high on the neck and is perfect if you’re seeking a more modest cut. Choose a halter if you’d like your shoulders to take the spotlight; we love this tiered metallic style for #HOCO!


a long blue dress

Another timeless option, a strapless dress shows off the chest, neck and shoulders. Don’t forget to accessorize with a pretty jeweled necklace and chandelier earrings; they’d gorgeously complement this satin slit dress.


a short light pink dress

Similar to a strapless style, a sweetheart neckline is named as such because it looks like-you guessed it-the top of a heart. This style accentuates the chest, neck, and shoulders for a chic, Hollywood glam finish. Complement this sweetheart style with delicate gold or silver jewelry.


a long black dress

Possibly the most risqué of all, a plunging neckline is cut deeper than a v-neck. RSVP to your next black tie event with this stunning beaded evening dress.

One Shoulder

a long pink dress

If you’re looking for a more unique style, a one shoulder neckline is your best bet. This style draws the eye to your arms and shoulders, like this elegant metallic evening dress with a cape-like back. We predict endless compliments already.

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