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Shop for your shape

Photos by Dan Bishop

June 2014

The neckline on your clothes can make or break a look as this relatively small part of your garment can radically alter your appearance. Be prepared to dazzle by choosing the type that will play up your best attributes and minimize your weaker ones.


White, í60s-inspired dress, Rachel Kate, $38.95, Element Style Boutique

"Someone with a longer neck and smaller bustline would look good in this dress," says Rozck.



Black cowl neck dress: Three Dots, $80, Next Door, locations in Brookfield and Okauchee (available at Okauchee store)

Cowl necks work for both busty and less-endowed ladies. It will elongate the neck and give the illusion of height.



Black crew neck swing top: Ella Moss, $110

Black camisole: $25, Nikibiki, Mode

"The crew balances out narrow necks, faces, shoulders and small chests, but it can make you look bigger than you are if you have broad shoulders, generous curves or a short neck," says Bouchard.


Keyhole Halter

Maxi dress, Jealous Tomato, $58, Mode, Wauwatosa

"The keyhole halter neckline is universally flattering and can create curves where there are none. It also cuts broad shoulders," says Patrice Bouchard, owner of Mode.



Yellow top, Jack, $45, Mode

"A jewel neckline is round but much more shallow than a scoop. Itís good for small-chested women, but donít wear it if you have a short neck," says Bouchard.


Peter Pan

Mint embellished lace blouse, Ginger G, $24.95, Element Style Boutique, Delafield

"A petite person looks good in this neckline, but many body types can wear this also," says Carrie Rozck, owner of Element Style.



Orange tank top: Three Dots, Next Door, $64

Women with short or wide necks should opt for a neckline such as the scoop to help elongate the look of the neck.



Tunic blouse: Auditions, $46.95, Element Style Boutique

Teal necklace: $16.95

"This looks good on people who donít have broad shoulders and also on average-bust-sized people," says Rozck.




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