There’s no overstating the importance of a flattering neckline when you’re hunting down the perfect top or dress for your body, so why not when you’re hunting for the perfect sweater? It’s easy to let your focus gear toward other areas, but the right neck shape can frame your face, create balanced proportions, and set the tone for your entire look — essentially making or breaking it.
These days, sweaters are available in all sorts of styles, with buttons down the front, called a “cardigan” sweater, or as a pullover, and with a variety of necklines. Few of the flattering necklines are:
MOCK TURTLE NECK
The mock turtleneck is a popular style, classic and beautiful. In the sweater above you can see how the neckline is narrow enough to lie flat against the neck, while still maintaining a comfortable fit. The mock turtleneck is a double-thick neckline, so that there are actually two layers of knitted fabric against the neck, folded over and stitched down.
STAND UP COLLAR
The stand-up collar, also called the “Jackie Kennedy collar”, is a modified version of a mock turtleneck neckline. It is higher, wider and shallower than a mock turtleneck, and instead of hugging the neck the way a mock turtleneck will do, it stands up and is away from the neck.
The turtleneck is also a popular style. A true turtleneck is a single layer which can be worn folded over once, or twice, against the backdrop of the sweater. A standard turtleneck will be 4-6 inches long, depending on the size of the sweater, or can be custom knitted to be up to 11 inches long.
ROUND CREW NECK
The standard round crew neck, shown in the above photo, is designed to be wide enough to be non-constricting and deep enough to fit easily over the head. This is the type of round neckline found on most pullover sweaters.
Anyone can look great in this universal neckline. The key to nailing the perfect V neck sweater ? Depth. A classic style, it also draws the eye in, balancing out broad shoulders and thick torsos, and lengthening short necks.