Whilst it may feel like you were missed out when it came to the fashion directory school that everyone else apparently went to, this is not the case. It just needs a little self education now and again to keep you up to speed. So, that’s where we come in. YAY!
These days, a tee is never just a tee. Often over-described in magazines, the ‘top’ has copious different names which all allude to the style of the neckline first and foremost, and then sleeveline after. So we’ve curated the complete guide to all the necklines that you’ll ever need to know.
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Asymmetric is as the name suggests - not identical on both sides. Usually in the shape of one shoulder strap but can be voiced in other ways too, such as colour split or different fabrics.
The asymmetric top allows you to be more experimental and playful with your style and adds instant individuality too.
So it’s by no mistake that this top shows off both shoulders giving that sexy AND classy edge to any outfit. It's a timeless shape that will never go out of style (just like the starlet) and will always look pretty and feminine.
We love to team ours with some high-waisted skinny jeans, strappy sandals and an oversized clutch.
The Bardot hemline goes straight across from the outer arm to the other outer arm. The arm cuffs are thick strapped too. The is off-shoulder top less rigid in its formula - the hemline can vary and the straps across the arm can be as thick or as thin as you wish. However, they both scream sexuality and femininity.
You can recognize a boatneck top simply by observing the length of the neckline: it will run from the inner shoulder to the inner shoulder. This style offers a very sophisticated finish to your outfit.
The boatneck is fantastic for office attire when you just don't want to wear a blouse, as it comes across as formal and professional.
5. High Neck
The mesh panel also helps to hide any undesired flesh parts (for those of you who perhaps dislike their upper arms as an example) without resorting to just standard long-sleeved tops.
7. Straight Across
A firm favourites for most modern day crop tops, the straight across is perfect for the effortless weekend style. With a decent elasticated hem, most straight across tops hold well and many have built-in support too, so no bra required. Now that's what our Saturdays are all about.
We women do know how to work our wily feminine charms! Whether you’re well endowed or lighter on top, this style of top will show off your two great assets *ahem*.
If you're looking to throw on something with your jeans to elevate the day outfit for cocktails, a sweetheart top is just the thing.
This works well for those who may not wish to reveal too much, but enjoy the idea of ‘suggestion’.
The line between sweetheart and semi-sweetheart is pretty blurred if we're honest, but the key is to look at the dip in the cleavage and see just how much is revealed.
Also, a more rounded hemline across the top of the breasts implies full sweetheart; a less rounded is a semi-sweetheart.
For a professional finish to your ensemble, a square neckline never fails to deliver.
Don’t confuse with a v neck or a square - the hemline HAS to be rounded and reasonably low to be a scoop, but can be either revealing or conservative...depending on your predilections.
Super easy to wear and oh so practical (it will go with anything), a scoop neck is a staple for any girl's wardrobe.
Can be as low or as reserved as you fancy, as long as it is a V shape it fits into this category.
This particular style can transcend from formal to casual and is thus a popular shape working women.
The standard halter top will have the front of your chest above the breasts covered, which differentiates it from the halter strap top.
As the shoulders are usually our most flattering and feminine part of our upper body, this style of top showcases your ‘best’ bit and thus gives a beautifully feminine finish to any ensemble.
The halter strap reminds us of the Golden Era of Hollywood, complete with cinched in waists and large floaty skirts.
A popular choice for bikini tops and swimsuits, this style draws attention to your breasts *ahem* and oozes sexuality and feminine charm.