The Unabashed Feminist: Necklines

Thursday, March 7, 2013


What is a neckline of a garment?

It is the top edge of a garment that envelopes the neck. It is mostly a line that dictates the type of the garment.

Here are a few common necklines that are available.

Cowl Neck: It is a neckline that is unstructured and drapes below the collar bone. These types of neck lines are flattering to women with a small bust and helps in adding volume.
Halter neck with a Cowl

Ruffles: It is a strip of fabric, lace or ribbon tightly gathered or pleated on one edge and applied to the garment.

Keyhole collar: As the name suggests, the collar has a keyhole.
Keyhole Collar

Polo: These are close fitting collars that wrap around the neck and end just below the chin. This is a very abrupt and harsh neckline.
Polo Neck

V-Neck: 2 diagonal lines from the shoulders meeting at the chest.

Boat (bateau) neck: they start after the collar bone and sits loosely on the shoulder and is shaped like a boat.
Boat (Bateau) Neck

Sweetheart: These are shaped like the heart and therefore the name.
Sweetheart Neck

Round: These are the most common necklines found in t-shirts. As the name says they are round and sit snugly around the neck.
Round Neck

Peter Pan: It is a flat, round cornered collar that is usually found in girl’s dresses and frocks.
Peter Pan Collar

Strapless: has no collar. The dress usually sits on either the arms or snugly around the bust.

Slot: The side edges are very close and are shaped like a slot and hence the name.
Slot Neckline

Shawl: Its is a rounded collar without lapels that extend down the front of the shirt.
Shawl Collar

Mandarin Collar: It is a small and close-fitting upright collar that originated in China. Hence the name.
Mandarin Collar

Cut-in-One Collar: It is a collar that has very harsh lines like those of a sailor’s uniform.
Cut-In-One Collar

Jabot Collar: In the movie “Pirates of the Caribbean”, Jonathan Pryce (Governor Weatherby Swann) wears this. It is very old and originates in the 17th/18th century. This basically is a shirt that has frills or ruffles decoration at the front of the shirt.
Jabot Collar

I drew the collars, so please excuse the tardiness. Not too good at it. :-)

Hopefully this has given you some insights into different collars available.

Kristen Bell, an actress said “I am not a risk-taker. I don’t do plunging necklines or really short skirts. I try to stay as classy as possible and provide a little mystery.”

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