The following describe and illustrate a variety of necklines used in garments. These terms are often used in Ivy and Pearl Boutique apparel descriptions. Note that some necklines may overlap with others or be considered a subset of another neckline.
An asymmetrical neckline is one that looks different on either side. This could be because it is cut differently or because one side is folded down.
A banded neckline is a flat, shaped narrow band finish the neckline and front opening.
A front center portion of a garment, usual oval or square. It may be set into a blouse or dress below the neckline or extend upward from the waist of the pants of skirt.
A wide horizontal neckline, high in front and back. Often referred to as a bateau neckline. Reaches nearly to the shoulder line but sits close to the neck. Wider but not as deep than a scoop neckline.
A camisole neckline falls just above the bustline and is held by straps over the shoulder. The strap width may vary from very narrow (spaghetti) to very wide.
A jewel or V-neckline that opens in the front, usually with buttons along the center.
A neckline that features one of dozens of different collar types.
A cowl neckline is a draped neckline resulting from a bias cut with excess fabric forming soft folds in the front or back of the garment.
A round neckline that sits close to the neck. Commonly seen in T-Shirts and usually has a band around it.
A crossover neckline features straps or cutouts that make a crossover-pattern in the front or rear of the neckline.
A decollete neckline is any neckline that is cut very low in front. It often refers to a wide, gently curving deep V neckline. Can also be called a plunging neckline but typically is not cut quite as far down as a plunging neckline.
A moderately low neckline but very wide and angular.
A high neckline cut in one with the garment by slanting or curving the shoulder seams upward towards the neck. They are often referred to as built-up necklines.
A gathered neckline is a full neckline drawn close to the neck. It may be adjusted or gathered with a drawstring, cord, or elastic. Often referred to as a drawstring, peasant, or gypsy neckline.
A sleeveless neckline with the front of the garment held around the back of the neck by a band extending from the front.
A low rounded curved neckline, shaped like a horseshoe in front.
A high, round neckline located at the base of the neck, usually plain. it is circular and without a collar. It is usually wider and deeper than a Crew neck while still maintaining it’s circular shape. A very common neckline seen in dresses and tops named because the neckline follows where a necklace would lay.
A high neckline with an opening cut out at the front. The opening can be round, oval, tear, or wedge shaped.
Off-the-shoulder or Off-shoulder neckline
Also called a Bradot neckline. An open shoulder neckline is a low neckline extending around the upper part of the arms, baring the shoulders.
This is an asymmetric neckline starting over one shoulder and extending diagonally to and under the other arm. Sometimes referred to as a asymmetric neckline.
A plunging neckline is a low-cut neckline, usually V-shaped. It extends to the level of the breast or to the waist. It is lower than a decollete neckline.
A racerback neckline features shoulder straps that are joined between the shoulder blades.
A wide horizontal neckline, a variation of the boat neckline but not as high as a boat neckline. They are sometimes fastened at the shoulders.
Scoop necklines are a deep U-neckline. They are medium low in front, rounded, and wider than the base of the neck.
Slash or Slit neckline
Slit necklines have narrow vertical openings in the neckline. The slit may be in the front or back. It may be held closed with a button or other types of fasteners
Spaghetti Straps neckline
Spaghetti strap necklines feature very thin shoulder straps used to support the top while providing minimal shoulder straps leaving the shoulders bare. They are also referred to as noodle straps.
A moderately low-cut neckline that is square or angular in front.
This neckline falls just above the bust. It may be held in place by darts and fitting, boning, elastic, or shirring.
A surplice neckline is a neckline that wraps forming a V-neckline in the front or back.
A sweetheart neckline is lowered in the front and shaped like the top of a heart.
Tank or tank top neckline
Tank top necklines are similar to spaghetti strap necklines but with larger straps. The large neckline is identical to a scoop neckline but is usually accompanied by large armholes that can reach down as far as the bottom of the chest.
A turtleneck neckline, also called a polo neckline or roll-neck, is a close-fitting, round, and high collar that folds over and covers the neck.
U-neckline (U-Shaped neckline)
U-necklines are medium low in front, rounded, and the same width as the base of the neck. Similar to a scoop neckline but falls further and is more U-shaped.
V-necklines are cut down in front or back to form a sharp v-shaped point.
A yoke neckline is a separate portion of the garment in the shoulder and neckline area with a seamline attaching yoke to the lower portion. It may be straight, horizontal, angled, or curved.