Having a short neck sometimes can make you look heavier than you are. Whether you have short, average or long neck it is something we are born with and cannot change. However, by carefully choosing what you wear, you can change how long your neck appears to be. Longer neck sometimes can make you look taller and leaner overall. If you are self-conscious about it, then making your neck look longer can improve your overall body proportion and make you feel more confident.
The best way to dress the short neck is to create space around your neck and the easiest way to achieve this is to wear lower necklines. Meanwhile, you should draw attention to your face with nice and round earrings, so that your short neck will be less noticeable. You should also create vertical line in your clothing by wearing long necklaces to create the illusion of a longer neck. Additionally, choosing the right hair style is critical to elongate your neck. It is equally important that you should avoid any high neckline tops or dresses. You should also stay away from any designs that bring attention to your neck or trying to cover it up. Here is how exactly you can apply these techniques.
Wear V-neck anything
Open necklines, like a v-neck, is an ideal style choice for women with shorter neck. The lower neckline silhouette gives the illusion of a longer neck by drawing the eye down and away from your neck, making that area appear more elongated.
The depth of the v-neck is based on personal preference, as long as you select something that offers open space around the neck. Generally, the lower the V-neck, the more obvious their elongating effect for your neck.
V neck is a very common and popular neckline that you can wear year round, including dresses, sweaters, blouses and T-shirts.
Wear off the shoulder
Another optimal neckline choice when you have a short neck. The reason is off the shoulder dresses and shirts create a lot of space around your neck and shoulders.
Thanks to the exaggerated neckline, it brings the line of your neck down to your shoulder area, where the garment rests on your body. Instead of your neck appearing to start where it does, the illusion created makes it appear to start much lower, in turn making it look as though your neck is longer.
Wear cowl neck sweaters
Cowl neck sweaters are a great sweater option to choose. It may sound like the cowl neck is a higher neckline, however, it is not to be mixed with the turtle neck, which is something you should stay away from if you have short neck.
The cowl detailing opens up the space, unlike a turtleneck, around your neck to make it appear longer than it is. Make sure the cowl element hangs down away from your face to further instill the space around your neckline.
Wear open collar
The best type of collared shirt for a short neck is the open collared shirt. In order to flatter and lengthen a short neck, you will need to opt for a collared shirt that offers more space around the neck and chest area.
Open collared shirts tend to lay flat against the body, further emphasizing the open space between the collars. This is crucial to creating space to make your neck appear longer. Avoid traditional collared shirts as they are often too high up and closed off on the neck.
Wear big, round earrings
This is one of the easiest but less known tricks to flatter women with short neck. Use earrings to draw attention higher and that will make your neck much less noticeable. If you are concerned about neck length, then always wear an earring.
The best option is to go with big and round shape earrings. This earring shape brings the attention up towards the face, away from your short neck.
Wear long necklaces or pendants
Long necklaces are similar to open necklines in the way they flatter short necks. The vertical line of a long necklace gives a lengthening effect instantly.
When you choose the best length for your necklace, it goes hand in hand with the neckline.
Pair a long necklace with an open neckline garment to further emphasize creating an elongated neck. If you wear a garment with a closed off, or higher, neckline, be sure to style them with a long necklace so you are still giving the aesthetic of a longer neck.
This works on not just long necklaces, you can also choose any necklaces with long pendants.
Wear short hair
Hair style is critical when you are looking to flatter shorter neck.
Your strategy should be to bringing the focus away from your neck. Styling your hair strategically in a short length is the simple way to achieve this. To reap the benefits of short hair, go for a length that’s above your neck in length to draw the eye up.
Wear hair up
If you happen to have long hair, then wearing your hair up can help to make your neck appear longer. This is the same concept as having shorter hair. Updo gives you a lot of flexibility because the key is getting your hair off of your neck area.
Wear garments with details around the shoulders
A subtle way to flatter a short neck, by selecting tops and dresses that provide delicate detailing around the shoulder area.
This can be embellishing, crochet, etc. This is a simple way to draw the attention down to your shoulders which brings balance to a short neck. Just be sure the detailing isn’t voluminous (i.e. ruffles) too high up onto the shoulder as that can have a reverse effect.
Closed, high necklines are a major don’t for a short neck. Because the focal point of a turtleneck is the neck area that is where all the attention goes while wearing it. These types of necklines will cause your neck to look even shorter and wider than it is.
Avoid polo shirts
Between the high neckline and collar detailing of polo shirts, they’re best to avoid with a short neck. These major details resting right at your neck will only emphasize the short length of it. Instead, opt for open necklines as mentioned above.
While we mentioned some necklaces can elongate your neck, there are others that can make your neck appear even shorter. The on-going trend of choker is not your best friend, if you are worried about how long your neck looks.
Chokers are a style that can easily break an outfit when you have a short neck. Choker necklaces bring all of the focus directly to your neck by cutting it off right at the center where they lay, causing a widening effect to occur.
Avoid scarves high on the neck
When scarves are worn high up on the neck, it’s unflattering to a short neck. The concept is similar to chokers and turtlenecks. You need to create space around your neck, instead of covering it all together with the scarf.
Instead, wear a scarf to hang down and away from your neck. This will instead create space around the area to give you the illusion of a longer neck.
Avoid any decoration around the neck
If you have shorter neck, decorations like bows, ruffles, flounces, or corsage should not be anywhere close to your neck. These are the designs that will draw all the attention to where they are located on the garment.
All in all, it’s best to stay away from dresses and tops that have a lot of exaggerated detailing that rest around your neck. Anytime a garment detail is voluminous, like ruffles and bows, it adds volume and shortens an already short neck.
Avoid short statement necklaces
This is essential when you have a short neck. Short statement necklaces, like a bib necklace, will likely make your neck appear wide and (even) shorter. Instead, if you want to style a statement necklace choose an option that hangs away from your neck to create space and make your short neck less prevalent.
You probably noticed some common references throughout the list. Keep those common principles in mind any time you get dressed or go shopping. Carefully selecting how you style certain pieces, as you can see, make the world of a difference when flattering a short neck. Once you master these techniques, dressing a short neck will be a walk in the park.