The wrong neckline can make you look heavier and shorter. A large bust appears even larger when a crew neck top is worn. Any neckline covering my collarbones makes my face look much rounder, shorter, and more substantial than I am. A V-neckline or a low scoop that falls about four inches below my collarbone is best for my inverted triangle shaped body and slightly puffy rounded face shape.
Even when I wear a scarf, I try to mimic a more flattering neckline. If you have broad shoulders, an ample bust, and a roundish face, a crew neck garment is a poor choice. Covering the collarbones makes the neck appear shorter and creates an almost horizontal line a few inches below the chin.
Long straight vertical lines around the face and on the torso are much better choices for someone with an inverted triangle shape. A woman with narrow shoulders, a slender face, a small bust, and delicate features looks terrific in boat, crew, and turtlenecks. Ruffles, ties, horizontal lines at the neckline, and details at the shoulders such as wide lapels or shoulder pads visually balance a more narrow upper body—the woman with a pear shape benefits from employing these details above the waistline.
My tank top in the photos above is by Chico’s. The cotton cardigan was from Cali & York a few years ago. The jeans are by Liverpool Jeans Company. The shoes are by Nine West. The orange bag is old by Dooney & Bourke.
The video below shows examples of how to make a crew or round neckline look better on someone with my shape. The long sleeve Croft & Barrow tee is about four years old. I bought it at Kohl’s.