The Sweetheart Neckline And Other Flattering Styles

The sweetheart neckline is a stylish choice for a lot of women but in particular for a woman with a big bust. In this section I also explore four other styles that also suit a lady of substance.

  1. Sweetheart
  2. Diamond
  3. Queen Anne
  4. Elizabethan
  5. Cowl

1. What is a Sweetheart neckline?

The style is named because the shape is like a heart. So what is a Sweetheart neckline? Well normally the sides are straight, often straight down and on occasion converging on the neck. The lower line is curved and sometimes a double scallop effect, curving down to the centre.

This neck style is particularly suitable for big busts for two reasons. It shows a lot of flesh which breaks up the size of the chest, but importantly in a modest way. The other significant reason is that the lower curves of the neckline cover the cups of your bra.

I personally love the sweetheart neckline as it has sweeping but gentle curves, a hint of the classic ever flattering V neck and a subtle but classic charm. It is also very popular for wedding dresses.

2. Diamond Neckline

Okay, I have to admit the photo on the left is me, in a photo which is a bit too close up. Nevertheless it is a good illustration of the Diamond neck style itself. Two (normally) vertical edges and a V at the base. By having a lot of flesh on show it does help to distract from the bust. If going out I would wear a jacket on top.

As you can see the Diamond-neck is a combination of two of the most flattering necklines; the Square neckline and V neckline.

On the right is Svetlana Nedvedeva in a very classy powder blue outfit, which is a good example of how the Diamond neck can be used in a jacket.


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3. Queen Anne Neckline

What is a Queen Anne neckline? The Queen Anne neckline is not dissimilar to the Sweetheart neckline and Diamond neck. It is certainly easier to show than explain but it is best explained as a combination of the two styles above. 

In fact you have probably worn this style hundreds of times without possibly realizing it as the bra on the right shows.

There are normally straight lines at the sides (like a diamond neck) but then it has the Sweetheart scalloped curves over the bust. The shape is symmetrical and the lines at different angles help break up the chest, another very complimentary style.

In the movie, The Prince and the Showgirl, Marilyn Monroe cut a very fine figure in a Queen Anne neck style; however, generally I would advise a lady with a generous bust not to wear white across the chest.

4. Elizabethan Neckline

The photo of Svetlana Medvedev is an excellent illustration of the shape of Elizabethan neckline itself, which as you can see is very pretty. I do think however it could afford to be a lot lower as there is a lot of material around the bust, which is a look we are trying to avoid.

The wonderful Dolly Parton also sports an Elizabethan neckline and there is a lady who knows how to pick a flattering neckline. I apologise that the photo is not that clear. However you can see that the lower edge is considerably lower (than Svetlana's) and yet still modest.

As you can tell, it is not dissimilar to the sweetheart neckline with sweeping curves.

5. The Cowl Neck

What is a cowl neck? Whilst the cowl is a distant relation to the bad boy polo or turtleneck, it is mercifully different. Those styles both have an unbroken line across the chest culminating in a raised neck.

The cowl neckline is different because the neck detailing drapes down across the chest breaking up that vast space. However, the cowl necks below are not good examples. Like many things in ladies fashion, it is a thin dividing line between what works and what does not.

The yellow cowl neck top has a horizontal line running straight across the bust which draws the eye. Horizontal lines, like stripes, across the boobs are not normally a good look. There is a suggestion of broad which is not a word you want to associate with a big bust.

The top on the right simply does not have enough 'floppy' material in the cowl. The idea is to provide enough draping material to camouflage the bust, this does not. Compare it to the two pictures above of bigger 'drapes'.


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If you would like to see other flattering neckline styles, please take a peek at best dresses for big busts.

Alternatively head back to the Home Page at how to dress big busts.


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I could not resist this photo of a Diamond neckline. How cute is this child? Oh and have you spotted the Shrek ears?

I particularly need photos of sweetheart necklines - can you help me?


Flattering Necklines - The Book!

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Flattering Necklines For Big Busts

I have been overwhelmed by the interest and kind words of so many readers on this issue that I decided to write a Quick Guide, Kindle book on the subject (see above).

This has allowed me to write a concise guide on the most flattering neckline styles and expand a little on others.

I will try and create it in different formats but currently it is in kindle ebooks format only.


Technically not actually an Elizabethan neckline because there is no notch in the centre but a lovely variation on a theme, modelled by the ever glamorous Glenn Close.


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