As in anything, once the rules are understood they can begin to be broken.
My #1 Rule = the face should be the focal point of every outfit. If some element in the construction of your neckline, or some accessory you add, is placed correctly in reference to your face, this is achieved.
Finding that correct placement (use either method):
- Measure from the hairline or bangs to chin. Starting at the chin, drop down that length to a point on the chest.
- Measure from the center of the widest point of the face to the chin. Beginning at the base of the neck, drop this measurement down to a point on the chest.
- Never before mentioned on this blog: adapt shorter necklines by widening them. In other words, the area of the open space inside your neckline ends up equaling the area of your face. Should I have considered teaching math as a profession?
Here we have a lovely model to demonstrate these principles for us:
And here’s something tricky: photographers know these things, as well as the fact that your best neckline shape is like the shape of your jaw, so a good one will have you turn your head in such a way as to alter the apparent line or proportion.