Happy Monday, gal pals! I hope you had a lovely weekend and accomplished just as much as you wanted to…no more, no less! Some weekends we just need to chill, huh? But today we begin a new week. And I thought it would be fun to begin with a sweet, short styling lesson. Let’s talk about the styling magic of the V.
The Secret’s Out!
It’s not a secret really. And it’s not even magic. It’s a principle of design. Vs elongate and slenderize.
When you wear a v-neck shirt or dress, you’ll instantly look more slender and even taller than you would if you were wearing any other neckline. The point of the V elongates, stretching the viewer’s gaze up and down your body or torso. And the narrowing of this line at the right place also slenderizes, drawing the focus inward. A v-neck top causes your shoulders to look broader and your waistline to look smaller. It also opens up your face and draws attention there.
Don’t Fear the V
I’ve known many women who shied away from wearing v-neck tops because they thought their aging neck was no longer attractive and should be hidden behind a collar. But nothing could be further from the truth.
Look, I get it. My neck has a lot of wrinkles! And it tends to get a little red because of medications I take daily. But even with all its imperfections, our necks can be bared. I’ve gotten to where I simply continue my foundation use down onto my neck. But I’ve also realized that regardless of my aged neck, I look more attractive in a v-neck top.
Truth is, most of us do.
The Most Universally Flattering Neckline
Unless you have extremely wide shoulders, you will probably look your very best in a v-neck top. And I have wide shoulders. But the truth is, wide shoulders are usually attractive. They help create that desirable hourglass shape. So even if your shoulders are a little wide, I encourage you to look at pictures of yourself with v-necks and see what you think.
As I looked back over previous blog posts in search of photos of me in v-necks, I was surprised to see just how much difference this neckline makes. Even though I’m not advocating wearing a v-neck every single day, I can attest this neckline makes a significant difference in our appearance.
The Beauty of the V-neck
But the allure of the v-neck top is not just that it elongates and slenderizes. It also reveals one of the most universally flattering features of the female body – the clavicle or collarbone. The clavicles are the long bones that lay horizontal across the front of your shoulders, connecting the shoulder blades to the sternum. The clavicle is more pronounced on women than most men and is part of our feminine appeal.
So when we wear a neckline, such as the v-neck, that reveals the clavicles, we automatically look more feminine, youthful and delicate.
Other Vs to Consider
But did you know that there is more style magic with Vs? You can also style with Vs at your waistline, your wrists and your ankles. A v-notch in your sleeve or a V in a bracelet will slenderize your wrists. And shoes with a V in the vamp (that’s the upper part of the shoe) will slenderize your ankle and potentially elongate your legs.
How about you? Have you discovered the styling magic of Vs? I’d love to hear from you today. And be sure to let me know if you have any questions.
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Blessed for My Day
You know I’m all for dressing ourselves in a way that is flattering and creates a pleasing appearance. And in fact, I think it’s important that we dress ourselves well so that we can interact with those around us in a gracious, appropriate way.
But the Bible teaches us that we also need to clothe ourselves in character traits that are pleasing and attractive. Not only do these traits look good on us, but they give the people around us a glimpse of Jesus. Today let’s be sure to put on the character of Christ by submitting to His authority in our lives and focusing on what pleases Him.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. ~ Colossians 3:12