Neckline Etiquette for Every Occasion

Wearing a plunging neckline blouse to a business meeting is an obvious no-no, but there’s a gray area when it comes to navigating necklines. For instance, how much skin should a woman risk exposing when attending a wedding or going on a first date? To clear things up, keep on reading to get some handful insight when picking your necklines in every occasion.

Job Interview or Work

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If you’re even debating whether or not your blouse is too low-cut for the office, chances are it is. Opt for a modest V-neck that shows off your collarbone and just a hint of skin but not your cleavage. Or to be safe, opt for a round neck blouse and a pair of flared pants to give you good proportions on your office outfits. Also, play it safe during an interview, especially if you’re applying to a traditional corporate office. Even if you’re interviewing for a creative work, don’t take some risks and stick to collared button-down shirts with no more than one or two buttons left open, which will convey a stronger sense of professionalism.

Brunch with Parents

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When you’re at brunch with your parents or at any family-oriented affair, strike a balance between baring skin and remaining appropriately conservative. A conservative neckline of a shorter dress may be fine, but go for a nice fabric that doesn’t hug your curves too tight. Also, think of draping a blazer or cardigan when wearing your tank tops with printed pants.

Black-Tie Gala

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If you get the opportunity to dress up for a fancy soiree, take a sartorial risk and go for the plunge. Like actress Lily Collins, you may opt for a sunset-inspired gown with a sexy tube cut that will reveal your sexy collarbones. When going for V-neckline, remember that a navel-grazing deep-V tends to work best with a diminutive chest, so you’ll have to experiment with what works best for your own figure.

Casual Street Style

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You have the choice whether to go sexy or conservative on your street looks. However, always be careful showing too much skin, especially in public places or even cities you’re not acquainted with, to avoid giving a bad impression.

Girl’s Night Out

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If you plan to grab some Friday night drinks with the girls, this is one occasion when you can really flaunt it. Go for flattering V-neckline as low as you feel comfortable with! A chic jumpsuit topped with a leather jacket scream edgy and sexy at the same time that you might want to go for.

Dinner Date

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If you’re meeting a guy for the first time, you might want to wear a flirtatious outfit that shows off just the right amount of skin. Skip those V-necks that feel too risqué and intimidating for your date. If you’d like a little more coverage, just layer a camisole underneath.


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Avoid racy low-cut dresses and brightly-colored outfits when you’re attending a semi-formal wedding, since you don’t want to look flashy and upstage the bride. Instead, you can still expose plenty of skin in an elegant, feminine way with a flattering neckline and hemline. By taking these things into consideration, you’ll be able to dress up appropriately for every occasion you’re going to.

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