by admin on March 7, 2012

some necklines

we have been learning about lines in our fashion class.  the subject of lines is amazingly complex.  there are straight lines, curved lines, horizontal lines, vertical lines, and oblique lines.  then there are an infinite (well maybe not quite) number of combinations and permutations of the above.  each type of line/combination of line effects how a garment makes one look.

most of us know that vertical lines tend to make one look taller and thinner, while horizontal lines tend to make one look shorter and wider.  esme learned, for instance, that many men’s sport shirts have horizontal patterns to make the chest look broader.  and most women, not wanting to add girth to their hips or thighs, know to avoid horizontal stripes on pants and skirts.

however, esme learned that lines are more complicated than they look.  first of all,  lines include not only the lines in a fabric, but also the structural lines of a garment:  that is, darts, seams, waist-lines, hem-lines, shoulder-lines and neck-lines.

let’s take necklines.  over the last year or so, esme has been painfully aware of the dominance of wide, sometimes off-the-shoulder necklines.  these tend to make the shoulder/bust look wider and are quite flattering on narrow-chested people.  many of us swimmers, au contraire, would rather diminish our shoulders, and have had a hard time finding flattering necklines.  many is the top i’ve rejected because the neckline is wrong.  esme’s fashion teacher made an interesting suggestion—try breaking up the horizontal shoulder line with a camisole whose straps create verticality.

of course, if you’re narrow on top, snap up these wide-necked, boat-necked, scoop-necked tops while you can.  and go for the gold–add some horizontal stripes while you’re at it (they’re totally in style)!

walking a fine line,



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