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7 Days and 7 Ways! Shift your morning mindset and unlock the power of your unique style with this daily creative style exercise.

Kid Cudi photo courtesy of GQ.com … and look! It’s a double breasted jacket too!

It has become increasingly obvious to me, as my last 3 clients have been men, that most men are not so keen to how their style affects their overall look. Sometimes it’s the littlest of details that can change everything!

So today’s lesson is about the value of V-necks. Why? Because the V-neck has the power to make you look slimmer, taller, and proportional to your body frame by drawing the eyes upward toward your face!

So let’s start with the basics. A crew neck tee shirt is one where the ribbed neckline makes a circular shape around your neckline. Sometimes these are called “jewel necks” too. We typically see them in vintage tees, graphic tees, undershirts and baseball tees (you know the ones with the contrast color neckline?) Those are crew necks. And hopefully when I say V-neck, you know exactly what I mean. It’s a shirt that has a neckline shaped like a “V”.

Well, there is a lot of value that the basic V-neck holds and I wanted to share that with you all. So here is an easy chart…

(Yes, I made an easy chart… And yes, it’s so much more fun this way, no?)

 

CONCEPTCREW NECKV-NECK
THE NECK
  • Cuts off the visual of your neck
  • Shorter necks look even shorter
  • Men with round faces look even rounder.
  • Elongates the look of your neck
  • Short necks look longer and more proportionate.
  • Shorter men can actually look taller because it draw the eyes up to show more skin & neck length.
 DIAGONAL LINES
  •  Crew necks don’t have diagonal lines (an obvious statement).
  • Diagonal lines are slimming.
  • Diagonal lines make the eyes follow them wherever they go.  They draw the eyes up toward your face.
 FRAMING THE FACE
  •  A circular crew neck accentuates a very round face.  Meaning: round faces and wide faces look rounder and wider.
  •  A V-neck offsets round and wide faces by creating length and angular lines making the faces look instantly slimmer and leaner.
  • V-necks also create styling harmony with our chin lines.
 THE STYLE
  •  Crew necks can be cool and worn best for taller men with longer necks.
  • If you are on the shorter side, try to wear Crew necks that are close in color level with your skin tone so that the widening crew neck isn’t shocking to the eye
  • Light Skinned:  try light heather grey, white/cream/ or sky blue
  • Dark Skinned: try charcoal, black or navy.
  •  V-necks have a more contemporary approach in their style; they read hipper and edgier as a shirt.
  • V-necks are inherently sexier to the female…
  • The perfect V should hit you right at the center of your chest.
  • Pairing a contrast V-neck under your button front shirt can create an edgy style, even with a loosely knotted tie over all of that.
 WHERE TO BUY
  •  No recommendations here… please see V-neck column *wink wink*
  •  I’m a huge fan of Banana Republic V-neck tees.
  • They come in a bunch of colors (check in stores too… they’ll have more colors/sizes there)
  • The fabrication is nicer than your average American Apparel Cotton (meaning: it upgrades your look.)
  • You don’t look like you’re wearing your sleep shirt in public. Remember – your image and visual package everything!

 

Now, if you have questions, you know where to find me! Just email me and we can set up a “quickie” phone session to help you uncover and discover quick styling tips that are going to be right for you! Contact me at: Laurie@lauriebstyle.com to set up your appointment today. Mention this blog and get 15 minutes free for the hour session! Happy #MenswearMonday!