Wearing a V-Neck: The Dos and Don’ts

Wearing a V-Neck


A v-neck is a simple neckline that has managed to maintain its popularity for the better part of a decade. There’s a lot you can do to style a v-neck, and plenty you should avoid. Today, we’re going over the dos and don’ts of wearing a v-neck.

Do: Use Your V-Neck As a Base Layer

Simple v-neck tanks or t-shirts are an excellent option to layer beneath cardigans, flannels, or other outerwear. This women’s surplice cami tank top would look great with a patterned outerpiece such as this mustard floral cardigan. Or, if your customers want a basic shirt, this white short sleeve top would pair nicely with a denim jacket. For something a little dressier, this pink crepe jacket will add some sophistication to the entire look.

Don’t: Tuck in Your V-Neck Top

V-neck tops, like this long-sleeve tunic, usually look best when they’re left untucked, as the fit complements the low neckline. There are, however, some exceptions. When layered underneath a sweater or jacket, v-necks can be tucked beneath a pair of jeans and a belt and still look stylish. Alternatively, if the v-neck is being worn by itself, tucking in a portion in the front gives a casual, laidback look that still allows some of the top to fall naturally. This black v-neck top would look fabulous with a portion tucked into a pair of mid-rise denim jeans

Do: Experiment with Different Types of V-Necks

While the term “v-neck” typically refers to a short, front-facing v-shaped neckline, there are other variations of v-necks that boutiques should consider including in their stores.

Halter top necklines, for instance, can form a v shape depending on how the straps connect behind the neck. This women’s ruffled halter neck mini dress has straps that cross in the back and form a classic v-neck in the front.

Plunging necklines are an example of a neckline that extends much lower than the typical v-neck. This kori embroidered detail mini dress has a plunging neckline that meets the elastic band in the piece’s center.

The surplice neckline is known for resembling a wrap style, where one piece of fabric overlaps another; the main difference is how a surplice piece is sewn together. Regardless, the result is a v-shaped neckline, which you can see in this example of a long sleeve surplice top.

Don’t: Limit Yourself to T-Shirts

A v-neck t-shirt is a classic, but as you’ve probably surmised from the examples we’ve linked above, there are so many other stylish options available to stock in your store! This cropped ribbed sweater is a fun fall or winter option for your customers, especially if they want a v-neck that will complement their high-waisted jeans, while this cold shoulder blouse is sure to be a favorite during warmer months.

There are more than just tops to choose from, too. This v-neck bodysuit is a gorgeous choice for a night on the town, and this patterned romper is a super cute option for a day out with friends. From dresses to jumpsuits, v-necks can be found just about anywhere. We encourage you to experiment with our options, and see what best fits your store and customers’ expectations.

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