It’s easy to spend hours looking for the perfect outfit, yet we often toss up our hair without a thought to the best hairstyle to compliment the neckline of the piece. Pairing any neckline with the ideal hairstyle helps you make the absolute most out of the look. (Hint: these techniques work with your wedding gown, too!)
Sweetheart necklines are those strapless and spaghetti strap tops that create a heart shape at the cleavage. This style is already bold and beautiful, and an overly ornate do is a little much. Instead of overpowering this look with elaborate curls or braids, choose a loose bun. Allow one or two strands to hang loose to soften the effect. The bun brings attention upward, highlighting the details of the dress or top.
A high neckline usually creates sharp lines, and this look is easily contrasted with a feminine updo. This style doesn’t compete with the lines of the top, just softens it. Around-the-crown braids or a twisted do pinned inside are ideal styles for this look.
The best way to wear a turtleneck is with lots of embellishments. Boldly add a vest, sweater and jewelry, and keep your hair simple so it won’t compete with the outfit. Slick your hair back and secure it with a low ponytail or pins. This is a great look to show off the shape of your face, which is often hidden behind curls and bangs.
The funky elegance of a cowl neck is the perfect complement to a French twist. Too many strands of hair around these bulky necklines creates havoc, whereas a simple updo like the French twist is elegant enough for a cowl neck, yet not so bold as to compete with the top.
The bare-all strapless dress is strikingly sexy, and some fun, feminine curls balances this look nicely. Wear your hair down and loose, with a hint of adorable girl curls. If you’ve got short hair, create enough curls around the face to balance the sexy strapless with a touch of soft femininity.
If the neckline is high in the front but scoops low in the back, you’ve got several options for styling your hair. You can let it hang neatly down your back, pinning it away from your face. Or, you can frame the trendy fishtail braid with the scoop of the back. Another option is to show off the intricate work of the top with a high ponytail, which is both elegant and girlish.
Some modern styles are baggy and loose, lending perfectly to one of today’s hottest trends – the fishtail braid. Wear it as a side braid to offset the balance of the blousy top or dress. This look is just hitting the runways, and you’ll be on the cutting edge of fashion this season.
Illusion tops and dresses actually fit like a high neckline, but reveal more skin with see-through fabrics or beaded embellishments. It’s tempting to treat illusion tops like high necks, but the best compliment is a half updo. This pulls volume upward, calling attention to the ornate top, but softens the super sexy appeal with some feminine curls.
The secret to pairing the perfect hairstyle to any neckline is balance. Choose loose, casual curls to soften sophisticated styles and outfits with sharp lines. To add structure to looser fits and more casual choices, go with a sophisticated updo or French twist. Always alternate high and low hairstyles when using ponytail holders, so you don’t overwear and damage your locks.