Fashion Spotlight: High Necklines

The most amazingly modest trend of the season: The high neckline
Looks like B-town has grown tired of the all the cleavage parade on red carpets. What makes us say so? Take a good look around! Modest necklines and demure outfits are all the rage right now. Plunging necklines have given way to boat and crew necks. So, bye-bye décolletage and hello high necklines!
Let’s begin with those who hit the right note. Neha Dhupia went the monochrome route (one that she has been taking a lot of late) in a crop top and skirt that made for a simple yet striking look. Sonakshi Sinha stunned in a ruffled jumpsuit by Shantanu and Nikhil, and her stylist can pat herself on the back for this one. On the other hand, Sonam Kapoor sported an Anamika Khanna number. Now a lot of people might not be on board with the sharara but Sonam wears this ensemble with aplomb. Wait, what? Did you say that we’re partial to Sonam and everything she wears? Woah, go easy on the judgements there! Okay fine, you know what? The outfit might’ve been somewhat garish and the earrings over-the-top. But she looked good! And notice how all three went with slicked-back hair? Extra points to the ladies for drawing attention to the necklines and in turn, their pretty faces.
The cover-up game is not everyone’s cup of tea. Case in point: Huma Qureshi. Now if you have a long neck, narrow face and small chest — Congratulations, high-necks are for you! However, if you’re curvy or have a broad frame, these necklines can make you look bigger than you are, and not to mention, older than your years. That’s exactly what happened to Huma. And then there’s Dia Mirza channelling Simi Garewal. The trick is to balance the classic neckline with youthful accessories and have fun, and not look like a frumpy mom.
Now if too much of classiness can make you look old, on the flip-side, excessive funkiness can make you look kiddish, in a trying-too-hard-to-look-young-and-fun way. Take for instance, Nargis and Jacqueline. Twice as nice… not! The flimsy Archana Kochhar top and flared skirt brings the words ‘school girl’ and ‘cosplay’ to mind. Even Jacqueline’s perky personality and Nargis’ hot bod couldn’t do much to save the look. We’ve seen the ladies do better. And the part-denim-part-shimmer Payal Singhal maxi with cut-out shoulders is, well, never mind. Next one, please.

Even the queen of cleavage, Malaika Arora Khan, has given her nod to the trend, albeit with her sexy touch that came in the form of a rather large keyhole cut-out. She was all sugar-and-spice in a floor-grazing Michael Kors gown which fit her like a glove. Freida Pinto nailed the trend by making her high-neck top edgy with an Amrapali necklace. Lastly, Kajol’s relaxed Zara top and fitted pants made for a great casual look. Kudos to her for keeping it classy and chic, so yes, go ahead, girl, and clap for yourself. 

High-necks have become a popular choice for desi looks too. Take resident fashionistas Sonam and Jacqueline, for instance. One is definitely dressier than the other, but they both look sweet. And guess what, even Vidya Balan is taking risks and rocking a minimalist sari. Now isn’t that a welcome change?

Now that we’ve inferred that high-necklines are having a moment and are here to stay, it’s safe to say that now is a good time to invest in some of those. So go, get some high-necks right away and make your closet happy.
By Apoorva Singh


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