This Is the Most Flattering Neckline


Maybe it has something to do with Outlander, the lusty Starz show set in 18th century Scotland that developed a serious cult following. Caitriona Balfe’s Victorian costumes and corsetry were almost as appealing as Sam Hueghan wearing, well, not much of anything.

Outlander Season 4 Claire and Jamie


And then there’s The Favourite, the critically acclaimed Victorian comedy centered around capital L ladies Rachel Weisz and Emma Stone vying for the ear of Queen Anne, played by Olivia Colman. All that scheming in such flattering décolletage-exposing bodices.

Emma Stone The Favourite

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That low, square neckline is flattering as hell, particularly for those of us without long swan necks. Brands like Doen and Orseund Iris seem to be at the center of The Neckline’s (TM) contemporary resurgence, but there are an abundance of them lately, and all of them, mercifully, without the constricting bones and laces of actual corsets.

It’s one of the silhouettes our office has wordlessly hive-minded around—I wore a square neck Doen dress with a ruched bodice on repeat all summer, and then Mia wore a colder-weather version from & Other Stories in the fall. We all nodded in mutual appreciation of Alyssa Coscarelli’s are u am i bodysuit: Yes, this is good.

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