Do Boatneck Tops Make Me Look Fat?

From the book “100 Ways to Look Fat” – Baloney Concept #8 – Boatneck tops make you look fat.  Huh?

A boatneck is a neckline that moves almost straight across the shoulders with very little dip at center front.  It forms a very dominant horizontal shoulder emphasis that is a strong look on virtually any figure type.  And it anchors attention away from any unwanted fullness at the bust, hip, tummy or thigh.  What can possibly be bad about that?

There ARE two potential downsides of this styling:

#1 – Some boat necklines are too wide to allow a shoulder shape to fit underneath.  For a figure with very narrow or sloping shoulders that could be a deal breaker.

#2 – Many boatneck tops are made in bold horizontal stripes, which can be a questionable choice for top-heavy figures.  But for gals with smaller upper bodies  that bit of widening up-top can be a great figure balancer.

boatneck top

The example above hits all the right features – enough shoulder seam width to conceal a small shoulder shape, plus the stripe detail at the top of the garment, fading to a solid through the bodice.

And added points for being a subtle color contrast rather than a too-bright black-and-white mix. Would be even better with a shaped hemline or ruched sides to break up the horizontal where dark top meets light pants.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Sue P. on September 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful neckline–helps balance long necks, but narrow enough to hide straps. Great stripe design, too. Thanks!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 28, 2015 at 7:53 pm

      Glad you like it – and thanks for writing!

  2. Linda on September 29, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Where do we buy that top?

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 29, 2015 at 6:22 pm

      Sorry Linda, but that is just a representative illustration – not an item for which I can provide a shopping resource.

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