Rejoice for new necklines! Here’s a delectable selection.

While SS19 comes with a seductive bite in updated palettes of juniper and seaweed and peppered with feminine pastels, the focus now is on new, exciting necklines. Think of it as a revolutionary springtime (sustainable*) wardrobe hack.

*All brands featured create their garments with the environment in mind.

Square

Left; the Japanese GoWeave cami slip dress by Everlane, €47.17 at everlane.com. Middle; moon top by Mara Hoffman, €510.93 at marahoffman.com. Right; overland top by Reformation, €87.23 at thereformation.com.

If eyebrows frame the face then consider the theory that the sensual lines of the décolletage act as the canvas of the upper body. And it’s ready for your creative genius.

Once a silhouette worn by popular ‘90s television characters, the laid-back cool of a square neck allows for more playful detailing. For instance, a lace trim on a square neck creates a stylish juxtaposition between the austerity of a high neck and the frivolity of girlish lace, whereas, on a classic V-neck, a lace trim can look fussy and a little trashy. Because of course a V-neck draws the eye directly to a woman's breasts, so any overtly feminine trimmings or detailing begin to look a little boudoir-like, and not in a fashionable Sharon Wauchob or Burberry Prorsum sort of way. Go simple and classic with a sleek slip dress, like the yellow one above from sustainable brand Everlane, and let smart accessorising do the talking.


Sweetheart

Left; Rene top in tomato by Staud Clothing, €173.37 at staud.clothing. Middle; Tess bustier by Amur, €220.49 at amur.com. Right; conical bra top by Tome, €154.48 at tomenyc.com.

The sweetheart neckline is ultimately the world’s sexiest and most accentuating cut. The style boomed in popularity with Hollywood’s elite during the 1950’s and enjoyed a boost in acclaim thanks to Princess Diana’s infamous ‘revenge’ dress created by Christina Stambolian.

Now, brands like Moschino, Chalayan and Staud have this season adopted a modern take, giving this retro cut a very contemporary feel. Ever the pragmatist, if you’re keen on wearing a sweetheart bustier this summer but shudder at the thought of bare chest and arms, simply team it together with a plain white T-shirt beneath.


Asymmetrical

Left; Marty bustier by Amur, €256.95 at amur.com. Middle; cooper cold-shoulder cotton-blend poplin top by Hellessey, €670 at net-a-porter.com. Right; one shoulder tuck dress by Victoria Beckham, €565 at victoriabeckham.com.

The asymmetrical cut has a heavy presence across this season’s biggest show and brings with it added drama and breathes sexiness and seductiveness. At Gabriela Hearst, soft flowing and feminine shapes cascaded the catwalk in fluorescent white, while at Nico Panda, Andrea and Nicola Formichetti’s sleek cut-out necklines give their disco-inspired, one-piece suits a powerful play on an 80’s-era classic.

Don’t give asymmetrical the cold shoulder this summer until you’ve tried it.

Niamh O'Donoghue