Did you know that the best necklines for you will depend on your face shape, neck length and the balance you need to create with your torso in comparison to your hips?

A high neckline creates a horizontal influence (Enhancing) and a low (open) neckline creates a vertical influence (Minimising).

Cowl necklines can create horizontal or vertical influence depending on where they sit. Also depending on how bulky the fabric is. The more extra fabric, the more volume they add, making your face and neck look shorter.

Alba Gomez Cowl Necklines

Like mine in the photo above, it sits high and in a rounded position making my face look shorter. This will also add volume to your torso. In my case perfect! As I have a long face and a torso to enhance in order to balance my wide hips.

One thing to consider when wearing thicker fabrics and higher cowl necks is that they look better when wearing your hair up. Also, notice my earrings are small so they are not competing to fit in the small space I have between my ears and the beginning of the extra fabric on my neck.

Alba Gomez Cowl Necklines

However, if your face is more rounded or square and you don't exactly have a long neck, you want to stick to cowl necklines that are in soft thin fabrics that sit on a "V" creating more of a vertical influence. The same applies if you have a large bust line you want to minimise. Stick to something similar to this one on the right.

I wore this outfit to see clients. Because it was a cold day I am wearing leggings and boots. Sorry, I cut them off in this picture. But for summer days I wear the dress on its own.

Dress: H&M, Belt: Cue, Watch: Michael Kors, Bracelet and earrings: A gorgeous shop in Melbourne that has closed down.