The term scoop neck refers to a specific type of neckline that an item of clothing may have, for example, on a dress or a t-shirt.
An item of clothing that has a scoop-style neck has a rounded neckline that dips down to reveal some portion of the upper chest. While a standard top has the neckline ending right at the base of the neck, a scoop neck top has a neckline that ends below that point.
While the depth of the scoop neck can vary, the general shape of it is usually one or two ways. The first is a semi-circle; the other is a U-shaped neckline. The two styles are relatively similar and are seen on everything from t-shirts to evening gowns. This type of neckline may be found on both men's and women's clothing.
When choosing a scoop neck top, it is important to consider the occasions for which it may be worn. Although it is acceptable in almost any job, working in a conservative environment could require a higher neckline. For hotter temperatures, a lower neckline may be better as it could feel less restricting.
For women, wearing a scoop neck top also requires an appropriate bra to go underneath. For a neckline that is high to medium, an everyday bra more often than not will be acceptable. For a lower or a U-shaped top, a scoop or plunge bra may work better so there is no chance of the bra being seen.
Choosing a necklace to wear with the scoop neck can be a bit challenging. When choosing a necklace, the base of the chain or the pendant should not fall right on the neckline. The chain or the pendant can fall on the shirt itself; however, depending on the style of necklace, it may look better falling above the neckline.
Considering some shirts have a tendency to not stay in one place, when putting on the necklace, test where it will fall on the neckline by pulling the neckline up and down as far as it can go, then let it fall into place.
A scoop neck top can be a comfortable option for those that do not want to wear a neckline too high. With the several variations of the depth, there are plenty of choices for those that are not comfortable wearing, or simply cannot wear, a lower neckline. No matter what the preference, there are options and styles that almost everyone can be happy with.