To V-Neck or Not to V-Neck? Added photos without sweater underneath

In honor of Angie's blog post I searched to see if I had any V-necks for this season. I found a perfect weight one for today's warmer temperatures, texture rich.
But... Is it a nay for my body? I have on a Joie cream mixed media sweater under it, pearls to help fill in the neckline. As the photos go on I added layers for out-of-doors, a warm scarf and satin puffer vest with furry hood detail. Please let me know what you think. Is the whole thing too maximal? Too bah? Should I pass on the V-neck?
ETA: last 2 photos of sweater with lower neckline tank under it.

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  • JAileen replied 1 year ago

    The main reason I don't prefer a v neck is if I lean over you can see my navel, and I get cold in winter. Your outfit solves both of those issues. I do have a couple of v neck sweaters that I put a tee under. I love your layering, and the boots are really great. Don't get rid of any parts of this outfit. Instead, repeat it!

  • Jane replied 1 year ago

    Great layering and I love the look!

  • smittie replied 1 year ago

    I think it looks great. I particularly like the tonal outfit with all the layering. I might switch the bag for something that repeats the tones of the outfit so that you have a fully cream/beige outfit.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I think this is a nice tonal and textural outfit, which is not too maximal to my eye (not that there's anything wrong with maximal to me). The layer definitely minimizes the effect of the v neck.

  • always trying replied 1 year ago

    great look.  perfect layering.  the pearls add a nice touch.

  • rachylou replied 1 year ago

    I like it... but I think you're cheating, Joy. Lol. The tee under is a high scoop neck. I'm gonna steal that idea!

    Ok. Maybe only I think that was funny. I'm v-neck phobic. This will be a challenge for me, like whiteout...

  • Angie replied 1 year ago


    V's aren't your best neckline, Joy. But you have masterfully doctored this to work. You clever thing. NICE. 

  • Style Fan replied 1 year ago

    I love this outfit.  Love the cream tones.  Gorgeous on you.  I wouldn't call this a v neck outfit because of the crew neck top underneath but it is your call. 

  • chewyspaghetti replied 1 year ago

    I like it

  • cindysmith replied 1 year ago

    I like it. It's kind of monochromatic, the base layer solved any issues with cold air or prying eyes

  • Sal replied 1 year ago

    I like it too.

    Interestingly I like it with the necklace, and then with the jacket and scarf, but less so with the scarf and no jacket.  I am not sure why.

    I think the layering works well, it is subtle being tonal.  You wear light neutrals so very well.

  • Suz replied 1 year ago

    It's gorgeous, a fabulous textural mix, and you cleverly cheated to make the neckline work! 

  • RobinF replied 1 year ago

    I like it! The boots are fab!

  • Firecracker replied 1 year ago

    This outfit is super fab. I like the sweater on you, and I think you've made it work well by layering with the crew-neck tee. I like it even better with the scarf, which obscures the v-neck, though. I like your repetition of snakeskin in the booties and bag, with the bag echoing the dark pants as well. Such a beautiful look overall!

  • replied 1 year ago

    That's an awesome outfit. You did a great job with the layering.

  • Aziraphale replied 1 year ago

    It's an awesome outfit, but with that top underneath it, it doesn't read as a v-neck -- especially since the two tops are close to the same colour. You'd need to have skin showing to get the v-neck look, I think. :-)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    My reception is iffy today so I am going to respond a little at a time.
    First thank you all for your encouragement and thoughts. As Angie observed,V necks are not my best and I usually avoid them. This sweater was an impulse buy some time ago. I loved the oatmeal color, texture and side zippers as well as the cotton/ linen yarn. It transcends seasons depending on what I wear under it. Therefore, I overlooked the neck shape.
    BC, thank you. Putting on and removing layers can be so useful in staying comfortable through the day. I dog walked with all the layers shown but now, inside about 2pm, I'm comfortable without the scarf and vest layers. Later I will need them again.
    Firecracker, I value your thoughts. I like it best with the scarf too, which is also of a cotton/linen blend. I almost went with pewter metallic booties and bag but liked the snake booties better. The jeans are a coated grey denim and lighter than they appear in the photo but fairly dark grey.
    Robin, I love wearing these boots. They do make a statement.
    Suz, yes, this neckline will look strange on me without an under layer. I'm so glad that you think my cheat works.

  • Lyn D. replied 1 year ago

    It's is a great way to wear a sweater that might not be worn otherwise.
    Love the soft colours on you!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Thank you, Lyn and Sally, I love wearing these soft neutrals so much that sometimes I wonder if I over do it.
    Aziraphale, V-neck skin is not happening with my 70 year old neck and flat chest:)
    Cynthia, yes, I need that base layer for the reason's that you mention :)

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    JAileen, Jane, smittie, always trying and Khris, thank you for your comments and I'm glad that the layering works. Just a few minutes ago I added the scarf back because it was getting cooler with the sun going down.
    Delurked, I'm happy that the maximalism of texture and tone look ok to you.
    Rachylou, Angie and Style fan, I know that this is not the way a V neck is supposed to be worn, but it is the way that works best for me. Usually it is either an under layer or scarf/necklace rather than both, but I do cheat to wear this unflattering style of neckline. Angie, I'm thrilled that you like the pearl necklace. It was much admired today by DGS who called the pearls "Bon bons"

  • Brooklyn replied 1 year ago

    I like your cheat a lot Joy. I personally would go for just a slightly more scooped neckline underneath the V neck, if you have one. I think yours is quite a high crew neck which, to my eye, creates too much fill in, especially up around the shoulders. The outfit as a whole is super fab.

  • replied 1 year ago

    I think you look great. That necklace is gorgeous!

  • shevia replied 1 year ago

    I love the necklace too, and agree the under crew negates the v. But it all looks great with the pearls!

  • Ledonna N. replied 1 year ago

    Joy you always look great to me and this includes this fit.

    I really like the detail in the sweater but your layers cover the v-neck.

    Why is it that this type of neck does not look good on you?

    I do think that the v-neck and the sweater underneath compete with each other.

  • shedev replied 1 year ago

    I love the textures in this outfit. I say to Vee.

  • anne replied 1 year ago

    Great tonal outfit. Love the cheat and taking notes, as a fellow member of the flat chest club!

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Brooklyn, thank you for the suggestion. I agree that lower neckline under the V would look better. I have tank tops with that neckline to wear as an under layer but not a sleeved tee. A wardrobe hole.
    Sweet Ledonna, you can have no idea how hard it is to look good with a flat chest. I look like a boy in V necks. In fact, my chest does not fill out scoop necks either, so that if I bend a bit, the whole neckline gapes forward and I may as not well be wearing a top. I have had some. Dry embarrassing photos taken and put on Facebook where I am bending over a bit to pet a dog. Higher necklines seem to visually enhance the chest, maybe because there is a greater expanse of fabric. I love the looks of low necklines on others.

  • AJ replied 1 year ago

    Stylish, textural layering!  I likey!  

  • gradfashionista replied 1 year ago

    Wonderful combo of textures and lines. It looks fabulous on you. On my phone, the crew and sweater are low contrast, so I had to go back and double check the cut of the necklines. With that necklace, I think the crew-v combo looks better than the v alone.

    Like JAileen, I've had many bad experiences with exposing my navel. I stopped wearing them for years because it was hard to find v necks appropriate for smaller chests and narrow shoulders. For those modifiers, the v neck should be shallow and broad, as opposed to long and narrow.

  • Mirjana replied 1 year ago

    I like your idea to wear V neck, I usually wear shirt under but your first picture with necklace is great. The necklace is so beautiful so wear this with pleasure.

  • Joy replied 1 year ago

    Miranda, thank you. I am thrilled that Angie has shown that pearls can be worn smart casually so we can enjoy them more. AJ, I love your enthusiasm.
    gradfashionista, you are wise. I will try to find high wide V-necks. For tanks and other under layers with low necklines I have sized down so that they fit tightly and don't gape. I know in the past that there have been tops that work but did not think to analyze why.

  • bonnie replied 1 year ago

    I really like this outfit, too.

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