The Most Flattering Way To Style Your Hair Based On Your Outfit

Instead of scrambling for the perfect accessories to elevate your look, style your hair based on this one detail in your outfit and watch how it completely transforms your appearance.

By Simone Sydel5 min read
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Pairing your outfit with the perfect accessories can create a cohesive look that enhances all the right details. However, even when you have the right accessories, there are times when there's just something missing, but you can't really put your finger on what it is. Well, according to Thanya W (@thanyaw_), a style influencer with over one million followers on TikTok, styling your hair according to your outfit's neckline might be the detail you're overlooking.

Through a multiple-part series in which she styles her hair according to different necklines, Thanya shows us how hairstyle, even more than accessories, can elevate your outfit and make everything come together seamlessly. And the difference is nothing short of amazing, especially when you consider how effortless it is to achieve.

So, how should you style your hair based on your outfit’s neckline? Below, we will provide some tips and tricks that will not only help you feel put together but also make a statement with your overall look while saving you time and effort.

1. Spaghetti Strap

Perfect pairing: Front-frame strand updo.

Why it works: The delicate spaghetti straps on a dress or top are the perfect match for a front-frame strand updo. This hairstyle keeps your hair away from your shoulders, allowing the focus to remain on the clothing while the front strands framing your face add a soft and feminine touch to the look.

Avoid: Overwhelming the outfit with loud, bold statement jewelry, as it can distract from its simplicity and elegance.

Style it: To style the perfect front-frame strand updo, simply brush out two small sections of hair from the front of your head and twist the rest of it back into a somewhat loose but well-secured bun.

2. Square Neck or U-Shape

Perfect pairing: Sleek side part bun.

Why it works: A square neckline or U-shape accentuates your collarbone and shoulders, while an asymmetric side bun balances out the overly squarish look and keeps the focus on your upper body. This look can be paired with dainty stud earrings to balance out the somewhat sporty feel of the clothing piece and turn it into the perfect evening look.

Avoid: Chunky statement jewelry near the neckline, as it can draw too much attention to the already well-defined shape of the neckline.

Style it: To achieve a sleek side part bun, part your hair on one side and gather it to the back, keeping it tight and secure with bobby pins. Use a smoothing cream or serum to keep any flyaways in place and ensure a sleek finish.

3. V-Neck

Perfect pairing: Pulled back.

Why it works: A V-neck is a classic neckline that elongates the neck and draws attention to the face. A pulled-back hairstyle, whether in a sleek ponytail, low or mid-hair bun, or even half-up half-down, complements the V-neck by emphasizing its clean lines and adding a touch of sophistication to the look. This pairing is perfect for both casual and formal occasions.

Avoid: Hairstyles that cover the neckline, such as side-swept or wavy hair, as they can detract from the clean and elongated look of a V-neck.

Style it: To achieve a pulled-back hairstyle, start by smoothing out your hair with a brush and securing it into a ponytail, bun, or clip that sits in the middle of your head. Use hairspray or bobby pins to tame any flyaways and create a polished finish.

4. Sweetheart

Perfect pairing: Side part, half-up half-down.

Why it works: A sweetheart neckline draws attention to the upper body and décolletage, making it the perfect pairing for a pulled-back side part hairstyle. This style keeps your hair away from the face, highlighting your neckline and adding a touch of elegance to the overall look.

Avoid: Too much volume or curls in the hair, as it can detract from the sleekness of the delicate neckline and create a busy, mismatched look.

Style it: Create a deep side part in your hair and clip back each side with bobby pins. Use a texturizing spray or pomade to add definition and hold to the style.

5. Boat Neckline

Perfect pairing: French twist.

Why it works: A neat updo like a French twist keeps the neckline visible and uncluttered, emphasizing the elegant horizontal line. Pair this style with midi drop earrings for a classic and polished look.

Avoid: Layering necklaces or adding additional or particularly long accessories around the neckline, as it can distract from the piece's clean and simple aesthetic.

Style it: To showcase the neckline, sweep hair back into a smooth French twist and pin the extra hair with a few bobby pins, depending on the length and thickness.

6. Collar (Collared Shirt)

Perfect pairing: Half-up half-down with a claw clip.

Why it works: A simple hairstyle keeps the focus on the structured detail of the collar without competing for attention. Pair this style with the it-girl Bayonetta glasses for the ultimate office siren look.

Avoid: Loose hair or an elaborate hairstyle, as it can clash with the clean, sharp, and tailored look of a collared shirt.

Style it: To balance the formality of the collar, grab a simple claw clip and gather the top section of hair into a half-up style, leaving the rest of the hair down. This effortless yet chic hairstyle will complement the collar and add a touch of femininity to your outfit.

7. Cowl Neckline

Perfect pairing: Soft waves.

Why it works: The draped nature of the cowl neck pairs well with a flowing hairstyle that mimics its softness. Pair this style with a delicate pendant necklace to complete the romantic look.

Avoid: Signature earpieces, as they can clash with the effortless hairstyle and the delicate nature of the cowl neckline.

Style it: For an effortlessly chic look, use a curling wand to create loose waves, which will be soft and romantic.

8. Halter Neckline

Perfect pairing: Slicked back bun.

Why it works: When paired together, the hallmark of the ultra-popular "clean girl look" and the classic summer top will create the ultimate evening-by-the-beach ensemble that will make you stand out on your vacation.

Avoid: Anything that covers the neck or adds bulk to the top of the head, as it can take away from the sleek and elongating effect of the halter neckline.

Style it: To achieve the "clean girl look," comb your hair back from the face and into a tight bun. Use gel, setting wax, or hairspray to keep any flyaways in place, creating a sleek and polished look that complements the halter neckline perfectly.

9. One-Shoulder

Perfect pairing: Behind-the-ear tuck.

Why it works: The asymmetrical design of a one-shoulder neckline is beautifully complemented by the behind-the-ear tuck, which adds balance and creates a sleek and polished look. Pair it with loud and chunky earrings for a fun and edgy touch.

Avoid: Asymmetrical hairstyles that cover one side of the face, as it can take away from the unique and eye-catching nature of a one-shoulder neckline.

Style it: To achieve the behind-the-ear tuck, simply tuck one or both sides of your hair behind your ear and secure it with a bobby pin. However, if you want to add a fun flair to the look, you can go with a wet and slicked-back style by using a strong hold gel or mousse.

10. Off-the-Shoulder

Perfect pairing: Loose curls.

Why it works: These hairstyles enhance the romantic and feminine allure of the off-shoulder design and are perfectly complemented by a dainty necklace for a touch of elegance.

Avoid: Elaborate hairstyles and loud jewelry that can clash with an off-the-shoulder neckline's soft and delicate nature.

Style it: Use a styling hot brush or rollers to create the perfect loose curls that add that bombshell volume and texture to your hair.

11. Round Neck

Perfect pairing: Sleek half-up half-down.

Why it works: The sleek and simple half-up half-down hairstyle is the perfect match for a round neckline, creating an elegant and refined look that is perfectly complemented by a pair of minimalistic stud earrings.

Avoid: Necklaces, as they can make the round neckline look slightly off, along with elaborate or messy hairstyles, as they can distract from the clean and simple design.

Style it: Use a straightening iron or flat brush to smooth out your hair, then gather the top half into a ponytail and secure it with an elastic. For extra sleekness, you can use a styling gel or hairspray.

12. Crew Neck

Perfect pairing: Half-up.

Why it works: Similarly to a round neckline, a half-up hairstyle perfectly matches a crew neck. However, since crew necks can come in slightly chunkier designs, opting for a half-up hairstyle with some volume or texture can add balance and create a more flattering look.

Avoid: Avoid necklaces that can make the neckline look slightly off, and opt for minimalistic jewelry instead.

Style it: Use a texture foam or mist to add volume and texture to your hair, then gather the top half into a ponytail or bun. For a bohemian look, you can loosen up the top section and create soft waves instead of a sleek ponytail.

13. High Neck or Turtleneck

Perfect pairing: High ponytail.

Why it works: The high and sleek ponytail creates a sophisticated look that complements the clean and structured design of a high neck or turtleneck. This hairstyle also allows you to show off statement earrings without being overshadowed by loose hair.

Avoid: Low ponytails, as they can take away from the elongating effect of a high neck or turtleneck.

Style it: Use a brush and some hairspray to smooth out any bumps or flyaways, then gather your hair into a high ponytail using an elastic. For extra sleekness, you can use a styling gel or mousse. You can also wrap a small strand of hair around the base of the ponytail to hide the elastic and add a touch of elegance.

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