V Neck vs Crew Neck

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So I had this fun idea of having two members of our editorial team duke it out over which cut of a t-shirt is better — crew neck or v-neck. A quickly realized this was not possible as our entire edit team is Team Crew Neck. I started asking around outside our edit team, to my friends, family, strangers in the street, the local bodega guy, only to find they were also all very much on Team Crew Neck.

I mean, as I’m typing this I’m wearing a white, crew neck t-shirt. I only have a 350 square feet in my apartment, but I have a stack of white crew neck t-shirts in one of my drawers and can never resist buying one more. You know what you won’t find taking up space in my apartment? A v-neck.

So who is on Team V-Neck? Please let yourself be known! We know you must be out there somewhere!

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  • So I like V necks in theory but the problem is that it’s REALLY hard to find a good one (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg) which makes me revert to crew necks as a default. Whereas you can find good crew necks fairly easily across most price points. My ideal V neck would be a deep V, mostly cotton but with enough “flow” to not sit stiffly across the body. I think the problem is that most V necks are either too short like in the photo above, or awkwardly deep yet thin (so it looks like a pizza slice) instead of a slightly wider V.

    TBH I’ve never found the perfect V but I’ve been hoping and hoping!

  • Jane Lynch April, 29 2018, 9:42 / Reply

    I am totally team v-neck! So much more flattering to a full face and breasts. Way sexier.

  • Full bust and wide shoulders = V Neck for me. I do admire women with my body type who can rock a crew neck, but they aren’t for me.

  • I’m the captain of team v! After wearing crew next tees throughout my 20’s, I realized that I look much better in a v neck tee. Caveat: this is not a blanket rule. All my solid color tees are v’s. And they have to be the right shape of v (wide and deep) to look right on me. This applies to sweaters too. However, I can pull off a Breton boat neck and a v neck stripe tee is just not righ. Still, though, I long for a perfect white crew neck tee that looks and feels as goon on me as my v’s. I envy your stack of white crews.

  • Veronica April, 29 2018, 9:49

    Hi Rachel!

    Try one of these! I love them:

  • Michelle April, 29 2018, 9:50 / Reply

    I’ve always been team crew neck my personal preference is a nice wide u neck tee. If your looking for a great v neck the vintage cotton tees from jcrew are a TOTAL game changer. The cotton is light a bit sheer, the cut are generous and the v neck is wide. Perfect summer staple.

  • Team V…it’s the T that offers feminin flaterry to big B’s!!!

  • TEAM V NECK 4 LYFE ???

    On bigger-chested women, crew necks create that “bosom” look that I associate with my elementary school teachers.

    I’m not talking a v-neck shaped crew neck masquerading as the real deal either; I’m looking for v-necks so deep that people complain about how deep they are in the online reviews. That’s my clue that a tee will flatter my hourglass shaped figure.

    I’ll fight for a drape-y, ultra-low cut v-neck tee to the bitter end. ?

  • Team V for sure! I second that a v-neck is more flattering to a larger bust line. I buy mine from here — good cotton with a nice hand: (they have crews too!)

  • Letícia April, 29 2018, 11:34 / Reply

    It has to do with the fullness of the breast. Crew necks for smaller breasts and v necks for fuller. I am team V, all the way.

  • Elizabeth Van Wazer April, 29 2018, 12:46 / Reply

    Solved this problem with a U neck from Everlane! Now it’s my go to tee.

  • Marta M April, 29 2018, 1:46 / Reply

    No way…V neck forever .Nothing more flattering and easy put together as a V neck and jeans .

  • team boat neck/scoop-back!

    or slightly looser crew necks, I have a long neck so v-necks just look strange (and small/no boobs so they pull strangely)

  • Melissa April, 29 2018, 3:50 / Reply

    I’m team crew neck and I think it’s interesting people are saying they’re team V neck because they have a larger chest. My chest isn’t that small, but I don’t feel like V necks look right on me. And just in general, I prefer rounder shapes over sharper. So that’s another reason I don’t like wearing V necks.

  • Melissa April, 29 2018, 3:53 / Reply

    Team Crew neck because I don’t feel like V necks look right on me. It’s interesting people with a larger chest are saying they prefer V necks, since my chest isn’t that small.

  • Jessica April, 29 2018, 5:50 / Reply

    Team V neck!

    Is everyone in the Atelier office pretty thin, and on the less-busty side? Because crew necks that work for curvier women are few and far between.

    A v breaks up the mono-boob/prow effect that can happen when you have some size, and it reflects the shoulder-to-waist curve you hope people will notice. I mean, even in the pic above, the v neck bedecked gal looks curvier.

    But then, you didn’t need me to tell you that. Looks like MANY other women on Team V got there first!

  • Team V. I wish my chest was small enough for a crew. Like another person who commented above, I can only do deep and/or wide v neck or bateau / boatneck. I can also pull off turtleneck and funnel neck if it’s drapey / slouchy enough. But literally can’t do any other neck. The real question is: Boob reduction in the name of fashion?!

  • Yup, it’s all about busy size. As a 32G on an otherwise small body, a white tee with a crewneck creates a very unflattering look. I can do a crewneck in a dark color, navy or black, but for whites it’s all V’s, all the time.

  • V necks for me. Same thing: larger breasts, wider shoulders. I can wear a crew if the neckline isn’t too tight to the neck—that just makes me feel like I’m being strangled.

  • Oui moi aussi.. je préfèr le col V, plus jolie pour la décolleté et pour porter des colliers. Plus it elongates the body.. sorry trying to learn French.. your blog est trop intéressant et sort of facile de comprendre :-) merci beaucoup x

  • Melanie Steinemann April, 30 2018, 7:54 / Reply

    I prefer v-necks – they make you look taller.

  • Yvette McNair April, 30 2018, 8:17 / Reply

    For me it’s all about the “V”!! If you have a bust the crew neck can look like the breasts are fighting under a sheet! The V-neck is more flattering on busty/broader ladies. Crew neck and boatneck makes my shoulders appear too wide. Team V all the way…..!!

  • Virginie ATTAL April, 30 2018, 9:00 / Reply

    C’est surtout une question de morphologie plus que de goût. Les filles à poitrines seront plus à leur avantage dans un col V que rond. Mais comme la mode a décidé depuis un long long moment que le corps de la mode était plat et bien on trouve beaucoup plus de col rond. Il va falloir que ça change car la nouvelle génération est plutôt dotée de poitrines généreuses :-)

  • Oui… Mais je les porte à l’envers, devant-derrière!

  • Definitely crew necks for me. (I have a petite frame and a small chest.) V-necks are always just hanging off my chest and you have to be so careful about leaning over too far haha

  • Stefani April, 30 2018, 5:38 / Reply

    Crew Neck for sure! I don’t like worrying about cleavage!

  • Nellie MacDougall May, 1 2018, 3:45 / Reply

    Boat necks, boat necks, boat necks. They are the only ones for me. Not so easy to find, though. Any clues?

  • Col en V pour moi, plus dégagé, plus sexy!

  • A mix of both! I think a loose, low round neck tee is the most flattering. The jeans in this story are perfection – where are they from?

  • I love V neck – but it’s a fairly recent feeling I have to say! I’m normally crew all the way – my first style for my knitwear label STUDY 34 was a crew! V neck coming in the autumn by popular demand though and I must say I’ve loved wearing the sample…

  • Jennifer May, 2 2018, 4:21 / Reply

    V neck to balance out my long legs-short torso- large bust body type; but love the idea of a crew neck, which plays better to my tomboyish aesthetic.

  • louise May, 5 2018, 11:12 / Reply

    Who can even wear a white t shirt? I stain it in five minutes…team no white t’s.

    I can do a crew neck as long as it’s not too tight or a v neck as long it’s deep enough.

  • Katinka Goncalves May, 13 2018, 2:57 / Reply

    Team V neck, I have crew necks but with a large bust, V necks are just more flattering. I finally found the perfect T, 100% cotton, no slub and loose around the middle. I have it in every size, small is still loose and fairly long, large is very loose and needs pinning if I don’t want the “off the shoulder” look.

  • Katinka Goncalves May, 13 2018, 3:16 / Reply

    V neck! Large bust line requires it. Finally found the perfect one at Oak NYC.

  • Jane with the noisy terrier May, 16 2018, 10:16 / Reply

    I have a short neck and as I’ve gotten older, my boobs are bigger than they were in my youth, so for me, a v-neck is most flattering. It lengthens my neck and makes my chest look like I have two boobs instead of a uniboob! Now for swan-necked women with small pert breasts, a crew neck is divine!

  • Totally team v-neck. I’m a short girl with big boobs – v-necks are totally the way to go in this scenario. Crewnecks are for layering under sweaters when you want a peek of the underneath to show at the collar.


  • Great article! I like to wear v-neck t-shirts. I like this article so much. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • I also have a stash of white (and black) crew neck Ts. I don’t think Vs look good on my, as my face is a little heart-shaped, so my chin seems pointy. There’s no need to emphasize that.

  • Le col rond c’est mignon mais importable lorsque l’on a une forte poitrine, mon bonnet G et moi nous sommes Team V mais c’est un peu par défaut.

  • Small boobs look much more sexier with Vneck than crew neck! I took back my feminity thanks to V necks :)

  • V neck or boat neck for me please

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