ESC: Gigi Hadid

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Thank you, Gigi Hadid, for championing the high neckline.

You've been sporting the look since last year, with your mock-neck tees and cropped turtlenecks. Now your model squad is showing us how to wear the trend all summer long—without being a sweaty mess.

Unfortunately, because of its proportions, the high neckline can be worn oh-so wrong. How should you wear this trend? Get inspired by the model's Tommy Hilfiger Met Gala gown, and opt for an iteration that elongates your torso with vertical lines that reach from the neck to the end of the top. Because the neck is so high, accentuate the waist with a midi top and high-waist bottoms.

ESC, High Neck Line

Peter Pilotto Printed Cropped Top, $568.91

ESC: Joan Smalls

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Warning: Some high necklines can feel dowdy or dated, but unexpected cutouts placed near the neck (like those seen on Joan Smalls' stunning Balmain gown) can breathe new life to the piece. That sliver of skin keeps things feeling light and sexy. Not to mention, that extra ventilation is going to feel great in the summer heat.

ESC, High Neck Line

Topshop Cut-Out Crop Bralet, $60

ESC: Karlie Kloss

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Got broad shoulders? Halter tops are typically not your friend…until now. Karlie Kloss just inspired a genius styling tip with her Brandon Maxwell gown: Balance out your exposed shoulders with strategically placed cutouts. Rib cutouts will bring attention to your waist. Feel too exposed? Try a small, center cutout that will show a peek of your décolletage…and maybe some cleavage too. Hey, the whole point is to draw attention away from your shoulders.

 

ESC, High Neck Line

Zara Halter Neck Top, $29.90

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