5 Completely Different Ways To Rock A Plunging Neckline

Even the boldest dressers have an unspoken list of trends they claim just aren't for them. And chances are, whether you think you're too flat-chested or too full-chested — or have a completely different reason for avoiding the plunging neckline entirely — this tricky style tends to sit right at the top of the "Nope, not happening" list of many people's most feared clothing-related risks.

The good news, however, is that (surprise!) you don't have to go full-on J.Lo to introduce "the plunge" into your wardrobe. And what better occasion than New Year's Eve to face the look head-on — and style it however you feel most comfortable? Since you have the option to ease into things with a full-coverage V-neck — or say, "Hello, world," with a sexier, deeper option — it's actually quite simple to find a variation that isn't scary and even works for you.

To learn how to style five very different levels of the plunging neckline, click ahead. And don't forget the one rule that doesn't change, regardless of how deep your V goes: Double-sided tape is your new best friend.

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Level 1: The Button-Up
Easing into a plunging neckline is easy when it's adjustable: This front-button maxi-dress allows you to cover up (or uncover, really) as much skin as you feel comfortable with. Make this sparkly piece evening-ready with a suede mule, a moto jacket, and metallic accessories that mirror the details of the dress.

H&M
Chiffon Dress, $59.99 $24.99, available at H&M; 3.1 Phillip Lim Cube Mule, $450, available at 3.1 Phillip Lim; Zara Faux Leather Jacket, $69.90, available at Zara; & Other Stories Snake Embossed Chain Bag, $145, available at & Other Stories; Rachael Ryen Jewelry 3 Stone Bar Necklace, $88, available at Rachael Ryen Jewelry.
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Level 2: The Choker-Tank
This V-neck, spaghetti-strap top will definitely show some cleavage, but the attached skinny scarf detail can add a layer of comfort for those still feeling iffy about exposing extra skin. Plus, this untraditional take on your average tank makes for a unique going-out look — especially when paired with flared jeans and contrasting, crisp white pumps.

Topshop
Plunge V-Neck Tie Cami, $35, available at Topshop; Alexander Wang Trap Boot-Cut Cropped Jean, $275, available at Alexander Wang; Jeffrey Campbell Merrit in Cream, $155, available at Need Supply; Forever 21 Luna Norte Four-Bar Cuff Ring, $15, available at Forever 21; Loéil Amor Needle Bag, $58, available at Loéil.
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Level 3: The More-Revealing Wrap
Push the plunge to the next level by opting for a dress that features a lower-cut neckline and a flattering wrap silhouette. And while this shimmery frock can pretty much be worn by itself, it's just as fun to rock it with a cool sock-and-bootie combo, a quirky clutch, and some classic gold earrings. You'll be getting the most compliments at the party, hands down.

Mango
Metallic Dress, $79.99 $59.99, available at Mango; M.Gemi The Andare, $398, available at M.Gemi; & Other Stories Heartened Nylon Socks, $10, available at & Other Stories; Lulu Guinness Rachel Face Clutch Bag, $171, available at ASOS; Vrai & Oro Small Hoop Earrings, $130, available at Vrai & Oro.
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Level 4: The Super-Deep Tunic
Okay — we're officially stepping into the big leagues. This piece can be worn as a minidress or a layered tunic (versatility, people!), but its serious plunge is undeniable. Balance out the statement-making top with a sophisticated trouser and menswear-inspired loafer, and, if you're not ready to go bare, feel free to throw on a lacy bra or bandeau underneath. And since your look is already packing a punch, adding a set of oversized earrings is just the finishing touch.

H&M
V-neck Dress, $59.99, available at H&M; H&M Slacks, $34.99, available at H&M; Dune London Gloria in Black, $139 $97, available at Dune London; Charles & Keith Metal Frame Bucket Bag, $59.90 $47.90, available at Charles & Keith; Front Row Shop Lovely Leaves Resin Ear Clips, $38 $30.40, available at Front Row Shop.
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Level 5: The Sexy Bodysuit
You've come a long way, young grasshopper. You're ready to take the full plunge. Try a deep V-neck velvet bodysuit that shows off what you've got — while still feeling like everything's being held in place. To balance things out, wear it with some culottes and a sexy heel. If you're looking for an extra splash, keep something to throw on top nearby, like a sleeveless duster coat.

Topshop
Velvet Plunge Bodysuit, $45, available at Nordstrom; Tibi Pleated Culottes, $350, available at Tibi; Mango Deconstructed High Heel Shoes, $59.99, available at Mango; Poppy Lissiman Emerald Evil Eye Clutch, $80, available at Poppy Lissiman; Dorothy Perkins Curve Black Sleeveless Duster Coat, $57 $39, available at Dorothy Perkins.
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