Val's view: V is for V-neck

Looking for a flattering neckline in a dress, top or bathing suit?

The most universally flattering neckline is a V-neck, because it shows skin and elongates the neck.

Here's a twist that makes a V-neck even more flattering: A knot detail right below the V that pulls in the fabric in all the right places and releases the fabric in the right places, too.

Case in point: The sleeveless striped dresses by Kristin Crenshaw at Anthony's, the women's fashion leader. The fabric of the dress is knotted right below the bustline, creating a slimming look because it accentuates the slimmest part of the body – the area just below the bust – and flares out below.

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The Sunrise Skirted Swimsuit by Ceeb also has a banding right at the bodice, to show off the slimmest part of the body. This bathing suit has a really fun skater bottom, too – it will be perfect for the "Flower Power" cruise Marv and I are going on next February, with all our favorite 1960s bands onboard.

Another flattering look: The sleeveless "Rainforest" dress by Pretty Woman, which cinches the bodice with a band.

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Details like a knot, tie or band right below the bustline will flatter every figure. They add shape – and also add drape.

Slip on a "knotty" dress, and you'll see exactly what I mean.

Love '60s music and flowers in your hair?

Val's cruise tip of the week: Take the Flower Power Cruise!

Did you ever have a crush on Micky Dolenz of The Monkees, Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits or Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders? They'll all be on the Flower Power Cruise sailing out of Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 29, 2016! I've already got my tickets...and I'm getting some flattering fashions from Anthony's women's fashion store to take with me! We'll be feelin' groovy on the Celebrity Constellation ship.

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