When choosing your wedding dress, there’s a lot to consider. As well as figuring out what style suits you best, you’ll be deciding which silhouette, colour, fabric and texture you love and just couldn’t imagine your wedding day without!
But, one of the most significant choices you’ll make is your wedding dress neckline. After all, the right neckline can be used to highlight your best features, making you feel even more confident and beautiful on your wedding day.
Follow this guide for help deciding which wedding dress neckline could be the perfect one:
Strapless wedding gowns are cut to run straight across the top of the bust. This has been the most popular neckline for quite some time and is very versatile in terms of the dress silhouette, but also the overall style of your attire. It shows off the arms completely, as well as accentuating the collarbone area.
It looks best on: Brides with a moderate bust, although most can wear strapless styles with the right support.
This is a favourite bridal neckline thanks to its heart-shaped style. The neckline is contoured to follow the breasts – so it shows just the right amount of cleavage and a gorgeous overall silhouette. It can be worn strapless but is also a popular choice with off-the-shoulder straps. You will find two variations: traditional sweetheart and semi-sweetheart, which is a touch more conservative.
It looks best on: Most brides, from smaller to more busty frames.
A one-shoulder gown is elegant and helps to draw the eye upward. Because it helps to elongate and highlight collarbones, it usually doesn’t suit brides with fuller arms. Look for a one-shoulder gown with built-in cups for a seamless look, although you may be able to wear a strapless bra with one strap attached for extra support.
It looks best on: Those with a smaller bust or who want to highlight their shoulders and arms.
This is the most romantic neckline and absolutely on-trend. It beautifully shows off the neck, collarbones and shoulders and can be adapted to suit many styles – from old Hollywood glamour to bohemian.
It looks best on: Brides who love their shoulders.
An illusion neckline involves transparent fabrics and embellishments covering the bride’s décolletage. It provides a subtle hint at her figure, rather than completely displaying it. It’s a safe choice for most figures, but an illusion neckline can certainly result in a show-stopping gown.
This neckline is very popular because it allows for a great deal of personalization in the finer details. In fact, it can be teamed with most other neckline shapes. For example, you’ll find that a sweetheart neckline overlaid with a high neck illusion neckline is a very flattering look. With an illusion neckline, you won’t need to add a necklace either.
It looks best on: Everyone who wants a little extra coverage, with an added wow factor.
Neckline: High Neck
This elegant style is a go-to if you prefer not to wear a bust-revealing style. It can also be refined further with embellishments and lace appliques. While you won’t be able to wear a necklace – it’s perfect for the bride who loves statement earrings!
It looks best on: Brides with broader shoulders.
Neckline: V Neck
This neckline is characterized by a sexy, plunging V-shape which exposes the neck and the décolletage. As it is quite revealing, it is suited to a more modern ceremony. It helps to create a lengthened and streamlined appearance – ultimately very flattering.
It looks best on: Petite brides or hourglass figures.
Neckline: Halter Neck
The halter neck is a variation on the V neck, but where the straps join at the back of the neck. This neckline highlights the cleavage and upper back while lightening the shoulders. It can also create the illusion of a larger bust.
It looks best on: Those who are taller or with broader shoulders, but it is flattering on most shapes.
Also called a Sabrina neckline, the bateau follows the curves of the collarbones across, lingering at the tops of the shoulders. This neckline elongates the neck and enhances the bust, but demurely, making it perfect for a traditional ceremony or those who prefer more coverage.
It looks best on: Brides with a smaller bust.
Neckline: Jewel (Boat)
Based on the traditional crewneck shape, the jewel neck has a rounded shape, set down far enough to allow your jewellery to be a focal point of your look. It’s very graceful, while still accentuating the bust.
It looks best on: Small-chested women.
This neckline is U-shaped and deeper than a jewel neckline. It can be cut to varying depths and works with both sleeved and strappy styles.
It looks best on: Those with athletic, hourglass or petite frames – it is quite versatile.
Neckline: Queen Anne
The Queen Anne is the ultimate in sophistication. It features a higher collar behind the neck, teamed with a deep scoop or V neck at the front.
It looks best on: Most figures.
This neckline follows the shape of a square’s bottom-half and is featured in dresses with sleeves or straps. It is commonly found in gowns with an empire silhouette.
It looks best on: Those with busts of all sizes, depending on the embellishments.
If you have your heart set on a hairstyle before you choose your gown, it’s a good idea to take that into consideration. As a general guide, you want to keep your hair from disguising the dresses’ features. For example, gowns with higher necklines look their best when teamed with up-dos or low buns to open the neck-area up, while strapless styles are accommodating for wearing hair down.
So, now it’s time! Embrace your body and choose a neckline that highlights what you love about it.
Let us know in the comments which one you think will be the perfect choice for you.
Written by K. Cooper for Bridalosophy
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