Wedding Dress Guide (Part 2): Necklines

 Dress necklines are an important part of dresses because it serves to outline the upper features of a lady’s body. On a wedding dress, it is a necessary part of the dress to take into consideration because of the various shapes and sizes of a lady’s body.

Asymmetric: The asymmetric gown has a strap on one shoulder that drapes across the bustline. It’s flattering for brides who want to show a bit of shoulder and décolletage without baring it all.

Bateau/Boat Neck: The bateau/boat neck gown follows the collarbone almost from shoulder-to-shoulder and is generally cut in more of a straight line. It’s perfect if you’re looking for a more modest neckline.

Halter: The halter gown offers a shoulder-flattering cut in the front with a round neckline at the base of the neck. The straps wrap around the neck, and the back of the dress appears strapless. This is a great option for those who want more exposure in the back of the dress.

High Neck: Like the jewel gown (below), the high neck offers a more modest silhouette, only with a mock neck collar. This dress can have sleeves or be worn sleeveless.

Illusion: The illusion gown offers the modesty of a jewel neckline, but with the general shape of the sweetheart. The material connecting to the sweetheart neckline is usually made with a more transparent material, so it’s a great option for those who don’t necessarily want to go strapless but still want to show off their collarbone and shoulders.

Jewel: The jewel gown has a round neckline at the base of the neck. It’s great for those with a small bust, and is a good option for those seeking a more modest dress.

Off-the-shoulder: The off-the-shoulder gown offers sleeves that dress part of the upper arms. This style has more material than the sweetheart but while still accentuating the collarbone and shoulders.

Portrait: If you’re looking for more material, opt for the off-the-shoulder’s cousin, the portrait. It has a soft scoop from one shoulder to the other, and it’s a great option for those looking to accentuate their collarbones but with a little more dress.

Queen Anne: This neckline with a high collar in the back and a scoop or V-neck in the front is an elegant option for those looking for another more modest option.

Scoop: The scoop neckline is u-shaped and is ideal for just about anyone. The scoop can be cut at varying levels, and it’s traditionally a great shape for those who are set on a dress with straps.

Square: The square neckline has a straight bodice with straps or sleeves that make a 90-degree angle. It’s a great option for those who want something a little more romantic.

Straight Across: The straight across neckline is for brides looking for a strapless option, but don’t necessarily want to reveal a lot of cleavage.

Sweetheart: Arguably one of the most popular styles, the sweetheart neckline actually looks like the top half of a heart and accentuates the décolletage.

V-Neck: The V-neck, like the name suggests, dips down in the front into a V-shape organically taking the focus away from the bustline.

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