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What are the most important wedding dress necklines?

Which wedding dress neckline is best for your body type, neck size and bust?

The neckline of a wedding dress is probably the second most important element that a bride will focus on after the style and shape of her wedding dress. The neckline is important to get right, because firstly it sits so close to the face, neck, collarbone, décolleté and bust and secondly it is what people will spend most time looking at- whether at the wedding or on the wedding pictures. In general the smaller the bust the higher the neckline and the bigger the bust the lower the neckline should be for the wedding dress in order to create the best visual balance. If you have a short, wide or short and wide neck choose a lower neckline that sits further away from the neck, so it doesn’t bring attention to it but instead balances it out. Also the neckline style will affect the accessories that will go best. Last but not least choose your neckline to be age appropriate.

 

Overview of wedding dress necklines

Bateau

High Collar

Jewel

Portrait

Scoop

Sweet Heart

V-neck

Boat neck

Tank

Strapless

Square

Spaghetti Straps

Asymmetrical

Off the shoulder

Halter neck

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Table of wedding dress necklines that go best with each body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle
Bateau              
High Collar              
Jewel              
Portrait              
Scoop              
Sweetheart              
V-neck              
Square              
Tank              
Halter neck              
Off the shoulder              
Spaghetti Strap              
Strapless              
Asymmetric              

 

Table of wedding dress necklines that go best with different neck sizes

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Short Neck Wide Neck Short & Wide Neck Average Neck Thin Neck Long Neck Thin & Long Neck
Bateau              
High Collar              
Jewel              
Portrait              
Scoop              
Sweetheart              
V-neck              
Square              
Tank              
Halter neck              
Off the shoulder              
Spaghetti Strap              
Strapless              
Asymmetric              

 

Table of wedding dress necklines, which are best for the different bust sizes

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Small Bust Average Bust Big Bust
Bateau      
High Collar      
Jewel      
Portrait      
Scoop      
Sweetheart      
V-neck      
Square      
Tank      
Halter neck      
Off the shoulder      
Spaghetti Strap      
Strapless      
Asymmetric      

 

Wedding Dress Neckline Definitions

Bateau neckline follows the line of the collarbone and finishes close to the shoulder. Audrey Hepburn made this neckline famous.

High Collar neckline takes the inspiration from a traditional Asian wedding dress. Its neckline is extending up the neck without meeting totally the front center. Depending on the length of your neck it will finish either halfway or right up your face.

Jewel neckline is a round, high cut and sits near the base of the throat. This neckline is known as well as the T-shirt neckline.

Portrait neckline is a mixture of an off the shoulder and boat neckline. It is a soft wide scoop starting at the tip of the shoulders and finishes below.

Scoop neckline is U-shaped neckline that come in higher or lower cuts. This neckline is known as well as the Ballerina neckline. It is one of the most chosen and preferred wedding dress necklines.

Sweetheart neckline is low cut neckline with its top shaped like the top of a half of a heart, where the back is usually cut at a similar height to offer the best fit. This neckline accentuates the décolleté and bust.

V- Neckline is next to the scoop neckline one of the most favoured necklines for wedding dresses, because it elongates the neck in an elegant style. It dips down to a V-shape at the front and can come in various lower, higher and wider cuts.

Boat neckline is similar to the Portrait neckline, but its wide cut and style follows the collarbones to the tip of the shoulders.

Square neckline is cut straight across the front with wide angled corners.

Tank neckline is similar to the scoop neckline with its U- shape cut. The difference is in the narrower straps and deeper armholes under the shoulders.

Halter neckline has straps joined at the back of the neck. The neckline can vary from scoop, V- to square necklines. This neckline can be tricky with a bra.

Off the Shoulder starts from below the shoulder line with sleeve like straps that cover most of the upper arms.

A straight or slightly curved shaped bodice usually supports Spaghetti Straps. While the spaghetti straps are of a delicate style with often the option to be detachable

Strapless neckline is most often a figure hugging with a straight or slight dip in the centre.

Asymmetrical neckline is a dramatic style where one side is different to the other one. In fact it is a ONE SHOULDER design. As well the bra choice can be a tricky one here.

 


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