A Brief Guide to Wedding Dress Necklines

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As with anything wedding dress related, it’s important to try on a variety of dresses with different necklines to find out which style works best for you. This may seem like a daunting task, but the good news is you can streamline your search if you know which styles will best complement your figure before you even step foot into a bridal boutique.

Here are some of the most popular wedding dress necklines to consider when searching for the perfect gown.

Types of wedding dress necklines

Sweetheart

Best for: Bustier brides. This shape enhances your natural figure by hugging your curves in all the right places.

Also good for: Smaller chested brides, as the heart shape will give the illusion of a larger bust.

The sweetheart neckline is probably the most popular type of wedding dress neckline. It’s characterized by its heart-shaped cut and looks especially stunning on ladies with some bust. A ball gown or princess gown is a popular dress type that often uses this type of neckline.

While small-busted women can certainly pull off the sweetheart neckline (or its cousin, the soft-sweetheart), it may be best to pair it with straps or sleeves. This will offer more support than a strapless gown — no one wants to spend their day holding up their dress!

Jewel

Best for: Small-busted brides. The high cut of this style complements your figure and create a more ample bust.

Possibly avoid if: You’re well endowed in the chest area or if you have broad shoulders.This neckline will add will create volume making you look bustier or emphasize broad shoulders.

The jewel neckline, also known as a T-shirt neckline, delivers an air of modest elegance. Since this neckline sits just below the throat, it looks beautiful on small-busted brides. If you’re in search of a wedding dress for broad shoulders or a large bust, this style may make you look boxy.

Halter

Best for: Broad-shouldered brides and taller figures.

Possibly avoid if: You’re short or you have narrow shoulders, as this style can overwhelm your figure.

A halter neckline makes quite the statement on taller brides. The halter design flatters your arms and shoulders, making this style ideal for brides who want to flaunt that sculpted upper body. While some halter styles can make petite brides look taller, many may look like they’re swallowing you whole.

V-neck

Best for: Brides with some bust. The V-neck accentuates your curves while offering support.

Possibly avoid if: You have a very small or very large bust.

The V-neck style looks gorgeous on brides who are in the B- to C-cup range. It enhances your curves and adds just the right amount of seduction without revealing too much. Brides with small or very large busts may want to avoid this style — it can look awkward on small busts and a bit too revealing on large busts. A V-neck style can look especially elegant on a lace or vintage wedding dress.

Scoop

Best for: Just about any bride. Scoop necklines flatter all body types.

The scoop neckline wedding dress looks great on virtually anyone. The question is, how low can you go? You can find wedding gowns with modest or daring scoops to suit your fancy. Scoop necklines are available on all styles of wedding gown silhouettes, including A-line, ball gown, trumpet or mermaid and sheath.

Asymmetrical

Best for: Small-busted brides and brides with narrow shoulders

Possibly avoid if: You’re busty or self-conscious about your shoulders or arms.

An asymmetrical neckline make a great option for the bride who’s looking for something slightly unconventional. Enhancements such as ruffles or jewels may be added for an extra dramatic look, but this style looks just as chic on its own.

Plunging neckline

Best for: Small-busted brides who aren’t afraid to flaunt what they’ve got.

Possibly avoid if: You have a bigger bust, as this style doesn’t offer much support.

A plunging neckline is perfect for the confident bride who wants a dramatic and sexy look on her big day. Brides with small busts and narrow shoulders will love this bold style, while bustier brides may be left feeling a bit uncomfortable due to lack of support.

Off-the-shoulder

Best for: Just about any figure. This style accentuates the collarbone and shoulders and emanates a vintage feel.

Possibly avoid if: You have broad shoulders or are self-conscious about your arms.

The off-the-shoulder wedding gown neckline is a favorite among brides of all shapes and sizes. Its classic design gives off a bit of a regal feel and works well with cap sleeves, short sleeves or long-sleeved gowns. It can look especially flattering on brides with narrow shoulders who want to highlight their collarbone and complexion. Play around with an illusion styling or beaded detail for an especially extraordinary look.

Other things to consider

Aside from your figure, there are some other factors to keep in mind when searching for that perfect wedding gown neckline.

Hairstyle: Are you planning on wearing your hair down, or will you be donning an updo on the big day? Some gowns look better with updos vs long hair and vice versa. If you plan on wearing a veil, you may want to take that into consideration as well.

Jewelry: If you’re planning on wearing any sort of elaborate jewelry, you may want to opt for a neckline that allows you to show it off. Modest necklines work well with simple jewelry.

Personal comfort: If you’re getting married in a church or another religious establishment, you may feel uneasy sporting a plunging neckline on the big day.

We hope that this guide can serve as a starting point on your quest for the dress! If you’re looking for additional advice before embarking on your journey, check out our blog post on how to prepare for wedding dress shopping.

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