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Best hairstyles for different wedding dress necklines

The wedding dress is the statement element of your bridal look. Hence, everything about your bridal look should go well with this focal item. When the bridal accessories, makeup and hairstyle work with the wedding dress, your bridal look will come together beautifully.

One of the main factors to consider when choosing your bridal hairstyle is the neckline of your dress. To understand the different necklines that are commonly seen on wedding dresses, take a look at this article on the Knot website. For every wedding dress neckline style, there are certain hairstyles that work better than others. So, this is a good place to start.

Choosing your hairstyle based on the neckline style has the following benefits.

  • It makes your wedding hairstyle decision easier: Finding the right hairstyle is a challenge, and there are several varieties for you to choose from. Base it on your neckline, and you can narrow down your choices to just a select few.
  • It helps you keep the focus on the statement features of your wedding dress: Although you need a beautiful hairstyle, you do not want one that will distract from the statement features of your dress. This is why it is important to find one that will enhance the beauty of your dress, and not steal the spotlight.

Here are our top hairstyle suggestions based on popular wedding dress neckline styles. Browse through it and we are sure you will be inspired.

Boat Neck

The boat or bateau neckline is a horizontal neckline that emphasizes your collar bones and neck region. It is also a rather high neckline, that adds greater bulk to the bust region. The ideal hairstyle wouldn’t hide this neckline. Hence, it should be an updo or gathered hairstyle that keeps hair off your neckline.

Since the boat neck is very feminine and dainty, it is best to pair this style with a soft hairstyle instead of a super sleek one. Complement the soft neckline detail with low buns or soft messy buns. You can also choose a high ponytail that keeps hair away from your face, but has a more modern look. Add a few accessories like flowers or scintillating hair clips, and you will look your very best.

Scoop

The scoop neckline is a classic style that is popular on both classic and modern dresses. Although it is a universally flattering neckline, it doesn’t usually command much attention. Since this is a simple neckline style, it is best to choose your hairstyle based on the rest of the features in the dress. Plan your hairstyle based on whether your dress looks formal or casual, and the sleeve-length as well.

For casual dress styles with a scoop neckline, choose hairstyles like messy buns or wear your hair half-up and half-down. Add some curls for extra charm. If your dress style is classic or formal, straighten your hair and leaving it open. Else pair your dress with a classic top knot that can never go wrong.

Halter neckline

This retro-inspired neckline is a statement feature of the bodice, and is usually chosen by brides who want to show off their toned arms. It is also a high neckline that best fits slim and well-toned brides.

Loose curls and free hair best suit this style. Since an updo will only further elongate your torso, a low hairstyle with hair left open will better balance your overall look.

Consider a half-up half-down hairstyle, if your dress has a halter neckline. Else leave your hair open with few strategically placed curls. This will add volume to your face and enhance your femininity. Remember that the halter neckline deserves to be highlighted. So, let the part of your hair that stays down be at the back, rather than fall to the front.

One-shoulder neckline

This is a very romantic and almost casual dress feature. Not all brides can carry off a one-shoulder neckline perfectly. Hence highlight this feature in your dress. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t distract from the neckline. The ideal choice would be a low-set bun or ponytail that keeps hair in one place.

The other stylish alternative is a hairstyle that places some or all your hair over your free shoulder. This would look immensely appealing and sexy, as it draws attention to the neckline with a strap on one shoulder and wavy curls that cover the other.

High neckline

High necklines are a favorite in wedding fashion. These styles create the illusion of a fuller bust, while highlighting the facial features. Brides who wish to appear leaner and taller will benefit from this style. This dress feature also draws attention to a voluminous skirt or one with signature embellishments on it.

Although this is a versatile neckline that gels with most hairstyle options, it usually looks best with top knots and other hairstyles that restrict hair from falling to the front. Since the bodice of such dresses usually feature pretty embellishments, it is easy to keep the focus on the fabric and details. A sleek high updo looks smart and polished while low buns with pretty accessories look feminine and romantic.

V-neckline

Another classic dress style, the V-neckline appears in varying depths and widths on wedding dresses. As with the scoop, it is best to choose your hairstyle according to the overall dress style, rather than base it on the neckline alone. For a deep V-neckline, pair it with a signature neck accessory and keep hair away from the neckline so it is noticeable.

When the V-neckline appears on traditional and classic silhouettes, pair it with neat hairstyles like a clean bun or chignon. If it is part of a casual dress, you can wear your hair down in a style that best enhances your facial features. For deep, plunging V-necklines which are usually statement features of a dress, try to keep your hair away from the front so that this style element receives focus.

Off-the-shoulder neckline

Feminine and very sexy, off-the-shoulder necklines are a happening trend in the world of wedding fashion. If your wedding dress features this neckline style, you can pick from various hairstyle choices. If you are not entirely comfortable with baring too much skin, opt for one where some of your hair naturally covers part of your shoulders in natural waves. Hair that tumbles down your shoulders will look very pretty. However, if you aren’t too keen on downplaying the statement dress feature, we have the ideal solution.

Add a bold and sophisticated statement to your overall bridal look, pair this neckline with a high up do. This will allow you to reveal your toned collar bones and neck area, adding unique charm to your bridal look.

Dramatic back details

Many modern designers focus on creating dramatic elements in the back of the dress, ones that instantly impress with their intricate details. If your dress has an illusion back, keyhole cut-outs or is even a daring low style, this shouldn’t be hidden by your hairstyle.

For a wedding dress with a dramatic back, choose a hairstyle that falls to the front, so the drama of the back is revealed. You can also opt for a chignon, updo or high pony that ends above the neckline of the dress.

Sleeveless necklines with spaghetti straps

Sleeveless dresses are sometimes enhanced with spaghetti straps for support. These add a touch of bling and offer well-needed support to the bodice of a dress. The detail also creates a very feminine effect to the bridal look, and this factor should be played up for maximum impact.

Wavy hair looks amazing with such dresses. Have your curls swept to one-side, so one shoulder strap is definitely visible. The messy bun is also a beautiful option that goes well with this dress style. Pair it with hair accessories like headbands or hair clips and you can further enhance the effect of the bun. Finally, the half-up, half-down hairstyle also works well with this dress design.

Sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is an ever-popular dress style, that appeals to most brides. The half-heart shape frames the bust, fitting snugly and emphasizing the neck and collar area of the bride. It is also the prime choice for dresses with embellished bodices. This romantic dress neckline works well with almost any hairstyle. However, we have our favorites that go best with this style too.

The top-knot looks amazing since it doesn’t hide the neck region and allows you to flaunt your collar bones. Tousled hairstyles with tendrils framing the face are another good combination for a relaxed look. Another hairstyle that looks great with the sweetheart neckline is side-swept hair. Accessorize it with a delicate headband or weave flowers into your hair to look every bit a goddess.

Strapless neckline

This basic neckline is another popular alternative to the sweetheart neckline. It simply extends straight across the bust from one end to the other, without any curves that define the bust area. The neckline without straps is a little daring, but nevertheless very attractive when it fits snugly. It is also a good style if you wish to show off your figure and draw attention to your bridal jewelry.

For strapless necklines, loose buns and chignons work well as they keep hair away from the neckline. You can also opt for a sleek ponytail if you wish to sport a smart and neat look. The best way to enhance these hairstyles and add a touch of drama is to use bold hair accessories like fascinators, headbands or hair combs.

Plunging necklines

A bold and modern dress feature that is slowly being embraced by brides everywhere, plunging necklines have a statement effect of their own. Carrying off this style requires confidence, and this effect should be reflected in your choice of hairstyle too.

Highlight a plunging neckline with style that keeps hair off your shoulders. Back buns and ponytails work well in this case. You can leave few tendrils around your face, but don’t let hair obscure the effect of this daring neckline feature.

Illusion necklines

Illusion necklines are amazing dress features, with intricate beading and embellishments that enhance the beauty of the dress. Since these are done on a sheer layer, the peek-a-boo effect of the skin benehath it is very appealing. This is a neckline that you should showcase, and it is best if your hair doesn’t come in the way.

For illusion necklines, sleek ponytails will keep hair towards the back while you look smart. You can also choose elaborate updos with plenty of texture and volume for an interesting effect. Playful curls will add to the visual appeal of your dress and make you look extra special.

The wedding dress neckline and your hairstyle are key factors in determining your overall bridal look. Hence, these aspects should be decided after considerable research. If you are unsure of what will look best on you, consult your hairdresser for ideas. We also advise a hair trial prior to your wedding day, to help you see how your wedding day look will come together. This will also allow you to make suitable changes if you aren’t satisfied with what you see.

Apart from the neckline of your dress, other factors that should influence your wedding day hairstyle include your face shape, hair texture and wedding theme. For more tips and tricks on doing this right, visit this article on the Wedding Ideas Mag website. 

Dresses with all types of necklines imaginable are available in our wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. Visit our website to see more of what we have in store, and narrow down your favorite choices.

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The definitive step-by-step guide to preparing for your wedding dress shopping

Wedding dress shopping is one of the most exciting wedding planning tasks for a bride. We like to think of it as a wonderful and unique journey where brides explore diverse options and finally find a magical dress that transforms them into the beautiful brides they always wanted to be.

However, the path to finding this one and only perfect dress is not simple. It is fraught with challenges and the options are endless. So, it is essential to plan for the task and avoid drowning in the endless variety of dresses presented to you.

This is where we will help you!

This step-by-step guide will prepare you for your impending wedding dress shopping and the task will not overwhelm you.

Over the next chapters, we will tell you what to expect at each stage leading to wedding dress shopping. We will also tell you how to navigate potential issues so you can enjoy the shopping experience, just like you deserve to.

Let us begin!

Step 1: Factors to consider when shopping for your wedding dress

Are you unsure of how of begin planning for wedding dress shopping?

Don’t worry, for we know exactly what will help you set your shopping criteria. These are practical factors or constraints, that directly affect your dress decision. Start by considering these factors and you will be able to narrow down your search. So, here they are!

Venue and theme 

Have you decided on a wedding theme yet? Your chosen theme will determine your venue choice, and directly impact your wedding dress selection. We’ll tell you how.

Imagine you have your heart set on a beach wedding in summer. Would it be practical to wear a heavy satin gown with an elaborate train to this venue?

No!

Such a wedding dress will look inappropriate and it will also be uncomfortable.

Instead, you will have to limit your choices to dresses made from light fabrics in simple silhouettes that are comfortable for the venue and weather. Such dress choices will also tie your look to the theme of your wedding.

Budget

Wedding dresses are expensive. Nevertheless, there are options for every budget.

If budget is a constraint, you will have to stick to affordable choices. So, this is another factor to plan before you go shopping. Latest designer wedding dresses will be super-costly, while ones from previous seasons are usually cheaper in comparison. Keep this in mind when you go shopping.

Body shape and personal preferences

It does not matter how expensive or amazing a wedding dress is. It will not look good on you unless the silhouette flatters your body shape.

So, you should look for dress styles that flatter your assets and distract from less attractive parts.

If you are either plus-size or petite, you may have to tailor your wedding dress search to suit your specific requirements. Not all bridal salons stock dresses suitable for plus-sized or petite brides. So, call ahead to check whether options are available and you won’t waste time at places that don’t stock collections in your size.

It is also important to choose a style that feels comfortable since you will be spending several hours in your wedding dress. Steer clear of dresses that make you feel conscious, restrict movement or are too bulky to handle.

So, you are now aware of the different factors to consider before you step into a wedding shop.

Next, let us look at another key step of preparing for your wedding dress shopping—choosing the right time to shop.

Step 2: Choose the right time to go shopping 

Is there such a thing as right timing when shopping for your wedding dress?

Yes! And this is very important when making your shopping plans. We’ll tell you why.

When you place your order with a bridal salon, they pass your details to the designer. The designer then starts creating your wedding dress from scratch. Since wedding dresses are elaborate garments, the entire creation process takes months.

Once the dress is ready, it will be sent to the bridal store. However, it is not yet time to take the dress home.

You now need alterations to make the dress fit perfectly. This can take another month or so.

So, the entire process from when you place your order to taking the fitted gown home can take anywhere between six and nine months. So, this is how early you should finish your wedding dress shopping once you fix your wedding date.

If you shop too late, you jeopardize your chances of getting the gown you love. Although some designers undertake rush orders, they charge extra for it. And imagine the disappointment if the gown you love cannot be created at short notice and you must settle for something else.

Shopping too early isn’t wise either. New collections come out every six months. So, if you shop too early, you may miss looking at the latest trends.

Play it safe and plan your wedding dress shopping six to nine months before the wedding. This should leave you enough time to sort out everything and take your dress home in the weeks leading up to your wedding.

Step 3: Plan the wedding dress budget 

Your wedding dress is one of the costliest items in your wedding budget. Be clear about what you can afford to spend on it before you go shopping and you can avoid upsetting the rest of your wedding plans.

To come up with a realistic wedding dress budget, you should first understand wedding dress pricing and associated charges. Let us look at what they are in the following section.

Understand wedding dress costs

Most brides spend between $400 and $1700 on their wedding dress.  However, there are dresses that are more expensive or cheaper.

In any case, you should have realized that wedding dresses cost more than regular dresses. Wondering why this is so? Here are the obvious reasons.

  • Wedding dresses use expensive fabric. Most silhouettes also have several layers of fabric. This larger quantity of high quality fabric contributes to the price.
  • Wedding dresses involve intricate details like embroidery, lace appliques and beading. Most of these details are done by hand. The labor and time involved in creating such stunning gowns adds to the price.
  • Wedding dress construction is different from that of regular dresses. Internal boning is used in many designs and the structure has several layers of fabric. This involves more effort and hence the higher cost.
  • Finally, wedding dresses by famous designers are more expensive due to the designer tag accompanying it..

These factors justify the higher costs of wedding dresses. More details on why wedding dresses are so expensive is available here, on the Southern living blog page.

One important thing that you should know when buying a wedding dress is that your expenses aren’t limited to just the cost. There are some unavoidable additional charges that you will incur, and here they are.

Unavoidable additional costs—accessories and alterations 

Apart from the price of the wedding dress, expect to spend some money on the following.

Alterations and fittings: When you order a dress, you pick a size that is closest to your actual measurements. This means that once your dress arrives you will need custom alterations to have the dress fit to your exact measurements. These alterations are additional expenses. The actual cost will depend on the extent of changes needed. More information on wedding dress alterations are available in the following video.

Accessories: Your bridal look is incomplete without the right accessories. This includes your wedding jewelry, shoes, veil, head-piece and undergarments. You will have to set aside a part of your wedding dress budget for this purchase as well.

Here is a video that outlines how to accessorize your wedding dress.

For more tips on choosing your wedding day jewelry, take a look at this video we created for the purpose.

Dry cleaning and preservation: Whether you decide to keep your gown after your wedding or sell it off, you must have it professionally cleaned after your wedding. Otherwise, the quality of your gown will deteriorate over time and it won’t be suitable to hand down or sell. So, factor in this cost as well.

Now you should have a better idea of how to calculate your wedding dress budget and all the factors to consider.

What if you are on a tight budget?

Although wedding dresses are expensive, there are still ways to save money on your wedding gown. Read on to find what your options are.

When your wedding dress budget is small 

How nice would it be if you could shop without limitations for the wedding dress of your dreams!

Unfortunately, this is impossible!

When price is a constraint, there are some ways to maximize your wedding dress budget and find a fabulous dress for a bargain price.

  • Limit your dress selection to dresses that fall within budget. Resist the temptation to try on dresses that you cannot afford to avoid disappointment.
  • Remember that the more details a dress has, the costlier it will be. Choose from simple styles for better prices and dress it up with statement accessories to complete the effect. Low cost accessories like beaded belts, vintage veils, sparkling jewelry and shrugs can enhance your overall bridal look.
  • Look out for sales at bridal boutiques, where you can find great deals on wedding dresses. At sample sales, boutiques sell their stock at discounted prices to make space for new collections. You can score fabulous gowns at bargain prices at such sales.
  • Mix and match bridal separates to create your unique look at an affordable price. This not only lets you stay within budget, but is a modern and smart approach to wedding dress shopping.

The wedding dress budget is a critical factor concerning wedding dress shopping. Once you figure it out, it is time for the next step which is researching your options.

Step 4: Do your research 

A little planning goes a long way, and we want to make sure you are well-equipped with all the information you need to make the right choice. So, we will tell you all the different things you should analyze, understand and note down before you set foot in a bridal store.

Understand essential wedding shopping lingo 

When you attend your wedding shopping appointment, you will hear terms like mermaid, fit and flare, empire, butterfly sleeves, illusion necklines, organza, tulle and more. Do you know what these terms mean?

If not, spend some time trying to understand wedding dress lingo, so you aren’t lost and confused at your wedding shopping appointment. Here is an easy glossary of wedding dress jargon for the uninitiated.

Wedding dress necklines:

Apart from the silhouette, the neckline is another distinctive feature of any wedding dress. Apart from the square, round and V-necklines, here are the other types of necklines seen on wedding dresses.

Strapless: Bodice cuts straight across the bust and there are no supporting straps or sleeves

Sweetheart: Strapless style where the top part of the bodice resembles a heart.

Bateau: Designed in the shape of a boat and reveals collarbones, as it extends from one shoulder to the other

Illusion: Sheer or see-through neckline over underlying bodice. Often embellished with lace or bead accents.

Single shoulder: Features a single shoulder strap and reveals other shoulder

Queen Anne: Neckline rises at the back of the neck and it has a V-neckline or scoop in the front

Halter: Straps wrap around the neck revealing a low-cut back and deep armhole

High neck: Neckline sits above the collar bones

Off-the-shoulder: Sleeves fall off shoulders to reveal décolletage and collar bones

Spaghetti straps: Thin straps support the bodice on either side

Silhouettes

Here are the most common wedding dress silhouettes.

Ball gown: Structured bodice and ample skirt with layers of fabric that fall to full length.

A-line: Fitted on top and flares away from the body at the waistline, resembling the shape of an A.

Sheath: Column-style dress that outlines the natural curves

Trumpet: Fits snugly along the bodice all the way down to the hips, from where it flares out into a full skirt. Also known as the trumpet

Mermaid: Silhouette structure similar to trumpet, but skirt begins below the knee creating a more dramatic effect

Sleeves

The terms full sleeves, half sleeves and three-fourth length sleeves are self-explanatory. Apart from these, there are other types of sleeve styles as follows.

Cap sleeves: Barely cover the shoulders and top of the arms, revealing the arm hole

Bell: Fitted sleeves that taper into a bell-shape as it reaches the wrists

Juliet: Fitted at the wrist and puffed in the area between the shoulders and wrist

Waistlines

Basque: V-shaped defined waistline

Empire: High waist that begins just below the bust and continues into a full skirt

Dropped Waist: Bodice extends to beyond the actual waistline

Wedding dress trains

The length of fabric that extends beyond the wedding dress contributes to the overall impact and adds to the attractiveness of a dress. Based on length, the following types of trains exist.

Sweep: Short train that just brushes the floor as you walk

Court: This train extends to a foot beyond the hemline

Chapel: Longer than the court train and usually measures three to four feet length from the natural waistline

Cathedral: Dramatic train that measures over six feet from the waistline

Royal: Long train that flows to twelve feet or more length.

Wedding dress fabrics

Fabrics like chiffon and crepe are lightweight and soft. Satin and silk are also soft, but have a distinguishing sheen. Taffeta is heavy with a lustrous sheen. Organza and tulle are stiff fabrics used in structured gowns. A variety of lace also appears on wedding dresses. Find out how to identify each type of wedding dress lace in our article here.

Although we have covered most of the terms you will come across when you go shopping for your wedding dress, this list isn’t exhaustive. If you would like to learn more of these terms and in greater detail, here is an article on the Brides website to help you.

Now let us move on to the next important part of your research—identifying your body type and suitable wedding dress silhouettes.

Identify your body type and shortlist best dress silhouettes

We already mentioned that not all gowns look good on all body. To improve your chances of finding a dress that is right for you, you should first identify your body type.

There are four body types: Triangle or Pear, Inverted Triangle or Apple, Hourglass and straight or Rectangle. Each body type has its own characteristic features.

Triangle or Pear: Small bust but wide hips and waistline that lacks definition.

Inverted Triangle or Apple: Broad shoulders and a slighter lower half.

Hourglass: Well-balanced upper and lower halves and defined waistline.

Straight or rectangle: Similar proportions in the upper and lower halves and waistline not well-defined.

The right wedding dress will flatter the positive aspects and hide less attractive traits of your body. So, find your body type and later use this information to choose the right dress silhouette for it.

This post on Who What Wear will help you use your different measurements and correctly identify your body type.  Check it out!

Here are some practical silhouette suggestions for each body type.

Triangle or Pear: Hide the larger proportions of your hips and waistline with A-line gowns and ball gowns that flare out at the waist. Avoid the trumpet and sheath, since these styles accentuate the hip and stomach area.

Inverted Triangle or Apple: A-line dresses and ball gowns with thick skirts that nip at the waistline are suitable for this body type. We do not recommend the trumpet and for this body type.

Hourglass: If you have an hourglass figure, you can carry almost any wedding dress silhouette with ease. Aim to show off your curvy figure and slender waistline with dresses that closely follow your natural curves.

Straight or rectangle: Increase your feminine appeal with ball gowns and sheaths that create the illusion of curves. Avoid fitted styles like the mermaid and dropped waist dresses that enhance the straight contours of your body.

Find the right place to buy your wedding dress 

Remember what I told you in the beginning about factors that affect your wedding dress selection?

Based on your personal preferences, specific needs and budget constraints, decide where to shop. The following are the options available to you.

Bridal salons: The traditional place to buy a wedding dress, you can enjoy a one-on-one session with a dedicated consultant who will take you through your choices during your appointment slot. Bridal salons have a variety of designer collections, and you can try dresses based on the ideas you communicate to your consultant.

Trunk sales: The perfect option if you want dresses only from a particular designer. New collections are introduced to such customers at highly reduced prices, so you can choose a dress at a lower price than you have to pay otherwise.

Sample Sales: This is when bridal salons sell off old stock to make space for new collections. The dresses in this case are either floor samples or those in the store inventory. So, there will be limited sizes and you may have to clean the gown before using it on your wedding day.

Consignment shops: This is the perfect place to find designer dresses on a discount. Good consignment stores will have dresses that are good-as-new, available at a fraction of the cost of a similar original gown.

Online: Consider this option if you have no way to shop at a real store. Online wedding dress shopping is risky and many brides have terrible experiences when choosing this route. This post sheds some light on why online wedding dress shopping isn’t a wise idea.

Compile all information and shortlist your options 

A quick question—What do you think was the idea behind all this wedding dress research?

It was to collect all relevant information and use it to narrow down choices to the right selection criteria.

As you do your research and understand about wedding dresses, collect and compile information on dress styles and features that appeal to you. Start a Pinterest board and start collecting pictures of dresses you like.

Don’t worry if you seem to fall in love with all the dresses you come across when you first begin. To narrow down your options, ask yourself the following questions

  • What features of this dress are suitable for my wedding theme?
  • What makes it suitable for the weather at the time of my wedding?
  • Why is this dress a comfortable choice for my wedding?
  • What is the stand-out feature of this dress that is most appealing?
  • Will this dress flatter my natural figure and best features?

Soon enough, you will see a pattern emerge and this will help you identify what dress features appeal most to you. This information will be of valuable help when you go shopping.

Step 5: Get ready for your shopping session 

By this stage, you have all the information you need and are ready to go shopping. So, here is what is left to do.

Choose your entourage

Your wedding dress is the most important dress you will ever choose, and you must make this decision wisely. So, invite two or three of your closest family members or friends to help you. The reason we tell you to limit the size of your party is because too many people will do more damage than good. Take along only those whose opinions really matter to you, and who can actually contribute to your decision

Book your appointment

Find a convenient time and date for your shopping appointment at the boutique you choose. Preferably have your appointment on a weekday when the salon will be less crowded.

Get everything you need for your appointment ready

Make sure that you are prepared for dress shopping by carrying all that you need for the day with you. Wear clothes that are easy to change out of . If you will be wearing heels on your wedding day, carry a pair to your shopping appointment. For more tips, visit this post. 

Understand what to expect at your bridal appointment

Every bridal dress shopping appointment is different. The better prepared you are for what to expect, the more likely you are to have a productive and pleasant shopping experience. We suggest that you read the information here, to obtain a fair idea and prepare well for your shopping trip.

Set your expectations correctly

It is easier to find the perfect gown when you are flexible and open-minded. You will have experienced bridal consultants directing you, so listen to them. Try on their suggestions even if it isn’t something you would pick. You may be lucky and find your dream wedding dress this way. Trust me, this happens all the time!

Remember that you may not always find your wedding dress on your first trip to the store. This is perfectly normal. Be patient and flexible and you are sure to find the perfect dress that completes your bridal vision with perfection.

As you prepare for your wedding dress shopping, don’t forget to visit our bridal gallery at Best for Bride for inspiration. Find an immense variety of jaw-dropping designer collections in every price range and with every feature you may seek in our collection. Shortlist your favorites and get ready to go shopping. With expert consultants, excellent infrastructure facilities and all associated services under one roof, Best for Bride is the best destination for you to find your wedding gown, whenever you are ready.

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Fashion Advice: Most flattering necklines for your bridesmaids dresses

One of the primary focal points of every dress is the neckline. Choosing the right neckline will draw focus to the beauty of the natural facial features of the wearer and enhance the overall appearance of the dress style chosen. It will draw attention to the most attractive features or camouflage the less desirable traits, when chosen appropriately.

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, it is no longer stylish to choose a single dress for your entire bridal party. This is because your girls won’t be the same size or have the same body shape. Instead, we suggest you consider a range of options, and mix and match dresses to suit the individual traits of each of the girls in your bridal party.

One good mix and match option is to vary the neckline of the dress, while keeping the colors or silhouette constant for the entire group. This gives the group a super-stylish and modern look. It is quite easy to do, as most collections offer the same shade for a number of dresses. So you can find suitable silhouettes and necklines for each of your bridesmaids, while keeping the color uniform.

In this guide, we take a look at the most flattering neckline styles for different body types. Use this advice to choose the best neckline styles for your bridesmaids dresses. We are sure it will help you come one step closer to making your bridesmaids happy with your dress choices.

The best necklines to choose from for your bridesmaids dresses

V-neckline

The structure of this neckline is such that it elongates the torso and makes the wearer look tall and slim. The V-neckline is a universal favorite that can be designed in a range of fashions to suit various body types. The depth and width, when varied, will suit different body shapes. Women who have broad shoulders and are heavy in the upper body look good in V-necklines, as it balances out the wider proportions. Small and high V-necklines are suitable for thin women as it widens the upper body and makes it look bigger. Plunging V-necklines are fashion-forward. However they should be worn only by women with a medium bust and paired with suitable innerwear to avoid any wardrobe disasters.

Bateau neckline

The boat-shaped neckline extends from one shoulder to the other, exposing the collar bones but not showing any cleavage. This feature draws attention to the neck and jaw area. The bateau neckline is best on women with slighter body proportions, as the high neckline style adds more bulk to the upper body. It is modest, even while being stylish. The bateau should be avoided by bridesmaids who have a heavy upper body, as it can add more bulk to this area. Modern bateau necklines are often created with illusion details that are elegant.

Scoop neckline

Another versatile neckline style, the scoop resembles a U-shape. It can be low or high, and the effect of this feature in the dress varies according to this depth. Wide scoops look good on women with narrow shoulders as the round shape creates the illusion of more curves. Small scoop necklines help women with thicker upper bodies create the illusion of a smaller bust. This neckline generally makes the face look rounder.

One-shoulder style

This neckline style is closely associated with the goddess look and looks ethereal and romantic. The neckline drapes towards one shoulder, leaving the other one exposed. This beautiful style looks good on almost any body type. However, since the focus is on the one shoulder that is exposed, women with very thin or thick upper arms should avoid this style. It is perfect for women with toned arms and slender shoulders. This neckline exposes the collar bones, while it modestly covers the bust area.

Illusion neckline

Often fashioned with lace and sometimes with embellishments like rhinestones and sparkle, illusion necklines are a big trend on the wedding scene. This modest neckline may be paired with a sweetheart or strapless bodice, but has a mysterious effect because of the sheer layer. The illusion neckline suits almost all body types, and is a good choice if you want a similar style for different body types. It can be paired with almost any dress silhouette and made to look beautiful.

Sweetheart neckline

A traditional favorite, the sweetheart neckline is a feminine and romantic dress feature that is common in bridesmaids dresses. This neckline is preferred over the strapless style as the gentle dip in the center of the neckline makes it more attractive. It may or may not be paired with sleeves. Since the sweetheart neckline exposes a big area of the chest and decolletage, it is a good idea to first check if your girls are comfortable in this style before finalizing it. The open neckline may also be better if you pair it with suitable jewelry to avoid a bare look. It accentuates cleavage, and draws attention to the upper body. Hence it is a good choice for women who wish to distract from their waist and hips.

Off-the-shoulder

A common complaint about bridesmaids dresses is that they are all too simple. An off-the-shoulder neckline instantly adds a touch of style to a dress. This neckline falls parallel to the shoulder line and draws focus to the neck and shoulder area. This style is very glamorous and modern. It may be paired with sleeves or straps. The off-the-shoulder neckline looks best on women who are slender and have attractive collar bones. It should be avoided by women with thick necks and shoulders.

Halter

The halter style looks modern and smart. It closes around the neck and usually features an uncovered back. The halter neckline features a strap that runs around the neck. This may either go around the neck using straps or buttoned in place. Since the high halter neckline covers most of the upper regions of the neck and bust, it doesn’t require any other decolletage decoration. The halter should be avoided if your bridesmaids have large busts, as it will further add more bulk to this region. It is best used when the shoulders are slender and arms are well-toned.

Straight strapless

This neckline covers the entire chest area and is a popular feature in bridesmaids dresses. While it creates a classic look for a long gown, it looks stylish and sexy on short gowns. The neckline usually cuts straight across the chest, and is a good choice for women who are busty. The straight strapless may also be paired with spaghetti straps for added support or for an extra touch of glamour. It is absolutely necessary that straight strapless styles and sweetheart necklines be fitted perfectly for it to look neat and feel comfortable.

Square neckline

As the name suggests, this neckline resembles a square and cuts across the chest in a straight line. It may be wide or small. When the square is wide, it reveals more decolletage. It can also be high and draw attention to the collar bones and neck area. Wide squares are suitable for women with medium to large busts, while small square necklines are better suited for women with smaller busts. It is not recommended for those who are heavy in the upper torso, as the structure creates the illusion of added width.

The versatile neckline

Many brides do not want to risk the cohesion factor by allowing their brides to pick dresses from different collections. This has inspired designers to come up with the option of bridesmaids dresses with necklines that can be draped in different ways. Here, the same dress can be worn in strapless, single-shoulder, V-neckline or halter style. This is a good option if you have zeroed in on a color that will look great on most of your bridesmaids and still want to follow the mix and match trend.

If you go with our suggestions and decide to opt for the mix and match bridesmaids dress look, here are some rules you have to follow to make sure you do the trend correctly.

1.Choose the color carefully

It is very important that you pick colors that suit most of your bridesmaids complexions when you choose a single color and only vary the neckline. Be wary of colors that clash with their skin tone or hair color, as it can make your bridesmaid look pale or ill. Best choices include dark colors like navy and black, or neutrals like gray. Go with the neutral color in your wedding palette when choosing the colors for your bridesmaids dresses and it will most likely not go wrong. You can add the brighter colors in accessories like the bouquet, shoes and jewelry to complete tie their looks to the color theme.

2.Make sure the necklines are comfortable for each of them

One of the biggest benefits of varying the neckline is that you can ensure all your girls are comfortable in the ones they choose, and achieve a cohesive look. This mix and match style allows you to satisfy the fashion tastes of both bold and modest bridesmaids easily. While the more demure of them may prefer sleeveless styles and high necklines, the more fashionable women can go with strapless styles and off-the-shoulder looks.

3.Choose the same fabric for uniformity

The neckline is one variable that you have chosen. If you were to vary the fabric and color as well, it would be very difficult to achieve cohesion between the different bridesmaids looks. Even when the color is the same, the effect can vary drastically according to the fabric of choice. For instance, a crepe gown would look entirely different from a satin dress, even though they are both in the same color. So, keep to the same fabric if you want to get the style right. If you must vary the colors, make sure that they are all from the same color family to get the closest possible matches.

4.Unless the colors are same, pay attention to the length

Like we mentioned before, you shouldn’t have too many diverse factors that can jeopardize the overall look. The differences become exaggerated when the variables are focal elements. When you have the same color, you can vary the neckline as well as other factors without affecting the overall look. However, if you intend to use several colors as well as vary the neckline, keep the length constant. If the bridesmaids dresses vary from short to floor length, it will obviously look too disjointed. Differing lengths create an unfinished effect and do not look great in photographs either. Either choose full length gowns for all the girls or ask them to keep it between knee-length and calf-length for uniformity.

5.Keep the overall theme in mind

All the mixing and matching that you do with the bridesmaids dresses should go well with the overall theme you have at your wedding. Consider the formality and style of your wedding when choosing bridesmaids dresses, as just matching the color and design may not tie it to the theme. Be realistic about the extent to which you can permit variations, so it still fits your wedding vision. The dresses your bridesmaids choose should also be formal enough for the style of wedding you have planned.

At Best for Bride, mixing and matching bridesmaids dresses is a breeze. We have plenty of designer bridesmaids collections for you to pick from and meet all your expectations. With several dress designs in different colors from the same designer collection, finding combinations with varying necklines but similar dress features otherwise is no longer difficult. Check out our bridesmaids dress collections by visiting this page. You can also find attractive discounts on bulk bookings, alteration services and quick delivery options. Book your appointment by visiting our website today and start the selection for the best bridesmaids dresses for your wedding.

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