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A Simple Guide To Best Hairstyles for Different Wedding Dress Necklines That You May Not Know About

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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Looks we love: Wedding dresses with dramatic necklines

Modern brides constantly seek innovative designs and ideas to set their look apart from the rest. Every bride wants to look different, so her bridal look is memorable and impressive. Modern bridal dress designers understand this interest in distinctive fashion choices in bridal wear. Hence, they also experiment with various styles and details to create one-of-a-kind bridal dresses that are sure to captivate.

One of the main elements dress designers use to create impact is the neckline. Take a look at this article on Wedding Ideas to understand the popular wedding dress neckline styles available. Contemporary bridal dresses offer unexpected and interesting twists to traditional necklines, making it the statement feature of bridal gowns. From illusion necklines, unique embellishments, mixed necklines in a single dress and keyhole details, there are plenty of options that will steal focus without any focus.

The right neckline will enhance your facial features, draw attention to your best assets, hide those you don’t like to highlight and also add to the beauty of your bridal gown. This feature will also add subtle drama to the bridal look. Here are some dresses from our collection that feature such dramatic necklines.

The plunging neckline is a bold choice in wedding fashion, and one that not every bride is brave enough to sport on her wedding day. In this Sophia Tolli dress Y11723 Lucille, the typical plunging V-neckline style gets a feminine update with beautiful lace appliques. Although a bold dress, lace appliques trim the sweetheart neckline and extend into the dipped neckline, all the way down. The effect is romantic and unusually attractive. While the neckline allows ample display of skin in the bust region, it is surprisingly demure.

The Sophia Tolli Y11720 Felicity has a necklace formed of lace appliques on a sheer illusion layer. This separates it from the sweetheart bodice. Although it is actually a single piece, the neckline details stand out separately from the rest of the dress. Matching embroidered lace appliques also extend along the arms into three-fourth length sleeves. This adds a special effect. With such embellishments, the bridal look is complete even without a necklace, pendants or other neck accessories. This dress design is very attractive, with beautiful layers of tulle, V-shaped back, illusion sleeves and dropped waist. Nevertheless, it is undeniably the neckline that stands out as a statement feature and steals focus.

 

Sparkling elements create a striking effect in the Sophia Tolli Y11714 Celestia with the halter neckline detail. Fine hand embroidery with sparkling crystal and bead accents embellish the entire neckline and extend over the fitted yoke over the inner plunging sweetheart bodice. The designs are classy, with fine details that form the statement element of this dress. Illusion details in the bodice and neckline of this dress have unique charm, and their sparkling effect beautifully complements the soft textures in the skirt. The result is a romantic wedding gown.

Enchanting illusion details within the V-neckline of this Sophia Tolli A-line wedding dress add unique charm to the overall dress. The entire dress has ruchings that add beautiful texture. However, the illusion details in the center of the bodice spread out between the V-shaped plunging neckline and create a mesmerizing effect. The illusion appliques have sparkling floral swirls with stunning details below the bust and at the waistline, for added effect. Similar illusion motifs also punctuate the back, adding the perfect finishing touches to this gorgeous dress.

Definitely a choice for the bold bride, the Mori Lee 6870 Malin has a distinct plunging V-shaped neckline that extends all the way down to the natural waistline. It has a barely visible sheer panel holding the shape in the center. The bodice is trimmed piping along the edges, while the entire length features peek-a-boo floral lace appliques that extend to the natural waistline. Sultry and sexy, this dress stands out because of its vivid neckline and details in the bodice, while the soft satin skirt is traditional fare with no extra embellishments.

 

The off-the-shoulder neckline is a bridal fashion trend that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. This neckline is undeniably feminine and perfect for women who wish to show off their slender neck and beautiful collar bones. This is the defining feature of the pristine and posh Marquesa 8179 gown from the Mori Lee collection. The entire dress is finished in a stunning satin finish that is elegant and powerful. The beauty of the A-line skirt is significantly enhanced by the off-the-shoulder scoop neckline, and it has a charming bridal look. The dress also features a removable diamante beaded belt, that adds a touch of sparkle to the coolness and unblemished stark white dress.

All-over satin floral lace appliques create a whimsical effect in the entire length of this Sans Pareil bridal gown. However, the high bateau neckline with scalloped edges has a unique head to toe effect. Since the appliques spread out into the sleeves as well, the dress is a reflection of textural finesse. The illusion effect of the lace appliques against the inner inner strapless bodice is exquisite. This is a dress that is dramatic by itself, and doesn’t require any accessories to complete its beauty.

 

Observe how strategically placed embroidered lace appliques create a beautiful bodice with exquisite plunging V-neckline feature in this Sans Pareil 1061 A-line dress. The entire yoke has a sheer layer, that is barely visible, but supports the bust and holds the detailed embellishments in place. The lace along the bodice extends into thin straps and the almost translucent sheen of the appliques contrasts with the billowing layers of tulle in the skirt. The waistline definition with a satin sash further enhances the figure, and draws attention to a slender waist. This dress is equally interesting from the back, with lace appliques framing the yoke, and a fabric button train extending along the center.

Soft lace silhouettes embellish the entire length of this fit and flare Sans Pareil 1059 wedding dress. Nevertheless, the illusion effect that is created in the bateau neckline over sweetheart bodice has unique visual appeal. The neck region highlights details of the contemporary lace flowers. The high bateau neckline and cap sleeves draw attention to this area. With a thicker texture for the lace, the effect is modest and reveals no skin. Nevertheless it is very feminine and romantic. A well-toned structure is displayed to perfection with this silhouette, and the rhinestone embellished belt adds to the overall effect.

Here is another dress with a beautiful off-the-shoulder neckline, this time from the Sans Pareil collection. Elaborate floral lace details embellish the entire bodice all the way up to the waistline, where a hint of skin is revealed. The bodice is supported by a sheer yoke that extends into a barely visible scoop neckline. However, the dress looks like it sports just an off-the-shoulder neckline formed of lace, and scattered floral motifs spread over the length of the arms. The three-dimensional lace is striking and beautiful.

 

Gentle ruffles along the scoop neckline of this Sans Pareil modified A-line gown add extraordinary charm to it. It forms the perfect combination with sparkling crystal embellished details along the cap sleeves of the gown. The shimmering details in the sleeves matches the intricate crystal details adorning the chevron waistband beautifully. The gentle touch of texture along the neckline is the only discerning feature of this otherwise simple gown. However, this feature alone elevates the impact of the gown, making it a work of art.

Illusion lace appliques form a divine single shoulder strap detail in this sexy wedding dress from the Sans Pareil collection. The entire dress, including the yoke has a single sheer layer. Additionally, the strategic placement of the hand-embroidered lace appliques creates a unique neckline style. A thin layer of sheer also forms a high scoop neckline. The lace appliques along one shoulder extend into a thin strand in the back. This completes the effect with perfection. Although the bodice details are ultra-feminine, the dress is a bold choice with a mostly-sheer skirt and see-through effect.

An exotic floral lace band extends across the neckline of this Sans Pareil dress with A-line skirt and see-through bodice. With a lace necklace, this layer of lace stays in place by the sheer panel that covers the yoke. The same design continues in the sweetheart bodice, with a cohesive effect. With the width of the lace neckline extending beyond that of the bodice, the dress is elegant and graceful. The peek-a-boo effect in the waistline adds extra drama. Equally beautiful is the dainty corset detail in the back, with the same lace motifs on either side of it.

Regally bewitching, this Sans Pareil dress is gorgeous with its off-the-shoulder neckline. It also has slim three-fourth illusion sleeves and ruffled fit and flare skirt. It combines many fashion elements at once, and is both elegant and captivating. The sheer lace motifs along the neckline and sleeves have dainty scalloped edges, while the detailed motifs add beautiful texture to the dress. The strapless satin bodice opens out into a ruffled skirt. It is simply amazing with gently gathered pleats that flow into a majestic court train at the rear.

From the Jasmine collection is this stunning sheath wedding dress with a softly scalloped lace embellished V-neckline that continues into cap sleeves over an inner sweetheart bodice. The entire dress has the same lace all over. However, the neckline has impressive allure since it is completed in illusion finish. With its overlapping lace motifs that create a three dimensional effect, the fine and intricate work on it is bewitching. The sheer layer that supports the neckline also has a slender strand along the center. It adds a hint of sparkle to the neckline.

 

The fine draped finish of this dress elevates a regular sweetheart neckline to glory in this beautiful Jasmine wedding gown. Scintillating supporting straps further accentuate the effect of the bodice, while adding just enough sparkle to create a bridal effect. The draped effect that begins in the sweetheart neckline of the dress. This continues down into a dropped waist that gathers at one side. A sparkling crystal embellished design defines the culminating point of the draped layers in the skirt of this dress. With a silky satin finish and charming details, this is a dress that looks luxurious and elegant.

Now tell us, which of these wedding dress necklines appeals most to you? Or is there are different style that we missed? Please let us know in the comments below.

Of the different design features of a wedding dress, the neckline is one that can make or break your look. In fact, I would even say that it is the next most important factor after the wedding dress silhouette. Make your wedding dress neckline choice according to how good your neckline area looks. Also look at how well it suits your facial features.

Fortunately, there are options to change modern dress necklines to match your expectations. A talented seamstress will have the tools and ideas to make this work for you. So, don’t dismiss a wedding dress if the neckline alone doesn’t appeal to you. Check with your bridal consultant to see what customization options are possible to make it right for your vision.

To take a closer look at any of the dresses featured here, and also to find more inspiration for your unique bridal look, visit the Best for Bride website. Check out our online bridal collection gallery. This will allow you to shortlist your favorites from there, before you head out for wedding shopping.

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Most popular wedding dress necklines for different body types

We have often talked about the importance of choosing a wedding dress that flatters your body shape. While you should make this a priority for an amazing bridal look, there are more dress aspects that you should pay attention to.

After the silhouette, the next most important factor that can make or break your wedding day look is the neckline. Since the neckline sits so close to the face, you should get it right. The right neckline will enhance your facial features and balance out the proportions of your neck and shoulders.

The dress neckline is a major style factor that determines the overall impact of a dress. Thus, you can easily tie your look to the wedding theme by choosing the right wedding dress neckline that complements it.

Join me as I take a look at the all-time favorites in bridal gown necklines for different body types, in the dresses from our collection at Best for Bride. As we explore this dress feature in detail in various dress styles, don’t forget to make a note of your favorites for when you go wedding dress shopping!

Trending and glamorous off-the-shoulder neckline

Immortalized in classic fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast, this timeless favorite has been an ongoing hit in the wedding world. It has a playful vibe, even while it is feminine and classic. This neckline bares the shoulders, as it extends across the bust and fits along the arms. The best thing about the off-the-shoulder neckline is that it looks good with sleeves of any length. Additionally, it looks amazing on most types of fabric including lace. Take a look at this article on the Brides website for more insight into this wedding dress feature. 

The off-the-shoulder neckline suits most body types, except the inverted triangle. The pear-shaped body has a heavy and broad upper torso, that is best camouflaged for a balanced look. Unfortunately, the off-the-shoulder neckline draws attention to this very area. Hence it is best avoided by brides with this body type. Similarly it doesn’t flatter women with thick and short necks, as it draws attention to this part of their body.

The dress seen here is from the Sans Pareil collection. The pairing of its off-the-shoulder neckline with cap sleeves and a thick ball gown skirt creates a silhouette that has signature fairytale charm.

Glamorous and stylish single shoulder strap

The one-shoulder neckline is an asymmetrical dress element that instantly enhances the glamour quotient of the dress. It features just one shoulder strap, while the other side has a strapless neckline detail. It reminds us of Grecian goddesses and it is a statement element in a bridal look. Dresses with single shoulder draping or straps are widely favored for destination weddings, as the impact of this element is just right for a beach wedding.

 

One shoulder wedding gowns can have a draped single shoulder detail, or it may present as a simple shoulder strap that is an extension of the strapless style. The asymmetrical nature of this style element doesn’t suit the inverted body type as it draws focus to the chest and decolletage. Since it highlights the neck, it is also best avoided by brides with thick necks and no distinct collar bones.

The dress in the image above is from the Sophia Tolli collection. Paired with a mermaid silhouette, this dress brings together many elements that look great in a beach ambiance. It is also glamorous, with its lush scattering of embellishments. This renders it ideal for an opulent theme as well.

Classic scoop for all body types

Simple but universally flattering, the scoop or round neckline is suitable for almost every body type. The depth of this neckline can range from high to low, and the effect it creates varies accordingly. The scoop is a naturally rounded shape, and according to the dimensions it takes can enhance the body features of the bride. While a low-cut scoop draws attention to shapely collar bones and the neck, a high scoop conceals this area. The scoop when cut low, will reveal a hint of cleavage and accentuate the sex appeal of the dress.


Featured in this picture is a Sans Pareil wedding gown with wide scoop neckline, that frames a sweetheart bodice. The rounded nature of the neckline creates a balanced look and draws attention to the collar bones, neck and chin. This type of neckline when combined with sleeves is naturally slimming. It diverts attention upwards from the waist and hips, hence making it a good choice for apple and pear-shaped brides. Scoop necklines with half-length sleeves can make a thin bride look very slim, and are best avoided by rectangle-shaped body types.

Never-fail V-neckline

The V-neckline may have risen and fallen in terms of depth over the years. However it is still going strong in the wedding fashion scene. There is a subtle sexy element attached to this neckline, whether it is kept high or low. This is probably why it is a favorite choice for many brides.

 

In recent years, the V-neckline has plunged low to reveal more than what can is a modest dose of cleavage. Many bold brides who want to show off their bold and confident style in their wedding dress choice have embraced this trend. Whether paired with long sleeves, straps or barely-there sleeves, the V-neckline is a romantic and feminine style element with few contenders.

Here is a Mori lee wedding dress with cap sleeves that continue into a splendid V-neckline. The textured bodice with heavily embellished lace extends into a V-neckline that is both charming and sexy.

Bateau neckline that works for all

Shaped like a boat, the bateau neckline is a universal favorite that flatters all body types. This style extends from one shoulder to the other, barely revealing the collar bones. Although the neckline is modest, it is elegant and sophisticated. The only issue with this dress feature is that it draws attention to the neck. So, it is best avoided if you have a thick neck area and your collar bones aren’t visible. Also the raised nature of this neckline enhances the bust area. Hence, you may wish to avoid this neckline if you have a large bust and do not wish to draw attention to this part of your body. On the contrary, this neckline is well-suited for brides with small or average busts as it emphasizes these proportions.

This Sans Pareil dress features a bateau neckline over a sweetheart bodice with T-shirt sleeves. The neckline adds a demure, feminine touch to the classic wedding gown, and it draws attention to the facial features. This neckline is also a good option to consider if you want to avoid a necklace, but draw focus to a pair of stunning earrings in your outfit.

All-time favorite—the sweetheart

The sweetheart neckline is feminine and romantic. It closely follows the contours of the bust and resembles the upper half of a heart shape. There is a dip in the center, and the depth of it determines the amount of cleavage that it reveals. Sweetheart necklines are a bridal favorite, and are popular in many bridal collections. This neckline detail may come with straps or hold up on its own. The final look is very different in either case. This style looks best on women with average bust sizes, as it is revealing on women with heavy tops. It doesn’t always sit well on women with small busts. Since this type of neckline reveals the neck and decolletage, it draws attention to the upper torso. However, the extent of embellishments will also determine the overall impact of this neckline.

Here is a Sans Pareil wedding dress which features a classic sweetheart neckline. You can see how the embellishments on it add to the texture and beautifully complements the fitted waistband. The upper half of the dress is just as appealing as the elaborate peplum lace details and the heavily layered skirt that it continues into.

Retro-inspired halter neckline

Although the halter doesn’t work well for all body types, it is a style element with no parallel. This dress style exudes confidence and is youthful and exciting. The factor that it offers modest coverage in the front, only to reveal an open back makes it unusually charming. In the absence of sleeves and shoulder straps, the top is simply held up by straps that fasten at the back of the neck.


This dress feature works wonders for hourglass and straight body types. However it is best avoided by pear-shaped women. This is because the neckline doesn’t look good on narrow shoulders. It further accentuates the effect of the hips and makes the rounded nature of this area very obvious. It is difficult to pair this neckline with a bra. Hence, you should consider this factor when choosing this dress style.

The beautiful Mori Lee dress in the image here has pretty illusion details on a halter neckline. The embellishments are very bridal and add a feminine touch to the dress style.

The elusive illusion neckline

There is an unbeatable charm for a sheer neckline embellished with scintillating embroidery and lace effects. Illusion necklines are very popular in the bridal world, for they have a soft charm and the embellishments add sparkle to the bridal look. Illusion necklines are often seen over a sweetheart or strapless bodice, and draw attention to the neck and decolletage area. Although they offer coverage, they are distinctly sexy and very feminine in effect. This type of neckline is universally flattering, and is suitable for women of all shapes and sizes. It can also come with or without sleeves, and the effect is dramatically different in each of the cases.

This neckline can take on any shape, including the bateau and scoop. The best thing about this style is that the simple presence of a layer or sheer renders a strapless dress suitable for a traditional wedding setting. Hence, brides who have church weddings often prefer this neckline over a strapless gown. Take a look at this article on the Bridal Extravaganza Show to understand why this style is huge in wedding fashion. 

Notice how the ethereal illusion neckline layer adds sophistication and charm to this beautiful Sans Pareil dress seen here! What could just look like another sweetheart ball gown receives a dose of modesty as well as sparkle with the simple addition of an illusion layer that extends into soft cap sleeves.

While the previous dress had simple illusion details, here is one that stands out. This dress from the Mori Lee collection features an illusion layer over a sweetheart bodice. The sheer fabric is richly embellished with a fine scattering of jewels. You can also see how the strategic placement of the details in the neckline eliminates the need for a necklace.

While there are more necklines like the portrait, Queen Anne, strapless and square styles, the ones we discussed here have been quite popular on the wedding fashion scene over the last couple of years. As the modern bride’s interests change over time, so does her choices in various dress features. Nonetheless, some trends stand the test of time, and these necklines we discussed fit the bill.

It is your turn now, so tell us which of these necklines is your favorite in the comments section below.

To learn more about the dresses featured in this post as well as check out more options that are available, visit our bridal dress gallery on the Best for Bride website. With a variety of designer collections that cater to the preferences of every type of bride, this is the perfect destination for you to shortlist your bridal dress choices. So, whether you prefer a sweetheart gown, an off-the-shoulder beauty or destination wedding dress with asymmetrical neckline details, find your dream dress here in the Best for Bride wedding collection.

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The different wedding dress necklines and a guide to what looks good on whom

The neckline of your wedding dress has an important role in determining how you look. Not every neckline looks good on a bride, only the ones that flatter her figure and facial features will create the best impact.

Here is a roundup of the various types of necklines that are seen in our wedding gowns at Best for Bride. Read on to find out which of these will best suit you, before you go shopping for your dream dress.

Types of wedding dress necklines

Scoop Neckline

The scoop is basically a U or round neckline, the depth of which can determine the impact it creates. Its simplicity draws instant attention to the neck and face, and it is a universally flattering neckline that looks good on almost any bride. While most scoop necklines continue into the back with a slight dip, it can also be cut low in the front to give a modest display of cleavage. The rounded effect of a scoop neckline creates the illusion of curves and looks good on brides who are not liberally endowed in the chest area.

V-neckline

The V-neckline is a trend that is always popular, because there is a V for every bride. Any neckline that culminates in a pointed dip at the center can be classified as a V. It’s beauty is in its versatility. A deep cut plunging V-neckline is sexy and bold and looks good on brides with medium sized busts, while a high V-neckline is modest and elegant and suits both well-endowed and small chested women. The basic V-neckline looks beautiful on sleeveless gowns, but can also be found on cap-sleeve gowns and gowns with three-fourths or full sleeves.

Bateau or Sabrina

Also known as the Sabrina neckline, the bateau is easily recognized by its similarity to the shape of a boat. It has a slightly softened straight cut that extends from one collarbone to the other, and has a wide opening at the neck without revealing much of the decolletage. The bateau looks best on brides with small chests.

Strapless

As the name suggests, this neckline lacks straps and the support is built into the bodice. The neckline may either cut straight across the bust, or slightly curve for a softer look. Since this neckline draws instant focus to the upper body, it looks good on women who have moderate size busts and should be avoided by small-chested and large-chested brides. Additionally, it is not recommended for tall, thin women as it can emphasize their height and make them look skinny.

Sweetheart

A soft and feminine design, the sweetheart neckline resembles the upper half of a heart as it closely follows the natural curves of the bust and slightly dips in the center. This is a very popular neckline, and is also commonly paired with lace or sheer fabric to form attractive illusion necklines. It is usually paired with sleeveless or illusion style dresses but may sometimes be found on dresses with longer sleeve lengths. The design showcases the neck, decolletage and shoulders with elegance. Best recommended for brides with slender arms and shoulders, it should be avoided by brides who have too large chest areas.

Off-the-shoulder

A pattern that has recently gained popularity, off-the-shoulder necklines are characterized by the absence of sleeves around the shoulder. Instead the sleeves and neckline begin lower than the shoulder and extends in a line, across the chest. It thus draws attention to the shoulders, collar bones and decolletage. A very modern and trendy pattern, this neckline is a great choice for slender brides with well-toned arms and a beautiful neck. It is not recommended for brides with chubby necks and thick shoulders.

Halter neck

Here, the straps go around the neck and close at the back. Commonly seen on sleeveless gowns, the neckline usually closes with buttons or fabric behind the neck. It is stylish and slimming and may be cut low to reveal cleavage, or cut high to look very modest. The pattern is suitable for slim brides who wish to emphasize their bust area. Halters with sleeveless styles look great on women with long and thin necks and broad shoulders. It is not suitable for women with thick, short necks.

Single shoulder neckline

A neckline that instantly reminds us of Grecian goddesses and makes a befitting choice for beach weddings, the single shoulder neckline drapes towards just one shoulder, leaving the remaining one exposed. Also known as the asymmetrical neckline, it is very stylish and perfect for a dramatic bridal look. The single shoulder strap gives it more sophistication than the nearest similar look—the strapless design. It looks beautiful on women with narrow shoulders and thin arms. It will also suit brides with long necks and thin collarbones. In certain variations of this basic pattern, there may be a slender strap on the other shoulder, with an asymmetrical neckline that drapes more prominently towards one side.

Cowl neckline

This neckline features draped fabric that loosely hangs around the neck of the dress. The thicker fabric at the neck draws instant attention to the neck and the amount of chest that is being exposed. It can be paired with sleeveless dresses or those with sleeves. The neckline is suggested for brides with medium to small busts, as it emphasizes the upper body and makes it look bulkier than it actually is. Proper placing of the draped fabric can also work to shift focus from a full bust, but it can be revealing and so should be chosen with due care.

Illusion neckline

One of the most happening necklines, the illusion neckline is a universal classic. It features lace or sheer fabric that covers the bodice and continues upwards to form a higher second neckline. The sheer layer contrasts noticeably with the underlying fabric, and creates an ethereal finish. The most dramatic pairings are with sweetheart bodices, although it works with almost any other bodice too. The illusion neckline is often decorated with intricate lace designs, beading, embroidery or crystal work to create masterpieces of art. Such necklines eliminate the need for a necklace. The layer of thin fabric over the sweetheart or strapless neckline within it, offers support and gives the gown a modest yet sophisticated look. The illusion design used on the neckline often continues into the back of the dress too, crafting unique gowns with spellbinding effects.

Queen Anne Neckline

Similar to a halter-neck, the Queen Anne neckline is however higher up in the back of the neck and lower in the front. It is safe to say that it looks like the dress has a collar at the back, but recedes into a partially opened front. A sweetheart neckline in the front is a common design employed with this half-collar design. It has a very formal look, and this neckline is perfect for brides who do not want to display cleavage, shoulders or collar bones. It is usually paired with long sleeved gowns, to make maximum use of the elegance of its design.

Square

As the name suggests, the neckline and the straps meet at right angles. The depth of this neckline may vary from shallow to deep, and it may either be narrow or wide. The neckline looks good on brides with round faces, as the sharp lines defining the edges draws attention away from the roundness of the face.

Spaghetti straps

Very thin strands form the straps of these sleeveless gowns. The neckline as such may be cowl, scoop, V or sweetheart. The straps are usually adorned with scintillating elements to add a dose of glitz to the dress. Not only is it very stylish, it is also a modern choice that is youthful and fashionable. These straps are usually paired with modern and figure-fitting silhouettes to form glamorous gowns. It is a perfect choice if you have beautiful, well-toned shoulders and elegant collarbones. Spaghetti strap wedding gowns may not be a good idea for brides who have chunky necks and shoulders.

Jewel

This can be considered a very high-cut scoop neckline, where the neckline is exactly at the area where the neck ends. It is modest, and covers up the upper torso, shoulders and collar bones. The jewel neckline is similar to a typical T-shirt neckline. It is usually paired with sleeveless wedding gowns that extend into ball gown skirts, mermaid gowns and A-line dresses. It is a perfect choice for formal wedding ceremonies, held in a place of worship. Suggested for brides who want a supported bodice and do not want to draw attention to their chest area.

This covers all the different necklines that are commonly found on wedding dresses.

How to choose a suitable neckline

When choosing your wedding dress neckline, what are the basic factors you should consider? This article on the Oasis Events blog tells us that the three most important elements that should help you determine your choice of neckline are—body type, face shape and bust size.

Let us look at each of these factors in detail.

Body Type: The idea of choosing any dress feature is to create a balance in look. Average sized women, with slender figures can carry off most necklines. Brides who are on the heavier side should look for necklines like the square or V, which have prominent lines that can elongate and make them look slimmer. Extremely thin women should opt for curved and wide necklines that will give a more rounded appearance to their face. The bateau, scoop and jewel will be good choices.

The shoulder width is also to be considered when choosing the neckline. Women with broad shoulders should avoid necklines like the halter or spaghetti straps that create the impression of a larger shoulder. Similarly, if you have large shoulders, choose necklines that reduce the impact by shifting focus to another area. Scoop and V-necklines do this. For brides with very narrow shoulders, choose horizontally stretched necklines like the bateau or low-cut necklines.

Face shape: Unless your face is symmetrical and oval, you have to pay close attention when choosing your necklines. Oval and angular faces can make do with almost any neckline. For long faces, necklines that are horizontal are best. Bateau and off-the-shoulder necklines are examples. Brides with round faces should look at V-necklines or other designs that balance out the roundness of their faces. A wide neckline, on the other hand, will further add fullness to your face and blow your facial proportions even bigger.

Bust size: Last but not the least, your chest proportions have a role to play where your neckline choice is concerned. Brides with moderate or average busts will look good in almost any neckline. Small-chested brides should choose necklines that create the illusion of curves and emphasize the thickness of the chest. High necklines like the bateau, Queen Anne and sweetheart necklines are a good idea. They should avoid strapless designs or thick cowl necklines. Brides who have large busts should opt for supportive neck designs like the Queen Anne, scoop or V. They should be cautious when choosing the sweetheart and plunging V, as they can end up looking bulkier than they actually are. The illusion neckline is one universal neckline that works well for most brides.

On a final note, we should add that there are several variations for each neckline. So don’t be jaded by what is suggested for each. It is possible that a certain variation of a neckline may work well for you, so treat these only as a guideline. Trust your bridal consultant to understand what will work for you, and keep your options open.

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