A glossary of wedding dress necklines

 Just as there are many gown silhouettes to discover in your quest for the perfect wedding dress, so too are there a number of wedding dress necklines to consider.

Apart from giving a different look and feel to the gown, necklines can also help you to show off your best features and draw attention away from the things that you don’t.

We have compiled a list of the wedding dress necklines you will find at your nearest wedding dress supplier and let you in on some tips to help you decide which will best match your body type.

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Gown by Suzanne Harward, Photo courtesy of Simon L. King.

One-Shoulder

Monika by Capri

Monika by Capri

One-shoulder necklines look absolutely stunning and can be highlighted with solid lines, lace, or illusion detail. This style is best for smaller busted brides as there is not much room for support. If you don’t feel comfortable going sans bra on your wedding day, you can look for a bra that has interchangeable straps.

Strapless

A strapless neckline usually cuts straight across and suits most figures. Brides with fuller busts will need to be more wary of this style as it may require more sturdy undergarments for support, which can cut into the top of the bust. Try a long-line bra and you might be pleasantly surprised.


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Bateau

A bateau neckline follows the collarbone curves across the chest to the top of the shoulders. This is a more demure style that covers more of the décolletage and looks stunning both with or without sleeves. The bateau gives the appearance of an elongated neck.

Queen Anne

The Queen Anne is a sophisticated style that includes a higher collar behind the neck and a scoop or deep v-neck in the front. This neckline is flattering for most body types.

Jewel

Also known as a crewneck, the Jewel neckline is a classic. It is clean and sets of jewellery well, hence the more blinged-up name. If you would like to show a hint of cleavage, you can opt for a u-shaped low circular neckline that also opens up the neck more than a jewel cut.

Halter

Image: Mori Lee

Image: Mori Lee

It’s a V-neck, only better. The halter boasts a plunging v cut, but the straps wrap around the back of the neck. This is a great neckline to show off a bit of cleavage and can also give the illusion of a fuller bust for smaller chested brides.

High Neck

Taller brides will look stunning with an ultra-elegant high neckline. It also draws attention away from the outline of the shoulders, making it ideal for brides with broader shoulders.

Spaghetti Straps

For brides with slender frames and narrow shoulder, spaghetti straps will look delicate and not dominate the top of the dress as thicker straps would.

Illusion

Illusion necklines add another dimension to other neckline cuts by including transparent fabric and embellishments over the bride’s décolletage. The result is simply stunning and can offer more coverage for the more demure bride without resorting to a high or bateau neck.

Sweetheart

The quintessential bridal neckline, the heart-shaped style follows the outline of the breasts and is flattering for all body shapes. For fuller busted brides, it helps to enhance the silhouette of your figure and for smaller busted brides, it can create the illusion of curves.

V-Neck

A V-neck is perfect for petite brides or those with fuller busts as it lengthens the torso and gives a more streamlined appearance. There is also a square-neck solution, where straps are at right angles to the top of the dress, which can help to draw the eye up and is great for brides with broad shoulders.

Off the shoulder

One of the more on-trend styles this season, the off-the-shoulder neckline highlights the collar bone and shoulders.

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