Wedding Dress Neckline Guide

When it comes to looking for your wedding dress, the considerations can be overwhelming. It is fair to say that most women are uncertain about which styles and shapes are most suited /flattering to them.

It may help to break your preferences into categories according to shape (which we blogged about recently here), style (looking by Designer can help with this) and neckline.

Neckline’s are helpful to consider in relation to your upper body build but also comfort. Here are the 10 most common necklines to look out for when browsing.

Cowl

This has a very 1920’s feel and works really well for petite, smaller chested women. Bear in mind that cowl neck dresses also tend to be a slim fit with a puddle or fishtail trail, so you can’t have one without the other.

Sweetheart

This is an especially flattering neckline for strapless dresses and frames the collarbone in a more appealing manner than a flat, straight cut. Sweetheart necklines tend to be accentuated by a cinch at the waist then A-line skirt.

Halter

This is a super flattering neckline to show off collarbones and shoulders. Again, more suitable for women less endowed, as you tend not to get a great deal of chest support. Halter necks have a modern yet Grecian feel about them.

Plunge

Not just for the daring, but an extremely attractive choice of neckline. Plunge necks don’t need to be too revealing or audacious, but subtly trail the sternum. They are also incredibly versatile with a range of different skirt shapes.

Bateau

Or otherwise known as the slash-neck, this is classic, tasteful and incredibly stylish. This also suits just about any skirt shape, is perfect for showing off the fuller bust and actually has a miraculous slimming effect on the arms.

Off-Shoulder

This neckline in itself comes in a wide range of different styles. Long sleeved, thin strapped, lace, satin, the current trend ‘cold-shoulder’ are all are uber-flattering and achingly trendy. Off-shoulder has a very bohemian feel about it for the relaxed yet flirty bride.

Queen Anne

The Queen Anne is named as such for its traditional yet timeless charm. Most commonly appearing in lace, it frames the décolletage like a work of art. Again, a winner for the fuller busted bride – time to show off those assets!

Scoop

This has an almost balletic appeal about it, especially when paired with a tulle skirt. Scoop necks have been big on the bridal runways this season and came adorned with diamanté and bead work.

Square

This can look similar to the scoop neck but makes all the difference depending on what build you are. Square necks have a Jane Austen feel about them whereas scoop necks are immediately more modern.

Spaghetti Strap

Last but not least, the spaghetti strap is a tiny yet remarkably altering feature. It transforms what would otherwise be deemed a strapless dress, and dare we say is actually very sexy. It gives the sense of the dress being held together oh so tenderly, which can be very alluring for your partner!