When it comes to wedding dresses, each style will fit every woman differently. For instance, no two body types are alike; you will therefore have to do a bit of research, in order to determine which style is right for you. The same applies to wedding dress necklines, of which there are well over 60 options. Since you likely do not have the time to peruse through all of those, we compiled the following guide detailing some of the most popular necklines of all time. Keep reading for some inspiration!
This style is a wise choice for those who wish to accent their collarbones and shoulders. An off-the-shoulder neckline will sit just below the shoulder, yet cover a portion of the upper arm. As a result, this neckline suits most body types, as it pairs nicely with a variety of wedding dress silhouettes.
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Increasingly popular over the last several years, an illusion neckline is made out of a sheer mesh fabric that extends all the way up to the neck. It can be highly embellished, plain, or anywhere in between. In many designs, an illusion neckline will perform the function of straps. It may also have appliqués on the shoulders, arms or back, which may appear to cling directly to the skin thanks to the creative use of sheer material, which in this case needs to match the skin perfectly. (Hint: we send you fabric swatches for the illusion mesh to get the perfect match for your skin!)
Exactly like it sounds, a square neckline will border the neck in the shape of the bottom half of a square. The back of the dress may look exactly the same, or have a more rectangular shape that extends to the lower back or waist. Although a square neckline may be paired with a trumpet (fit and flare) silhouette, it is most commonly seen with an a-line.
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For our full-glam brides, consider a jewel neckline. Not to be confused with an illusion, this style will share a neckline similar to that of a t-shirt. The jewel applications can be large and heavy, or small and detailed. In many cases, the embellishments can take on the appearance of a necklace. This style looks most appealing on small-busted women, as it can make large-busted women appear top heavy.
Shaped like the top half of a heart, the sweetheart neckline has long been one of the most popular styles. It looks beautiful on full and small chested women, as it accents the chest, back, collarbones and shoulders. It is frequently paired with all kinds of silhouettes from ballgown to trumpet or mermaid, as it too lends to any natural curves you may have, or feel you may be lacking.
A scoop neckline is simply rounded in the front, similar to a u-shape, often just enough to see a tease of cleavage. It is also typically replicated on the back of the dress, although it may dip as low as the waist. This style fits a wide variety of body types and goes well with most wedding dress silhouettes.
For this style, the fabric will cut across the chest from overtop one shoulder to beneath the opposing arm. A one-shoulder neckline is not recommended for bustier women; where as an off-the-shoulder style will accent and hold your girls in, a one-shoulder style may leave you worried about spillage. While it is appropriate for all silhouettes, it is generally seen on sheaths, mermaids and trumpets.
Meeting at the back of the neck, the straps of a halter neckline are often held together via a hook, snap or tie. Typically paired with an open back and a plunging v-neck, this style suits taller women with broad shoulders beautifully. It also offers the perfect hint of sexy, as the strap on the neck provides great flattering for your cleavage.
Similar to a turtleneck or collared shirt, a high neckline encircles the entire neck, in many cases with lace. Considered very fashionable, this style is reminiscent of vintage or modest gowns. It will typically suit tall women well, as it accents a thin, or elongated frame. It is also the perfect neckline to play with sophisticated accents like ruffles.
Named after the Queen of Great Britain, this style is truly timeless. It features a high collar at the back of the neck and a v-neck or similar plunging style in the front. The straps originate from the outer edges of the chest and widen towards the neck. The back of the dress often features a cut-out or button-down, but can also include sheer materials or appliqués. A Queen Anne neckline can be paired with sleeves from short to long, as well as a variety of silhouettes.
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Although a simple v-shape makes this neckline, the depth can vary from a few inches to plunging. That can change the whole look as a result, and take the wedding dress from sweet to va va voom! Moreover, the plunge can be as daring as the bride wants, but can also have a mesh panel for modesty. V necklines are slimming styles, as the downward triangle gives the illusion of height.
The neckline Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, made popular around the world! The boatneck or bateau neckline is a classic style fitting for royalty. A gentle scoop that follows the curve of the collarbones to the shoulders, it is usually paired with long-sleeves or no sleeves at all. This neckline oozes class, and it is perfect for regal looks made out of rich fabrics.
Meghan Markle at her wedding to Prince Harry
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A straight-across neckline is about as simple as it gets, but that doesn’t make it boring. It cuts straight across the chest without completely squashing your cleavage. This style suits a variety of body types, but particularly women with broader shoulders and mid-sized busts. It is also a great choice to give a wedding dress a simple yet modern and sophisticated look.
Still unsure which neckline fits your personality, style and body type? We are here to help! When you choose JoSaBi Mariées for your wedding gown, you are choosing superior customer service and quality. Our JoSaBi process indeed offers every bride full creative freedom from start to finish, with the help of dedicated and knowledgeable consultants. Believe it or not, it is possible to have a one-of-a-kind wedding dress that is custom fit, high quality and doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Put your trust in us and we can prove it to you!
Until next time!