Going to look for your wedding dress can be overwhelming at first. There are so many different shapes, styles, necklines, waistlines, colors, trains….so which one is right for you? Breathe! Relax and take your time exploring a variety on you.
You will begin to discover what looks and feels best on you for you. Just because it looks great, doesn’t mean you feel comfortable and confident. Find the one that give you it all.
So to start, let’s get acquainted with all the different necklines you will find when looking for your wedding dress:
1. V-Neck: This neckline dips into a V-shape in the front. It is often a very slimming style on many body types at is elongates the silhouette. Rounder face shapes appear more oval and petite brides appear a bit taller. V-necks also make it sexy! The deeper the V, the sexier the bride. It usually works best with smaller to middle-size breasts and cleavage. It allows for longer necklaces to be worn.
2. Square: A neckline that creates a square shape across the upper chest and is usually seen with straps or sleeves.
3. High Neck: The high neck appearance is similar to a turtleneck. A great option for brides looking for a modest neckline. It also gives a bride a more sophisticated look. Great for the offbeat or high fashion bride as they can tend to be edgy in fashion. Most times it requires a bride to wear less jewelry and an updo hairstyle.
4. Bateau or boatneck: This neckline features a wider opening at the neck that runs parallel to your collar bone and comes together near the tip of your shoulders. It gives off a sweet simplicity. It can create the illusion of a bigger chest in a small-breasted women. Boatneck necklines are inherently graceful and usually recommends modest and simple accessories with this classic look. (Psst….this was Meghan Markle’s dress!)
5. Illusion: An illusion neckline that features sheer fabric or lace along the top part of the bodice. Super popular and modern right now. The sheer fabric gives way to a hint of skin and is fashioned in different shapes and materials or lace. It gives a great balance between sexy and sophisticated. Illusion neckline detailing is great for all preferences and body types.
6. One-Shoulder: One-shoulder is a very modern neckline, also known as asymmetrical, featuring one strap. It is perfect for showing off your shoulders, collarbone, and upper arms.
7. Off-the-Shoulder: Off-the-shoulder is a very romantic style that allows the neckline to show off the collarbone with the material hitting the arms below the shoulder. Think “old Hollywood” or boho-chic! Just remember that the material that sits low on the shoulders and arms restricts movement. Sometimes a trade-off for romance!
8. Strapless: Like it sounds, no straps! A traditional strapless goes straight across the chest. This neckline is flattering on most body types, but is especially great on women with broader shoulders. It accentuates the collarbone and shoulders. The straight across line can also give more of a vintage look and feel.
9. Scoop: A Scoop neckline is rounded in the front neckline falling lower than a jewel neckline. Scoop necklines work great on brides with an athletic, pear, hourglass and/or petite shapes as it draws the eye down due to the wider neckline. This lengthens your neck and accentuates your collarbone.
10. Queen Anne: A regal neckline that features a higher collar in the back and a scoop or V-neck in the front. This neckline conveys an Old-World charm and regality. It highlights the neck and frames the upper chest.
11. Halter: A halter neckline usually ties around the neck in some form. Great when a bride wants to expose her shoulders. Great for creating a sliming look for broad shoulders. It will flatter the upper body (shoulders and arms) of a taller bride. It will also help some shorter brides generate a taller figure by emphasizing the neck for a longer silhouette. Halter necklines not only help show off the shoulders, but the upper back too. Keep it simple with jewelry….just the ears whether dramatic, dangling ones, or simple drop earrings. Perfect for the offbeat bride.
12. Jewel: A Jewel neckline has a small scoop fitted right below base of the throat and above the collarbone just like a crew-neck t-shirt. It is simple, modest and perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to be revealing. It is idyllic for anyone who wants to accentuate their upper body. It makes small-chested women appear bustier.
13. Sweetheart: A strapless neckline that dips in the front creating an outline of the top of an upside down heart is called a Sweetheart neckline. It is the most popular as it is flattering on most people. It is chic and sexy in a regal and tasteful way. Sweethearts can help bustier brides enhance their natural curves. It works great for smaller shaped brides to create the illusion of a larger bust. The sweetheart neckline can be slightly dipping (13A) to a plunging deep line (13B).
14. Spaghetti Straps: A neckline featuring very thin straps called Spaghetti straps. This gives a sweet, dainty look.
15. Cowl: Cowl neckline is a loose fitting and draping material in the front neckline. It gives some old world romance and softness to the neckline.
The best way to discover what looks best on you may just be to try them. Wedding dresses are like no other, so go to a place that will give you the variety and options to try on the different necklines that catch your eye or that you know look best on you.
We hope you come see This Magic Moment Bridal Studio. With over 25 different designers and over 300 high-end designer wedding dresses, there is a great chance to try on the necklines, styles, shapes, and colors you want to see on yourself.
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