Wedding dress neckline types

Strapless, strappy, halter, or sweetheart? There are so many necklines to choose from when you’re searching for a bridal gown it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re not sure what style of wedding dress to go for, check out our guide to wedding dress neckline types.

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Strapless bridal gown

The strapless gown is the most common bridal style with the shoulders, chest and neck completely on show. While also being valued for its elegant qualities, the strapless style can incorporate many necklines such as sweetheart. A strapless gown will need internal support to ensure the piece keeps its shape.

Spaghetti strap bridal gown

Similar in style to the strapless design, a dress with spaghetti straps allows the wearer to indulge in a bodice that plunges far lower at the back while still exposing the neck and chest. The delicate straps will enhance the shoulder and stop the bride looking too bare. Sparkling jewels can be added to the straps for something special.

Halter neck bridal gown

By slimming the waistline and creating the effect of a longer torso, the halter-neck style should be the first choice for brides with a bigger than average bust size. Such a design also leaves the shoulders exposed and emphasises the neck area.

Sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart bodice is typically ’80’s, worn with puffy sleeves and a soft heart shaped neckline. It’s the perfect choice for younger brides or those who would consider themselves to be a little more conservative.

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Scooped or square neckline

Both scooped and square bodices are reminiscent of each other, the sole difference being the curve of the scoop as opposed to the harsh square. Indeed, both styles fit with low necklines with the purpose of both being to display the chest and neck region. These suit all body shapes and sizes.

Empire line bodice

A bodice with an empire line ends below the bust line, just as the skirt begins. As a result of the skirt starting above the waist and hips, the skirt and legs will seem longer. An empire line dress can be wonderful for fuller figures as it skims over the tummy and hips, and when combined with a fishtail or mermaid skirt it is particularly flattering. The empire line is also a fantastic look for pregnant brides.

Bateau neckline

Most people will be familiar with the distinctive shoulder to shoulder linear seam of the boat neck, and this can be modernised with bell sleeves made of weighty lace. The most effective way to wear the bateau neckline is to have it set lower than normal with the fabric gathered at the top. Think Audrey Hepburn!

Sheer neckline

The sheer style works in conjunction with either the strapless, scooped, or square bodice with a sheer fabric such as organza or chiffon sewn over the top of the gown to create a higher neckline. This is often embroidered or accessorised with crystals.

This article was provided by Sweet Petites and edited by Easy Weddings UK.

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