When it comes to choosing your wedding dress, there are a number of factors to consider – shape, neckline, fabric, amongst a whole host more. To try and give you a bit of a steer with regards to things to consider, we have put together the first of a mini series of ‘Our Guide to…’ This week, we’re focusing on wedding dress necklines.
This neckline is one of the most instantly recognisable, although when it comes to v-neck wedding dresses, the variation on styles can be overwhelming. From simple straightforward v-neck, to plunging v-neck, to illusion v-neckline. V-necklines work beautifully on hourglass or apple shaped brides. The v shape adds the illusion of height, lengthening the torso and balancing out the silhouette.
The epitome of classic neckline when it comes to wedding dresses. Literally taking its name from the shape of the top if a heart, the sweetheart neckline creates a soft, romantic feel. Gently accentuating curves by following the natural bust line and creating an elegant finish by showing just the right amount of cleavage.
The sweetheart neckline is particularly flattering to fuller chested brides, accentuating the décolletage. Another option when it comes to sweetheart necklines is the addition of an illusion panel, rising higher than the bust line – lengthening the torso and neck for a striking result.
Perfect choice for a more formal or traditional wedding due to the added coverage the bateau neckline offers. Wedding dresses with this neckline offer an incredibly elegant silhouette. The bateau shape is cut straight across, showing less of the décolletage – gently following the curve of the collarbone to the tip of the shoulders. As this particular style enhances the chest area, you may want to consider wedding dresses with a bateau illusion panel over a lower cut bodice if you are particularly blessed in that area!
The off the shoulder neckline is as it sounds – the neckline sits below the shoulders, showcasing a woman’s collarbone and shoulders. A wedding dress with off the shoulder neckline will flatter almost all shapes and sizes. Despite having your shoulders on show, if you are a little conscious of your upper arms you will find off the shoulder wedding gowns available with varying length sleeves offering you the desired amount of coverage.
The jewel neckline is also sometimes referred to as the t-shirt neckline, due to its similarity in shape. This round neckline sits at the base of the throat and can be found with or without sleeves. Jewel necklines work best for the smaller breasted bride, as the shape accentuates the chest area and can leave fuller chested ladies feeling a little top heavy.
Strapless wedding dresses are another true classic. These gowns can be found with straight, sweetheart or plunging necklines and are perfect for showcasing the décolletage. If you are planning to go all out with your wedding jewellery, a strapless wedding dress is perfect for showing off a gorgeous necklace. If you are particularly well endowed or a little heavy in the upper arm, the strapless gown may not be the most flattering choice.
There are no rules!
Although we have eluded to some body shapes that will be particularly flattered by each style of neckline, there are no rules. The only way to know if a dress flatters your body, shape, size and colouring is by trying it on. We will always offer our expert opinion on what we think will work but there is no accounting for putting on a dress and knowing that it’s the one for you. The one that makes you feel a million dollars. Whether you’re a curvy bride in a bateau or an A-cup bride in a v-neck!