Wedding Dress Necklines

March 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment


Bridal portrait.

From sweetheart to bateau, selecting a neckline for your wedding dress is an important decision. There are several factors to consider when choosing the best neckline for your dress including your body type, face, neck, shoulders, décolletage, bust and body shape. Many pictures will be taken on your wedding day and your neckline will be featured in most of them. Knowing your options for necklines helps with picking your perfect wedding day look. Read this quick glossary about wedding dress necklines.


One of the most popular necklines styles for wedding dresses is the strapless, a style that does not have straps or sleeves. Variations include straight across, slightly curved and sweetheart.


Resembling the top half of a heart is the sweetheart neckline, a flattering style featuring the décolletage. Sweet heart necklines help make the neck look longer and provide an elongated appearance to the torso.


The off-the-shoulder style is as the name implies a style that features straps or sleeves on one side whilst the other showcases the collarbone and shoulder.


The V-neck features two diagonal lines that drop down from the shoulders and meet at a point on the chest creating a V effect.


The scoop neckline is characterized by a rounded u-shaped that begins at the shoulders. The depth may vary from demure to plunging.


The bateau neckline features a linear shape that extends straight across from one shoulder to the other. Other names for the bateau include the boat neck or Sabrina neckline.


An illusion neckline showcases a sheer fabric or lace overlay that extends from the bodice over the bust and up to the shoulders depending on style.


The square neckline features a horizontal bodice intersecting the straps creating a box or rectangle shape.

High Neck

The high neck neckline usually covers a small portion of the neck. Types of high necklines include the turtleneck, jewel and crew neck.


Halter necklines function as two straps that tie or connect around the back of the neck, a great way to showcase shoulders. The halter neckline may feature variations of other necklines such as scoop neck or V-neck.

Queen Ann

The Queen Ann neckline creates a diamond shape across the neck and décolleté connected by two diagonal lines that extend outward then join as a V on the chest.


With origins in the 1940s, the keyhole neckline features a slit or opening at the neck. It may take the shape of a key, raindrop or u-shape.


Distinguishing features of a cowl neck include draping unstructured fabric gathered or layered at the neck and collarbone area sometime resembling an oversized floppy turtleneck.

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