Gowns & Suits

Boat to scoop: Find the best wedding gown necklines for you

The neckline of your wedding gown can flaunt your best features or detract from them. Here are some tips to finding the best one for your body shape. 


Photo: Her World Brides March 2016. Gown from Digio Bridal. 

If you have a large chest: 

The sweetheart neckline is a great option for fuller-chested brides as it really accentuates the décolletage.

If you have a small chest:

Alternatively, a Sabrina or Bateau is best for brides with a small chest. This shape gently follows the curve of the collarbone - and is cut straight across so less of the décolletage shows. 

If you have broad shoulders: 

The halter neck looks best on broad shoulders or taller women, as the diagonal straps draw eyes inward. This takes the focus away from your shoulders. 

Photo: Her World Brides September 2015. Gown from Digio Bridal. 

If you have defined collarbones: 

The portrait neckline is similar to an off-the-shoulder style, but has a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other. 

Another great one for defined collarbones is the Bardot. Inspired by Brigitte Bardot herself, this style is easy to wear and very flattering - showing off shoulders and collarbones while keeping upper arms covered.

If you have a long neck: 

For brides with a long neck, almost all necklines will look good. However, avoid the spaghetti strap and strapless wedding dress. 

If you have a short neck: 

Lengthen your neckline by opting for lower necklines. Plunging necklines - like the U-shaped neckline - will elongate the neck. 

If you have a round face: 

A square neckline will add dimension to your bone structure and elongate your features. 


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