" A series of posts that explain the ins-and-outs of wedding dress terminology, from silhouettes, to necklines, and even sleeve styles. "
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The term neckline describes the top of the dress bodice. The bodice can be designed in a number of ways and can drastically change the overall look of the dress.
|Definition:||A neckline that is different on one side than the other.|
|Perfect for:||Brides wanting something a bit different or those that want a more modern, angular look.|
|When to Avoid This:||Brides that want a soft look may want to avoid this style|
Style icons like Grace Kelly have made this neckline synonymous with grace and elegance.
|Definition:||A high-neckline that creates a slightly curved line from shoulder-tip to shoulder-tip.|
|Perfect For:||Brides wanting a refined, elegant look. Can be worn by both large and small-chested brides.|
|Definition:||Draped fabric starting at the shoulders that creates fabric folds at the bustline. Often paired with sheath and other slim-fit silhouettes.|
|Perfect For:||Smaller-busted women that want to add design detail or depth to their bust line.|
|Definition:||Straps that angle inwards and connect or lay behind the head at the base of the neck. Straps may vary in width and fabric, which offers a lot of variety with this look.|
|Perfect For:||Fuller busted brides that want extra support from their gown.|
|Definition:||A neckline that involves a sheer fabric overlay. An illusion neckline is often in a bateau shape, but can be incorporated into a variety of other necklines.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that like the look of a strapless gown, but like the security of straps.|
|Definition:||A maximum coverage neckline that is rounded and ends at the collarbone or base of the neck.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that want maximum support.|
|Definition:||A neckline that extends past the armhole to wrap around the arm. Off the shoulder necklines can be straight or curved.|
|Perfect For:||A bride wanting a refined look that isn't overly modest.|
|When to Avoid This:||Bride's that want to avoid emphasizing wide shoulders will want to keep away from this style.|
|Definition:||A curved or sweetheart line at the bust accented by fabric that covers the shoulders and is angled inward to connect behind the neck.|
|Perfect For:||Added versatility. Since this neckline can be added to a strapless gown, many brides choose a detachable portrait neckline for their ceremony and remove it for their reception.|
|Definition:||A curved neckline in a "U" shape with shoulder straps. Straps may be wide or narrow, but are not typically spaghetti straps.|
|Perfect For:||Brides wanting to highlight their bust and achieve enough support at the same time.|
|When to Avoid This:||Smaller busted women may find that this neckline draws too much attention to their bust.|
|Definition:||Scooped neckline that is square at the corners instead of rounded.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that like the look of a straight neckline but want added support for their gown.|
|Definition:||Neckline that cuts straight across at the bust.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that do not want to draw attention to their busts. Petite brides and brides with athletic figures often like this neckline.|
|Definition:||Sweetheart shaped neckline that is created by two distinct cups. The cups can be softly rounded or more triangular. The term "surplice" means that the triangles also cross over one another in the middle. This neckline is often connected by spaghetti straps.|
|Perfect For:||Smaller busted brides since the look can often be a bit low-cut.|
|When to Avoid This:||Busty brides will often find that there is not enough support from this neckline.|
This is the most popular neckline because it is universally flattering.
|Definition:||Slightly curved neckline with a dip in the middle.|
|Perfect For:||Everyone, thanks to the various depths available for middle point.|
|Definition:||Slightly curved neckline with a dip in the middle. The modified sweetheart is less dipped than a full sweetheart neckline.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that prefer to have a more modest look than a deep sweetheart. It is also a softer alternative to a straight neckline.|
|Definition:||Angled scoop neckline similar to the shape of a t-shirt or tank top.|
|Perfect For:||Brides with a laid-back style will like the un-structured look of a tank neckline.|
|Definition:||Neckline that creates a "V" shape in the center bust.|
|Perfect For:||Everyone thanks to the versatility of the "V" shape, which can be anywhere from very deep to shallow.|
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