The neckline refers to the style of the top edge of a gown, located at or below the neck, in reference to its shape and height, as seen from the front.
The neckline usually describes just the top edge of the gown, in reference to the anatomical neck, but it is often influenced by a particular sleeve style (e.g. – One Shoulder necklines).
The different neckline styles can be categorized according to their shape and height (the height of a neckline being the point at which it cuts across the body).
*Of course, some of the styles listed above that aren't classified as "conservative," may still be considered conservative
, depending on each specific gown's cut, style, and the wearer's perspective on conservative attire.
Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress
As you continue your quest for the perfect wedding gown, it is usually best to start by choosing a silhouette.
Next in line: the neckline! In most cases, choosing a neckline is a much simpler decision to make than choosing a silhouette, as there aren't quite as many factors to consider when choosing a neckline.
If your search for the perfect wedding dress has just begun, consider trying on a few different neckline styles that appeal to you, to determine which style looks best on your body type. That being said, there's no need to spend copious amounts of time debating the different neckline styles you should choose for your gown – in most cases, small changes can easily be made, in order to alter a gown's neckline to suit your preferences (unlike the gown's silhouette, which for the most part, cannot be changed).
The following images give examples of different neckline styles seen in designer wedding dresses. After you've found the silhouette and neckline that you like the most, it's time to look at the waistline! This is exciting, because the waistline is often the easiest part, especially because the look of your wedding gown's waistline can easily be altered with bridal belts and sashes.
The Cowl Neck
(For more information, see: Cowl Neckline
(For more information, see: Halter
The Illusion Neckline
(For more information, see: Illusion Neckline
The Keyhole Neckline
(For more information, see: Keyhole Neckline
Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
(For more information, see: Off the Shoulder Neckline
One Shoulder Dresses
(For more information, see: One Shoulder Neckline
The Portrait Neckline
(For more information, see: Portrait Neckline
The Scoop Neck
(For more information, see: Scoop Neck
The Square Neckline
The square neck is quite similar to the scoop neck, but instead of the "U" shape, it's a square! (For more information, see: Square Neck
Strapless Neckline Styles
The Scalloped Edge
(For more information, see: Scalloped Edge
The Crumb Catcher Neckline
(For more information, see: Crumb Catcher Neckline
The Sweetheart Neckline
(For more information, see: Sweetheart Neckline
The Modified Sweetheart Neckline
(For more information, see: Modified Sweetheart Neckline
Mori Lee 1664
serves as a perfect example of the subtle curves of the modified sweetheart neckline:
(For more information, see: V-Neck
The Surplice Neckline
(For more information, see: Surplice Neckline
Conservative Neckline Styles
The Bateau Neckline (or "Boat Neck")
(For more information, see: Bateau Neckline
The Sabrina Neckline
(For more information, see: Sabrina Neckline
The Jewel Neck
Mock Neck Wedding Dresses
(For more information, see: Mock Neck
Temple Ready Wedding Dresses
(For more information, see: Temple Ready
From the Allure Modest Wedding Dresses Collection, Allure M441 Bridal Gown
is a great example of temple ready wedding dresses.
Other Neckline Styles
The Bertha Collar
Certainly a more uncommon style, the Bertha collar is sure to set you apart from the crowd! (For more information, see: Bertha Collar
The Queen Anne Neckline
(For more information, see: Queen Anne Neckline
The Queen Elizabeth Neckline
(For more information, see: Queen Elizabeth Neckline
The Queen Elizabeth Neckline is almost identical to the Queen Anne neckline
, but features a higher collar.
Of course, "the rules" can't be correct 100% of the time, and a style that, by definition, shouldn't look good on you, ends up being absolutely fabulous! But rules can also be handy dandy, when it comes to narrowing down our decisions, so to learn more about the different neckline styles, click on its name in the listing above. (Of course, the experienced consultants at Wedding Shoppe Inc. can also offer you their wisdom!)
Choosing a neckline for your wedding gown is slightly different than the process for choosing a silhouette. When choosing the silhouette, the only thing you need to take into consideration, is your body shape (and your style preferences, of course!).
However, when choosing your neckline, it is best to choose a style that complements your face shape, and then take your body shape into consideration. Don’t worry, this isn't as tricky or painstaking as it may sound.