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Guide To Picking The Perfect Wedding Dress- The Neckline

Posted by Brandi Kane on October 2, 2012


Every woman has a different figure, but there are a few figure Body Types that you could probably be classified into.

Certain figures look best in certain styles. While this guide is geared mainly to Wedding Dresses, alot of the information provided can be used to help you look your best everyday.


We all know that Wedding Dresses are far different than a simple daily outfit. You will need to put more care and consideration into the style of neckline that you should choose as it is highly dependent on your figure and bust type. It’s important to learn which styles look flattering, and choose your dress carefully because alterations to the neckline typically aren’t feasible even with a Professional Seamstress in Birmingham Alabama. 

Before deciding on a neckline, you will need to determine your Body Type.  If you haven't, click here for more information on Body Types.





Just like the name implies, this neckline sits below the shoulders to showcase a woman's collarbone and shoulders, with sleeves that cover part of the upper arm. While this style is superflattering to medium- or full-chested women, an off-the-shoulder neckline will look good on almost all figures. But if you've got fuller arms and are uncomfortable with baring your shoulders, you may wan to consider a portrait neckline instead.

Good for: Full-chested and pear-shaped women
Bad for: Broad shoulders, fuller arms



Similar to an off-the-shoulder style but made with more fabric, the portrait neckline is characterized by a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other.

Good for: Fuller arms and prominent collarbones
Bad for: Undefined collarbones



The sweetheart neckline -- which is actually shaped like the top half of a heart -- is a wonderful option for fuller-chested women because it really accentuates the decolletage. The sweetheart is often done with an overlay of sheer material that rises higher than the heart shape, giving the torso a longer line and also making the neck look longer.

Good for: Serious decolletage
Bad for: The decolletage-impaired



This shape gently follows the curve of the collarbone, almost to the tip of the shoulders -- and it's cut straight across so less of the decolletage shows. It can be paired with sleeves or a sleeveless style.

Good for: Small breasts
Bad for: The well-endowed


Halter/High Neck

The halter features straps that wrap around the back of the neck, or a high neck with deep armholes. Both look best on broad shoulders or taller women -- 5'7" and up.

Good for: Broad shoulders
Bad for: Narrow shoudlers



The scoop, a U-shaped neckline, is a universally flattering classic. It can be cut low, and quite often the scoop will continue on the back of the dress.

Good for: Just about anyone



Also known as the T-shirt neckline, due to it's similarity to an actual T-shirt, the jewel neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat.

Good for: Small-chested woman (it will make you look bustier)
Bad for: Large-chested women (it will make you look bustier too)



The name says it all: The neckline dips down in the front (and sometimes in the back as well) in a V-shape, de-emphasizing the bustline.

Good for: B or C cups
Bad for: Anyone bigger or smaller



The strapless neckline is a popular choice with busty brides, and it looks wonderful when paired with either a sweetheart or straight-across square bodice.

Good for: Great shoulders and collarbones
Bad for: Smaller-chested women


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