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Neckline Guide

From sweetheart to scoop, there are so many dress neckline types for wedding gowns and party dresses. Here’s a look at what necklines flatter different figures best.

Silhouette of a sweetheart neckline dress

Sweetheart Neckline

One of the most popular wedding dress necklines, the universally flattering sweetheart shape resembles the top of a heart and accentuates decolletage.

Silhouette of a straight neckline dress

Straight Neckline

Often seen on strapless dresses, a straight neckline is clean and modern and offers a little more coverage than sweetheart styles.

Silhouette of a v-neck dress

V-Neckline

The V-neck shape lengthens the torso, so this style works well for petite figures. The dip may be demure or dramatic, and it’s often mirrored in the back.

Silhouette of an illusion neckline dress

Illusion Neckline

Sheer fabric extends from the bodice edge up to the base of the neck, elongating the upper body without covering up too much. Appliques sewn on top appear to float across the skin.

Silhouette of a boatneck dress

Boatneck

Flattering on smaller shoulders, the boatneck (aka bateau) skims across the collarbone and is often accompanied by sleeves, like Meghan Markle’s wedding dress.

Silhouette of a plungling neckline dress

Plunging Neckline

A deep V or plunging neckline is the dramatic version of a V-neckline. The lower dip may be covered with illusion fabric so there’s no need to worry about a wardrobe malfunction!

Silhouette of a high neckline dress

High Neckline

Hitting at the base of the neck or above, a high neckline provides the most front coverage and looks marvelous on those with longer faces and necks.

Silhouette of a scoop neckline dress

Scoop Neckline

With a dip in the front that gives the scoop neckline its name, this option lengthens the neck, accentuates the collarbone, and is a favorite for all body types.

Silhouette of an off-the-shoulder dress

Off-the-Shoulder Neckline

Off-the-shoulder dresses put the focus on the collarbone and shoulders while beautifully framing the face and elegantly covering a bit of the arms.

Silhouette of a one-shoulder neckline dress

One-Shoulder Neckline

Looking for a different neckline? Asymmetrical one-strap styles give off a goddess vibe and draw attention to your face.

Silhouette of a keyhole neckline dress

Keyhole Neckline

Typically paired with a halter or high neckline, a keyhole cutout is an alluring detail that reveals just a touch of skin while still providing plenty of coverage.

Silhouette of a halter dress

Halter

A match for wider shoulders, halter necklines cut in from the sides, coming together at the neck and often tying in the back. Wondering what undergarments to wear? Check out our bra guide.