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Bridal Guide to Wedding Dress Neckline Types

How To Find The Perfect Neckline Type For Your Occasion

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. Read on to find your favorite wedding dress neckline type!

Illustration of Sweetheart Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

Sweetheart Neckline

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

Illustration of Straight Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

Straight Neckline

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

Illustration of Illusion Neckline.

Illusion Neckline

The Illusion neckline is when 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.

Illustration of V-Neckline Wedding Dress Type.


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.

Illustration of Boatneck Neckline.


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

Illustration of Plunging Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

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!

Illustration of Scoop Neckline.

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.

Illustration of High Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

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.

Illustration of Off-the-shoulder Neckline.

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.

Illustration of One-Shoulder Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

One-Shoulder Neckline

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

Illustration of Halter Neckline.


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.

Illustration of Keyhole Neckline Wedding Dress Type.

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.

Fall in love with one of these wedding dress neckline types? Shop these styles and more trendy dresses online or visit your local David’s Bridal!

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