Learn more about the most popular wedding dress necklines and decide which one is your favorite.
Before you shop for your dream bridal gown, it's helpful to brush up on the most popular wedding dress necklines—strapless, sweetheart, illusion, and so on—to find the one that will best flatter your body type, complement your personal style, and ultimately make you feel incredible on the big day. Unless you're already an expert on bridal fashion terminology, keeping track of all the different dress necklines might be easier said than done.
While we definitely recommend trying on a variety of necklines during your bridal appointment, this go-to guide will help you narrow down some of your initial wedding dress neckline faves (and maybe even learn about a few options you didn't know existed).
This neckline dips into a "V" shape in the front and is usually paired with long sleeves, sleeveless straps, or spaghetti straps. V-necklines are often a slimming option for many body types because they create the illusion of a narrower waist, and they're also one of the most elegant options. If you're looking for a timeless wedding dress neckline, this is the pick for you!
This wedding dress neckline features sheer or semi-sheer fabric—most often tulle or lace—along the top part of the bodice. It gives the illusion (hence the name) of a strapless dress, but it offers more coverage and support. Illusion necklines are commonly paired with sleeveless, cap sleeve, and long sleeve gowns.
This neckline shows off the collarbone with straps that rest at the top of your arms, just below the shoulders. Off-the-shoulder necklines are extremely romantic, especially when paired with a ball gown silhouette or a blush pink fabric. Going for the princess effect? We love off-the-shoulder necklines with loose updos and oversized bouquets.
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This fashion-forward, asymmetrical neckline features a single strap or sleeve that drapes diagonally across the chest. Depending on the style, a one-shoulder wedding dress can be glamorous, modern, or classic—it's one of the most versatile dress necklines there is.
Square necklines are usually paired with thick sleeveless straps, and they look incredibly chic on gowns made from crisp, structured fabric, like this stretch crepe A-line gown. They're a little bit retro (in a good way) and exude major cool girl vibes.
This wedding dress neckline is rounded in the front and skims the top of the bust, creating a flattering, feminine effect. Pair it with sleeveless straps or cap sleeves for a twist on classic style.