Apart from the silhouette of wedding dresses, it’s important to pay attention to one detail of a dress: the neckline!
For many brides, the neckline is usually not a priority. However, the neckline is important because it holds the chest and provides comfort. A wrong choice of neckline can bring discomfort during your big day and an unbalanced silhouette, as well as affect the dress’s visual appeal.
To select the best neckline for your body type, consider the size of your bust and the ratio between your hips and shoulders. The following are some examples of necklines from Rosanovias.com.au.
The heart neckline is the most popular among the ladies. It is sweet and romantic, the reason so many brides prefer this type of cut. It emphasizes the chest region, making it perfect for women with small to medium bust size. Chesty women should avoid this neckline as you run the risk of pulling the dress up all the time.
That annoying armpit flesh? If you’re one of those brides who do not like it showing, consider having sleeves or wide straps to hide that area.
Straight or Round Neckline
The straight neckline suits women with large bust because it reduces the visual weight in that region and provides good support. However, you must be careful of not making the cut too low or it beats the purpose. Women with small breasts should avoid this cut since it further reduces the bust size. But if you really want to have a straight neckline, make sure to add volume to the bust area using drapery fabric, pleats, or ruffles. Firework beading also adds to the illusion of a larger bust.
TIP: Chesty women must be careful not to “close” the neckline too much as it further enhances the bust.
The distance between the shoulders and hips is also a thing to consider. Women with broad shoulders and small hips should opt for necklines that narrow the shoulders. Straight, canoes, or shoulder-to-shoulder necklines increase the width of the shoulder and are only advisable for those who have narrow shoulders.
The boat neckline is very similar to shoulder-to-shoulder (see below). The difference is this type of neckline is very close to the neck and has a deep cut. This cut reduces the neck and silhouette (petite women avoid this style). It increases the neckline and shapes the breast, making it perfect for women with small bust. Those who have medium bust should exercise caution in choosing this cut.
The shoulder-to-shoulder neckline went missing for a time in bridal fashion. Today it’s again one of the most popular choices among women. Like a deep canoe, it also increases the bust area, ideal for those with small to medium breasts.
Brides with wide hips who want a balanced silhouette must choose this neckline. If you have an hourglass figure, you can play with this neckline at will, unless you have a large bust.
This is an excellent neckline for brides with boho-chic style. This design creates a modern and sophisticated look.
The classic V neckline is fitting for women of all sizes, but tends to flatter chesty women. If you have a small bust and want this kind of cut, consider adding some pads beneath the fabric or wearing a padded bra. It helps elongate the silhouette and make you look slimmer. The best part is, a slit complements this cut.
TIP: Some institutions may not allow low-cut wedding dresses so remember to consult your local church regarding this matter.
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