The Wedding Dress Necklines You Need to Know
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. But unless you're already an expert on bridal fashion terminology, keeping track of all the different dress necklines might be easier said than done. That's where we come in. 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).
Learn more about the most popular wedding dress necklines and decide which one is your favorite.
Also known as a boatneck, the bateau neckline stops at your collarbone and features a wider opening that skims the tops of your shoulders, allowing your décolletage to shine. This neckline is extremely classic and demure, and it's also a royal favorite—the Duchess of Sussex opted for an elegant bateau neckline paired with long sleeves for her walk down the aisle.
For those who aren't shy about showing a flash of skin, the plunging neckline is a super sexy option. This neckline is a slit that extends down the center of your chest past your ribs (and sometimes even all the way down to your navel) for a statement-making look. Most plunging necklines are actually a sheer illusion tulle panel that connects the two sides of the bodice.