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Necklines Defined: Beyond Halter, Strapless and V-Neck

Jul 23, 2009

Shopping for a dress can be frustrating enough already, but when you add in an entire new language of terms to know, it can become even more demanding. To help you sort through the craziness of finding the right wedding gown, has the perfect guide for defining, understanding, and choosing an uncommon, yet flattering neckline that suits you.

Similar to an off-the shoulder style, this neckline offers more fabric and features a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other. A cut that’s great for women with fuller arms and prominent collarbones. Best avoided if you have an undefined collarbone.

Gently following the curve of the collarbone, this neckline is cut straight across to offer a much more conservative look and a flattering appearance to smaller busts. Avoid this style if you have a larger bust size.

Shaped like the top half of a heart, this neckline accentuates your bust and offers a very feminine look.

This neckline sites below the shoulders with sleeves that cover the upper part of the arm. Flattering for both medium or full chested women especially, this neckline is virtually flattering on all figures. However, if you feel uncomfortable about baring your shoulders, you may want to choose something like a portrait style.

Much like a t-shirt, this neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat. It’s a great style for small chested women but not so much if your bust is full.

With a u-shaped neckline, the scoop is a classic. Choose a cut depth that you’re comfortable with to get the look that you want on your wedding day.

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