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A Guide To Wedding Dress Shapes and Necklines

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When it comes to wedding dress shopping, there may be terms that you’ve not heard of before, so we thought we could help! Starting with wedding dress shapes and necklines, we aim to take the confusion out of industry terms, with our series of glossary blogs. Being armed with knowledge is always better when you're entering the unknown, and wedding dress shopping can get confusing and overwhelming at times, so knowing your styles and your wedding dress shapes, you will be wedding dress shop like an expert in no time!

 

Wedding Dress Shapes

A-line

The A-line wedding dress shape is slim on top and has a fitted bodice that flares from the waist. A classic bridal shape that suits a straight or inverted triangle figure.

 

Sheath

Great for a straight/athletic figure, or an hourglass, depending on the detail, a sheath dress has a long, slim silhouette that has no flare.

 

Ballgown

A ballgown or princess dress is great for a dramatic entrance. It has a fitted boned bodice and a full skirt supported by layers of petticoats. It compliments most body types and is a classic, timeless wedding dress.

Fishtail

Fishtail or Mermaid, hugs the top half of the body tightly and flares out from the knee and below. It’s the one to choose if you have an hourglass figure and will show your curves off beautifully.

 

Empire

High waisted and cut just under the bust, the empire line wedding dress shape is simple, relaxed and is perfect for small busts or curvy figures. It’s a classic look that is extremely flattering.

 

Fit and Flare

Similar to a fishtail this gown has a fitted bodice that hug the waist; however, it fares out from a higher leg point. This can vary from style to style but its great for most body types, and perfect if you want to show off your curves or enhance your curves.

 

Wedding Dress Necklines

Illusion

There’s hundreds of different necklines out there, so we’ve narrowed it down to the ones which tend to venture into the unknown when it comes to general knowledge and the illusion neckline is always one that we seem to be asked about! It is extremely popular in bridalwear right now. It consists of a transparent fabric used on either the front/back or both and generally has embellishments covering a bride’s neckline, creating the illusion of the embellishment on the skin.

Scoop Neck

The scoop neck is a U-shaped, low neckline that takes the shape of a circular style. This style both opens the neckline and reveals a hint of cleavage.

 

Bardot

An off the solder number is known as a Bardot neckline. The straps as such hang over the shoulder and hug the top of the arm to create a clean line. This style suits most body types but is particularly good for a pear shape or if you have a big bust.

 

Sweetheart

This is generally a strapless gown that dips down in the middle creating a ‘love heart’ shape. It’s great for most body types including big busts if you have the right underwear and fit.

 

Queen Anne

This neckline can have a few variations; however, it has a high collar at the back and then is shaped in either a scoop, V-neck, or illusion in the front. It’s chic, sophisticated and oozes style- think Princess Kate!

Slashed/Boat Neck

A slashed or boat neck is a wide neckline that runs from point to point at each shoulder and across the collarbone, creating a clean horizontal line. Its extremely flattering for small busts and creates an elegant silhouette.

Jewel

The Jewel encircles the neck and covers the whole of the upper body. It is generally used without sleeves in bridal and is great for smaller busts.

 

 

We hope you found this useful! Keep checking the blog for more hints, tips advice and glossaries and if you need anymore help or would like to book a try on appointment get in touch!

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