Types of Wedding Gown Necklines and How to Choose (w/ Photos of Neckline Styles)

Suitable for: Wedding gowns with halter neckline flatters tall women with buffed/ toned arms and shoulders.  If you’re a short bride or have small shoulders, you could look like the dress is wearing you (or swallowed you) in a halter neck dress.  However, some smallish (petite) women tend to pull off a halter neck dress, and that depends on the particular dress’ silhouette.  An example of a halter neck dress is Meghan Markle’s beautiful wedding reception  dress; her second dress was a stunning, white and long gown designed by Stella McCartney. 

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7. Illusion Neckline Wedding Gowns

Put simply, a wedding gown with an illusion neckline is a version of strapless gown where the exposed top part of the dress is covered with a sheer, see-through /transparent lace (illusion lace).  What’s the difference between a regular strapless wedding gown and illusion style wedding gown (you may ask)? In the illusion neckline, a transparent, sheer lace fabric (illusion lace) covers the top part of the dress bodice, so that the bride’s chest and shoulders are not exposed (unlike with Strapless wedding dresses).  When this type of lace is used on the sleeves, the wedding gown is also referred to as Illusion sleeves wedding gown.  Illusion sleeves are available in all styles of sleeves – sleeveless, long/ short sleeves etc.

In some dresses, the illusion lace (top) part of this neckline flows into the back, and the lace would feature beautiful beaded designs or tattoo lace appliques.  Sometimes, illusion lace runs down to the sleeves, so that you could also have illusion sleeves (long, short or capped).  Illusion neckline wedding dresses are subtle and sexy at the same time.

Suitable for: This neckline style is perfect for brides afraid or shy to wear a regular strapless gown.  Similar to a strapless but with more coverage.  So, if you like the strapless wedding gown style but not comfortable to exposing your skin, go for an illusion neckline dress. Illusion neckline wedding gowns have been a timeless classic for brides and celebrities here in Nigeria and abroad. Our girl, Toke Makinwa’s court wedding gown to Maje had an illusion neckline. Kate Middleton’s wedding gown had both illusion neckline and illusion sleeves. Ivanka Trump also wore an Illusion neckline wedding dress in 2009 when she married Jared Kushner.

8. Boat Neckline (aka Bateau/ Sabrina Neckline) Wedding Gowns

The boatneck neckline is the style on the dress Duchess Meghan Markle’s wore during her wedding to Prince Harry (hers was designed by Givenchy).  This dress neck resembles the shape of a boat, with a wide horizontal opening at the neck.  The wide neckline cut runs from one collarbone to the other, nearly up to the tip of the shoulders.  This type of neckline can come in sleeveless and sleeved wedding gowns.

Suitable for: Wedding dresses with boat neckline are not revealing and do not show much decolletage, because they are not cut low.  This type of neckline makes the shoulders appear wider.

10. One-Shoulder Neckline Wedding Gowns

You can’t mistake this neckline, from its name.  This style of wedding dress has only one shoulder strap (well, around the neck).

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