Most women do have an image formed about the perfect wedding dress early on. However, sometimes it turns out that the very dress in mind is not exactly flattering. To avoid this we have gathered a few neckline styles and how they affect the overall look of differently shaped women.

V neckline


Let’s start with a universally flattering neckline, the V-neck. Because it gives a vertical impression to the outfit, this type of neckline can create a leaner, longer, and taller silhouette. The V-shape will suit women with short necks or broad shoulders as it will draw attention to the center of the body. Those who have a large bust and those who have a fuller figure can also benefit from this style a lot as it offers a flattering cleavage and an elongated body shape. A wide V cut can balance out a pear-shaped body gorgeously.

Square neckline


Wearing an open neckline – including square neckline – that shows off the collarbones is going to make most women appear longer and leaner. Full busted women will especially have a sophisticated appearance in this style. And again pear shaped women can draw the attention to their upper body. Even petite women can wear it, but they need to make sure that the fit is perfect.

Scoop neckline


Generally, these can be worn by almost every silhouette. Those who wish to create the illusion of a large bust can take full advantage of this style. Hourglass shaped women can highlight their proportions effortlessly with this neckline.

Sweetheart neckline


Since this neckline provides considerable coverage to the breasts this is perfect for large busted ladies. It will flatter their upper body immensely. A great advantage of this shape is that it visually elongates the face and provides proportional balance to the overall silhouette. A petite or a square shaped women can show more curves with this elegant style.



Although a popular choice among women we do not recommend this style for everyone. Smaller busted women with wider shoulders will look fantastic in this style. But full chested women have to take extra care to wear a supportive bra or a shaping garment to pull off a comfortable look. Also, full figured women should avoid this horizontal neckline. There are many other necklines that offer a more charming effect.

Halter neckline


Because they attract attention to the center of the body, halters are perfect for women with tall and/or broad shoulders. They cut broad shoulder lines up and also add curves. This shape is incredibly flattering, and also very flexible that can be worn well by almost any kind of body shape, particularly for those with hourglass type. However, for the busted ladies, especially if they also have bulky arms, pay more attention since this neckline also creates the impression of greater volume, making you look wider than you actually are.



We recommend that broad shouldered women avoid this style, but small chested ladies and the ones with an hourglass figure will look glamorous in it. It will highlight the alluring collarbone area. Also, this neckline is not the best match with short necks.



Off-shoulder styles are similar to boat necklines in that they generally cut across the figure nearly horizontally, but significantly lower, below the shoulders and collarbone. These are best for the well-endowed as it enhances flattering yet elegant effect around the bust area. For pear shape or those with narrow shoulders, off-shoulders can give the impression of broader shoulders. Full figured women can pull off this look in an asymmetrical cut.