When you first begin the search for your perfect wedding gown, you will be inundated with dress styles and necklines — haltnerneck, sweetheart, ballgown, fishtail. So take a look through our guide to bridalwear with explanations on all the most popular dress styles and necklines.
A halterneck gown has a strap that goes from either side of the gown around your neck.
A halterneck gown is perfect for brides with a larger bust as it can offer more support than a strapless gown but on the flip side it can also enhance a smaller bust and give a great shape. It is also the perfect style for showing toned upper arms and great shoulders.
A square neckline has shoulder straps that go vertically down and creates an angular effect.
A square neckline is another style that is great for a larger bust as you can have a low neckline without the worry of revealing too much. This style of neckline goes back to Edwardian times and can be the perfect style for a traditional wedding day.
A strapless neckline fits across the bust snugly without the need for any straps to hold the gown in place.
One of the most popular wedding gown styles, a strapless neckline can be tailored to suit a variety of figures. A strapless gown is also a great way to show off toned shoulders, you could even add a shimmer of bronzer to your collarbone to enhance your neckline.
A sweetheart neckline forms a soft heart shape across the bust-line.
A sweetheart neckline is a really pretty neckline that is perfect to create the illusion of curves. It is also an ideal style if you have a larger bust and just want to show a hint of cleavage without feeling you are showing too much.
A v-shape neckline has two straps from the shoulders to the centre of the gown creating a v-shape.
If you want to create the illusion of length and height then a v-shape neckline can do this perfectly as it draws the eye down and works to elongate your figure. This is perfect if you have an apple-shaped body type.
An a-line gown has a cinched in waist and then a skirt that gently flows wider at the bottom into an A-shape.
If you want to show a neat waist and skim over your hips and thighs then an a-line gown is the perfect shape for you. It is also a really pretty style that feels extra special — which is exactly how you want to feel on your big day.
A ballgown style dress is very traditional with a fitted bodice and a full skirt.
To feel like a princess on your big day you don’t need to look any further than a ballgown style dress. The corseted top highlights your waist and emphasises your curves while the ballgown skirt gives the gown the ‘wow-factor’.
A column shaped gown is a slim fitting gown that falls straight from the neckline to the floor.
A column style gown is a beautiful style for tall brides, however is not a very forgiving style so it is a style best suited to an athletic body type. If you do have a tall and athletic build then a column gown will highlight your great figure and make a real impact.
An empire style gown is tapered in under the bust and then falls into a loose and flowing skirt.
This gorgeous Grecian style of gown is great at hiding an unwanted tummy. It is also the perfect style for a more laid-back and relaxed wedding or even a wedding on the beach. An empire-line is really flattering for a range of body-types which is what makes it such a popular style.
A fishtail gown is cinched in at the waist and follows your natural body shape and then kicks out a little above the knee.
Create a really stunning silhouette with a sexy fishtail style gown. This style can really emphasise an hourglass figure, yet can also create the illusion of curves if you have a boyish frame. If you are happy and comfortable with your figure then this is a great way to show it off.