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Scoop
Amazing on all bridal figures, the scoop neckline is shaped like a “U.” Both modern and modest brides will enjoy this cut, as the scoop neckline can rest conser- vatively above the bust-line or can rest daringly low to allow a hint of cleavage. A caution to the well endowed, too low of a scoop neckline may look as though the bride is spilling out of the dress.
Square
The square neckline is a variation of the scoop neckline, but with obvious straight-line definition. This style provides bustier brides with the support they are wanting, but is equally flattering for all body types. Those looking for a more classic, conservative look will adore the square neckline.
Off-The-Shoulder
Scarlet O’Hara come on down! The off-the-shoulder neckline radiates romance and features a bride’s shoulders and collar bone area. This style is a great solution to those brides who do not enjoy the exposure of the strapless, but want a similar feel. The additional coverage
brought by the off-shoulder straps pro- vides the needed support for the well endowed. It is suggested that brides with broad shoulders stay away from off- the-shoulder necklines. If you can throw a mean curve ball, consider the scoop or square necklines instead.
Sweetheart
The sweetheart neckline was made for bustier brides. Resembling the shape of a heart, this style meets in the middle and ends in a point. Brides lacking in the cleavage area may discover better luck with other necklines.
Halter
Unique and contemporary, the halter neckline displays thicker straps that start at the top of the bodice and meet at the back of the neck. Brides who have spent time at the gym toning their shoulders and arms will discover the halter as the perfect opportunity to show off their hard work.
Bateau
The bateau neckline (also called the Sabrina) rests high on the collarbone and is straight-lined. Wonderfully elegant for smaller busted brides, this neckline gives the appearance of a larger bust area. Broad-shouldered brides should shy away from this neckline as it draws attention to the shoulders.
The final element of a wedding dress to consider is the waistline. This is a very sig- nificant detail to consider as a bride selects her wedding dress. Different features of the waistline, like any dress, can accentuate problem areas that a bride may want to conceal. Aspiring waistline afficionados, continue reading for the vital facts.
Basque
The Basque waistline is known for its slimming capabilities. This cut begins at the hips and dips below the natural waistline to a point a couple inches below
the navel. These features add length to the torso area, slimming the tummy and providing a sleek look. The Basque waist- line is ideal for the pear-shape bride.
Dropped
Resting just below the waistline, the dropped style is commonly paired with A-line and ball gown silhouettes. Most neck- lines look radiant with the dropped waist. The characteristic of this style enhances curves, and is equally flattering for brides with either thick or slender waists.
Natural
Women with an hourglass figure are definitely attracted to the natural waist- line because it draws attention to their best features. This type of gown falls directly at the waist and is stunning on various bridal figures.
Empire
The empire cut is determined by the high waistline. This style displays a fitted bust area and a waist that begins at the bottom of the bust line. The dress then extends into a wider, flared hemline. It is ideal for brides with a thick waist area, the empire is quite slimming as the fabric subtly embraces a bride’s curves. Women with wider hips or a larger bust may discover the empire waist is the least flattering.
It is official! You are now an informed bride ready to tackle the dilemmas and joys of wedding gown shopping. The facts shared in this article are useful, but should not limit your likes or dislikes. The bride is the ultimate judge when it comes to find- ing “the dress.” Just because one certain style is not recommended for your particu- lar figure, by all means, try this style at the bridal salon just to make sure you agree. After all, sometimes trying the uncompli- mentary dresses will enhance the excite- ment when finding the dress that is perfect
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