Are you currently planning your dream wedding? This will probably comprise a hefty list of to-do. The cake, venue, photographer, catering, and everything else in-between. With that being said, there is always one detail that stands out from the rest: the wedding dress.
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As a bride, you’re a major focal point for all the guests at your wedding. Through the ceremony and even during the reception, which is why you probably know how important it is to find that perfect dress. Boutique after boutique, you’ve found the one. But now it begs the question, “how do I style this dress?”.
Picking out your bridal jewelry is an exciting part of the wedding planning process. Bridal jewelry adds the finishing touches to your wedding look, pulling everything together. But when you pick out your bridal jewelry, do so with care. You want to choose jewelry that will elevate your bridal look, rather than overshadow it.
That’s where we come in. There are several types of wedding dress necklines, so in today’s article, we’re going to be matching each one up with complementary accessories. Because we all know that a high neck doesn’t exactly suit a choker-style necklace, right?
Style of Jewellery With Wedding Dress Necklines
1. The Bardot Wedding Dress Neckline
First up, we have the Bardot neckline, or as others may call it off the shoulder. The Bardot wedding dress neckline is one of the most romantic styles on the high street. By drawing attention to your shoulders, you are showcasing your decolletage, which is a flirtier and French way of saying the collar bones. This is a very attractive area of the body, which is why a Bardot neckline is so popular.
So, to style a Bardot neckline, you want to keep the focus on this area of the chest. That’s why choker-style or shorter chains work best with neckwear. Then, you can focus most of your accessorizing on bracelets and earrings. To complete the look, a set of stud earrings would tie the jewels in nicely, ensuring that the right illusion for wedding dress necklines is met.
A pretty jewelry option for this romantic neckline is pearls plus, it’s a traditional choice for your nuptials. A set of pearls is classic and timeless and can be the bride’s something borrowed or something new for the wedding day!
2. One-Shoulder Neckline
Wearing a one-shoulder wedding dress on the big day? It’s important to note that this neckline will be the focal point of your gown, says Sabatino, which is why she recommends skipping a necklace. A necklace would not only get potentially tangled but also look odd with the imbalance. Instead, choose a drop or post earring that won’t detract from your dress’s dramatic detail.
Highlight the beauty of your one-shoulder neckline by opting for simple earrings, especially if your strap or sleeve has embellishments or other details. To add a little spice to your appearance, we have chosen the Sterling Silver Heart Bracelet and ring to make the entire look come together. You can also read our detailed guidelines on Silver Drop Earrings for Weddings.
3. The Sweetheart Neckline
A sweetheart neckline for the wedding dress is a classier version of the boob tube that we know and loved once upon a time. Its curved edging contours the chest so beautifully. Similar to the off-the-shoulder wedding dress neckline, short necklaces are your best bet at ensuring that attention isn’t drawn away from your gown.
When deciding how to accessorize a sweetheart neckline, it’s best to highlight the style’s romantic curves. A pendant necklace with a drop looks best with a sweetheart. The more architectural angled shapes will pair nicely together.
Make sure the sweetheart neckline jewelry hangs at least a couple of inches above the dress neckline to avoid overcrowding the sweetheart shape. For a complete and luxurious pearl look add stud earrings and a pearl bracelet.
Start by asking yourself whether your wedding gown needs a necklace before deciding what type of necklace you’ll wear. With any strapless dress, less is more might be the answer.
4. Straight-Across Strapless Neckline
A straight-across strapless gown has a more modern feel, lending itself to more graphic motifs with your jewels. A ballgown can easily go to Disney princess in feel; make sure the style of any necklace you sport adds edge, color, or an ethereal vibe to the look rather than taking it to a place that feels costume.
A choker is too harsh with this look, and a traditional-length pendant creates an imbalance, and will probably conflict with the straight-across line at your bust. This time, try more graphic necklace silhouettes, or a dose of color.
Remember, over-the-top statement necklaces work best when they complement your bodice and don’t overwhelm your top half. Add a dramatic element to a strapless neckline with bold statement earrings or long diamond earrings with matching tennis bracelets for each wrist.
5. High Neck Neckline
The high neck is always a winner for those with a short neck or chin. You can elongate your torso beautifully while wearing a high neck. Because of this, it’s important to not overdo your neck and high chest area as this can become a little too busy.
For a gown with a high neckline, pull the hair back and go for a drop earring. When the fabric comes high on your chest, there is enough going on without adding a necklace to it, so the earring becomes more important. In keeping with the simple theme, wear small studs with this particular cut. However, you can still make a statement by choosing earrings with a subtle pop of color.
6. V-Neck Neckline Wedding Dress
The V-neck is one of the most traditional necklines found on a wedding dress. It offers a small amount of skin exposure, while still being flirty and amorous. When styling a V-neck, there are two options that will work well. First, you could wear a simple pendant that’ll fit lovingly between the material. Match this with studs and an array of wristwear and it becomes a show-stopping look.
If you’re going to wear jewelry with a V-neck wedding dress, be sure that it complements the width and depth of the V-shape. This means you’ll want to choose a pendant with a drop that matches the angle of the neckline. You should also skip the necklace and go with drop earrings and a bracelet as your jewelry for a V-neck dress.
Second, we can forget about the necklace and focus our attention on some statement earrings. Whether these are diamond hoops or drop earrings that end just above your shoulders, either will look stunning, especially if your V-neck is lacey. We have chosen the Shaun Leane Yellow Gold Vermeil & Pearl Cherry Blossom Large Hook Earrings that add a touch of alternative romance to a V-neck wedding dress.
7. Halter Neckline Wedding Dress
Next to wedding dress necklines, we have the halter neckline. This has been a firm favorite for years and years, which is why we had to include it in the different wedding dress necklines. A halter neck neckline is best worn when you want to draw attention to the top of your dress. It creates a spotlight on your shoulders and decolletage.
Being a classic style of wedding dress, it’s important that you again keep the focus on the dress as opposed to the accessories. Like illusion and high necklines, the halter typically doesn’t accommodate necklaces, but it really depends on the cut. If the halter has a deep enough neckline, then a pendant necklace can add just the right touch. Otherwise, bold studs provide the glam sparkle you’re looking for.
8. Illusion Neckline Wedding Dress
The illusion neckline is one of the more contemporary styles of wedding dresses. As the name suggests, they give an illusion of having a higher neck using mesh-like or lace material, while the real neckline sits below. This is perfect for brides who love the look of sweetheart necklines or straight across necklines but don’t feel necessarily comfortable wearing them.
The illusion neckline makes a statement on its own, so we recommend forgoing a necklace, and instead opting for earrings and a bracelet when accessorizing. Accentuate the details of the dress with dangling earrings that offer a touch of sparkle.
9. Scoop Neckline Wedding Dress
The scoop neckline is another classic for weddings. They’re most flattering on pear & hourglass body shapes, and those who have shorter necks as they give the illusion of extending the chest area. Of course, with a scoop neckline, you’re showing off more of your upper body which means you can be as adventurous with your jewels as you desire.
A full or simple look compliments this dress neckline but we have decided on the following to give you inspiration. A choker, studs, and bracelet sound like a lot, but because you’re still leaving space, it becomes very complete. If, however, your dress has long sleeves, we recommend that you stick with just the choker and studs.
10. Square Neckline Wedding Dress
A square neckline, which features a straight-across or sweetheart décolleté with sleeves or straps, a standard necklace, a bold pendant, or a collar that brings the eye toward your bust (but not a lariat or pendant) works best. Round or u-shape necklaces keep the neckline open without creating another focal point that will take away from the overall look.
The style of the dress will further dictate which style necklace suits it best—but keeping the shape open is the way to go. This is where you should be aiming for a piece of jewelry with a bit more movement. Stiff collars or chokers will make the neckline of a square-necked dress feel busy and stiff.
11. Plunging Neckline Wedding Dress
Last but not least, a plunging neckline should only be enhanced with a necklace, and an extra-long pendant necklace will maintain the drama and sexy feel of the overall look. It can sit below the neckline, closer to the waist (or right above the neckline) but no higher than that—any necklace sitting at your chest in a neckline this deep creates an awkward focal point and takes away from the look’s overall effortlessness.
We hope our guide on how to wear jewelry wedding dress necklines has guided you in the right direction when choosing your accessories for your big day. Here at Joshua James, we have several stunning designer jewellery brands available, giving you a wide selection of jewels for you to choose from that’ll compliment your wedding gown. Check out our complete wedding planning guide for even more advice from the Joshua James experts.
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