Sabrina Neckline

The neckline frames your face and is probably the feature you'll most concentrate on when choosing your gown. It’s the part of your gown that's going to give your face some wow! FYI: Front and back bodices are not always identical. For instance, the front could have a Sabrina neckline, the back a deep V; whereas another gown could have a scoop in front as well as back.


Turtleneck-Once a classic, the high neck or turtleneck can be a plain band of dress fabric or lace. Especially popular in the Edwardian gown craze of the 70s when cotton ‘granny gowns’ reappeared.
Mandarin-Like the high neck collar only it’s notched in front

Cowl-Pictured below, the cowl is draped either as an attached piece or integrated into the pattern. Lots of retro styles of the 1930s use this effect.

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Jewel-Aka crew neck, round and higher neckline. Not seen too much these days except in an over bodice of all-over lace.
Boat or Sabrina-Straight across the neckline
Scoop-Pictured directly above, the scoop is a low rounded neckline.
V or U-Pictured below, the U or V point down just like the letters they are named after.

Off-the-Shoulder-Neckline extends horizontally across and sits below the shoulders.

Portrait-Wide band that extends from shoulder to shoulder

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Square-Pictured below, the square is one of my personal favorites, conveying a real open look, square necks look great on long and A-line silhouettes.

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Halter-Pictured below, straps either wrap around the neck or neckline is high with deep armholes.

Strap-Usually holds up a strapless bodice.

Asymmetrical-Neckline falls diagonally-one side strapless the other either with sleeve or sleeveless.

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Queen Ann-High neckline curving into a sweetheart around the decolletage area

Sweetheart-Plunges into an open heart shape.

Keyhole-Open tear-drop.

Strapless-Pictured below, the strapless is typically cut straight across or sweetheart shaped, the strapless is held up by boning inside the bodice.

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