Marie by Willowy

Earlier this month in our bridal 101 we covered dress silhouettes and everything you need to know about veils! This week, we are here to give you a breakdown of different dress necklines and train lengths!

Dress Necklines 


 A dress with a square neckline has a straight horizontal bodice that meets with straps at a 90 degree angle.


A dress with a scoop neckline will be shaped shaped and come in various depths.


A dress with a v-neck will dip down to varying depths in order to create the v shape.


A dress with a sweetheart neckline is shaped like the top of a heart.

One Shoulder: 

A dress with a one shoulder neckline, has a strap across only one shoulder.

Off the shoulder:

A dress with an off the shoulder neckline sits below the shoulders and highlights the collar bone and shoulder area.


A dress with a sheer or illusion neckline uses semi sheer netting or lace to create a more discrete high neck silhouette without using heavy fabric. The neckline can sometimes be so sheer, that it doesn’t even look like there is fabric there at all.


A dress with a halter neckline has straps that wrap around the back of the neck and either clasp or tie.

High Neck:

A dress with a high neckline completely covers the collarbone area using some kind of fabric.

Queen Ann:

A dress with a Queen Ann neckline has a high rising collar at the back of the neckline that sculpts low across the chest.


A dress with a bateau (boat neck) neckline follows the curve of the collarbone to the very tip of the shoulders.

Train Lengths

Sweep (brush):

This is the shortest train length. Normally the back hem is only a few inches lower than the front hem.


The court train length is only slightly longer than the sweep. It usually extends approximately three feet behind the waist.

Chapel Length:

The chapel length train is generally 1 1/3 yards, or 4 feet from the waistline.

Cathedral Length:

The cathedral length train is generally 2 1/2 yards, or 7 1/2 feet from the waistline.