Style Decision – Backs
Just as with a number of the other features of a wedding dress, there are a variety of different options when it comes to the style of the back of the gown. These different options range from a completely covered back to a totally bare back:
Starting with the most amount of exposure, the ‘Bare Back’ style is only covered by thin straps that follow right down to the lower back. The straps come from the middle of the shoulders and continue horizontally down to the lower back where they curve to meet in the middle.
The next style is called a ‘Cross Back’ and gets its name from the shape that the straps make when they meet in the middle of the back to cross over. The straps are often thin spaghetti straps that come down diagonally from the shoulder, meeting the back of the dress around the natural waistline.
OPEN / KEYHOLE BACK
Open backs have a high back neckline that follows across the shoulders, but leaves the upper and middle back exposed, joining up again around the middle or lower back. The open back, commonly known as a ‘Keyhole’ back, often follows a shape such as a diamond or a heart.
The V-Shape back comes from the middle of the shoulder and follows diagonally down the back to meet at a point in the middle, creating a ‘V’ shape. The depth of the back dip can vary, from the middle of the upper back to the middle of the lower back.
The U-Shape back follows the same principles as the V-Shape back, except that the line curves to form a ‘U’ shape. Again, the dip of the back line can be at varying depths along the back.
A ‘Closed Back’ is a high back neckline that comes from the shoulders, around the back of the neck to the other shoulder point. Very little or none of the back is shown.
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