"Should I keep my hair up or down?" is a common dilemma amongst brides. 

The answer, though, is simple: It depends on your neckline! Paying attention to this little detail can help you determine what hairstyle will flatter your wedding gown. To guide you, we rounded up some of the most common wedding dress necklines—and the hairstyles that work best for each type.


Boat neck 

The wide, horizontal neckline is the main highlight of a boat neck, so you'd want to keep your hair off your shoulders. An updo is ideal for this dress style, but if you want to keep your locks down on your wedding, you can opt for a half-up, half-down 'do to still keep it polished in the front. 

Straight across

A clean, fuss-free hairstyle, may it be a sleek updo or a straight, flat-ironed 'do, will accentuate—not compete with—this minimalist neckline. 

If you feel that a sleek updo is too plain, though, you can accessorize with a dainty barette: 


Soft, brushed-out waves, on the other hand, would also look flattering, as the hairstyle adds a bit of drama to the modest neckline.


With this wedding dress style, it isn't wise to simply keep all your hair down as it'll hide the special detail of the gown: The asymmetric neckline!

Try a loose, textured ponytail for a chic look: 

For the bride who doesn't want to commit to an updo, try a side-swept hairstyle to keep at least one side of your hair away from your neckline. While you're at it, secure your part with a hair embellishment for added flair: 



The best thing about an off-shoulder gown is that it looks good with any hairstyle. Deciding whether to keep your hair up or down is simply a matter of preference. 


Show off your décolletage! Sweeping your hair up into a chignon or a ponytail will highlight the stunning V-neckline—and it can make your neck appear longer, too.

But your hair doesn't need to be all up, though! You can also softly pull back your locks with a romantic half-up, half-down hairstyle like what Kryz Uy did here: 

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