Why These Are Not Nightgowns

Wedding Dresses
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So here's the thing: You've told us on our Facebook page that some of the dresses we feature look too much like nightgowns. While we'll concede that they're a far cry from crystal-covered tulle skirts, that's no argument against wearing dresses with flowy, seemingly unstructured silhouettes. Typically draped from an empire or high natural waist, these ethereal gowns are designed to comfortably hug your body's natural curves. When you're covered by a column of chiffon (think Grecian goddess), the emphasis is therefore placed on your neckline, where details like lace appliqués and rosettes bring the drama. And with a more streamlined shape, you have diverse options for styling and accessories: Big, bouncy curls? Sure. Neat chignon and high-impact earrings? Love it. Isn't that more than you can say for whatever you sleep in? For all of our favorite "don't you dare call them nightgowns" styles, visit our Wedding Dresses gallery. —Phillip B. Crook

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