Sheer Beauty: Illusion Necklines from Spring 2012

Wedding Dresses
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Photos: Conde Nast Digital Studio

We often hear from brides who are at an impasse in their search for a wedding gown. They want to feel sexy, but without showing too much skin. Strapless dresses are clearly all wrong, but then so too are designs with high-cut necks. What's a woman to do?! Our answer: look to illusion necklines, which combine a skin-baring bodice with a sheer fabric overlay extending from the bust to the collar. As one of Spring 2012's key trends, these necklines strike a refreshing balance between sex appeal and sophistication. Check out our slideshow of illusion gowns to see just how many options you have to work the look. —Phillip B. Crook

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