The Shape of Things: Modern Structural Updates on Your Favorite Wedding Dress Silhouettes

Wedding Dresses
Wedding Dresses with Tiers

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

From a body-con dress that hugs your curves to bountiful ballgowns that are full and regal, the bridal runways are ripe with gorgeous geometrical masterpieces. Structural sheaths, too-cool necklines, and modern daring details are freshening up frocks for an update to some of our favorite mainstay trends. Looking for classic cuts made to fit the 2016 bride? Say no more. Here's how these structural silhouettes are shaping up.

Tiers (Above)
Kicky layers of tulle ensure everyone will indeed watch you Nae Nae. (Silk and lace gown, $3,795, Leanne Marshall; Hair crown, Twigs & Honey; Necklace, Ilana Ariel)

Wedding Dresses with Long Sleeves

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

Long Sleeves
Sheer details bring the sexy to these full-coverage looks. (From left: Dress with beaded chevron stripes, price upon request, Naeem Khan available at Bergdorf Goodman; Ring, David Yurman; Clutch, Jimmy Choo; Sneakers, Converse; Silk-crepe and lace dress, $4,995, Lela Rose; Ring, Jade Trau for Forevermark; Sneakers, Converse)

Wedding Dress with Deep V Neckline

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

Deep V
The new take on the classic ball gown has ballerina details like spaghetti straps, lace bodices, and necklines that go down to there. (Tulle and silk-chiffon gown, $3,200, Christos; Earrings, Yael Sonia; Ring, Jade Trau for Forevermark; Bracelet, Eddie Borgo; Clutch, Rauwolf available at Barneys)

Wedding Dresses with Cool Necklines

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

Cool Necklines
Whether you're an Audrey or a Stevie (that's Hepburn and Nicks), there's a gown for you in the romantic shape you dig. (From left: Gazar gown, $6,990, Naeem Khan available at L'elite Bridal; Veil, Jennifer Behr; Ring, David Yurman; Silk gown, price upon request, Kaviar Gauche; Veil, Eugenia Kim)

See More: 4 Wedding Dress Styles You Can Forget About in 2016

Modern Austin Scarlett Wedding Dress

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

Minimalist brides, take note: Designers offered columns with cutouts, barely there backs, and almost no embellishments, just for you. (From left: Silk-radzimir dress, price upon request, Austin Scarlett; Ear cuff, Fallon; Dress with illusion neckline and inverted pleats, $4,950, Angel Sanchez; Hairpin, Twigs & Honey; Clutch, Jimmy Choo)

Modern Body-Con Wedding Dresses

Photo: Jason Kim; Styling by Eric Nicholson

Body Con
Show off the results of those hours at SoulCycle with a snug but — thanks to all that coverage — still demure sheath. (Chantilly-lace dress, price upon request, Atelier Pronovias; Hairpiece, Twigs & Honey; Shoes, Jimmy Choo)

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