As an iconic, longtime staple of bridal design, lace hardly offers a surprise to the world of wedding dresses. Yet somehow, this fine, feminine fabric felt new again on recent bridal runways, invigorating gowns with a fresh (sometimes sleek, sometimes rustic) perspective on how appliqués, trims, and overlays take shape around the body. Of course, it didn't hurt that almost every collection presented at least one look layered in lace, making this a watershed moment for the top textile of the season.
Some of our favorite wedding dress designers reinterpreted this sweet and timeless fabric in a multitude of ways over the past few seasons. Monique Lhuillier reincarnated this beloved material in an ethereal light—silver lace and eye-popping appliqués were gracefully placed on illusion necklines and slim-fitting bodices. Marchesa, on the other hand, took a much more modern approach, fastening a lace peplum over a tulle column skirt and underneath three-dimensional tulle accents. And it should come as no surprise that Claire Pettibone used the traditional textile on bohemian bias-cut gowns and alluring keyhole backs.
The real reason lace is a tried and true wedding day standby? It looks fashionable, feminine, and most importantly, beautifully bridal for any wedding style. Whether you crave a cropped lace capelet for your city hall nuptials or an intricately embellished ball gown for a country club bash, you can do no wrong in a lace wedding dress.
Here, some of our favorites lace wedding dresses from the bridal runways.
At left: Strapless lace A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline, Monique Lhuillier