The 10 Best Dresses of 2010

Addie, Monique Lhuillier

The sexiest gown of the year did not have a to-the-navel neckline or an open back. Instead, it proved that a form-fitting silhouette and whisper-soft fabrics can work in tandem to create a seriously alluring, but ultramodern look: This memorable Monique Lhuillier design literally encases the body in sheer, ruched tulle, hinting at what lies beneath, and provoking (hopefully the groom only) to unravel the layers. We also loved the come-hither neckline and sleek, clingy little sleeves that cover up—and reveal—just the right amount of skin.