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There are few dress designs quite as alluring as an open back. It's a detail that's impossible to ignore and even more impossible to resist. If you're looking to create a memorable style moment for your wedding day that feels slightly nuanced, a backless bridal gown ought to check off that box.
What Is a Backless Wedding Dress?
A backless wedding dress is any bridal gown that features an opening in the back—whether it’s a keyhole, interesting cutout, or an entirely exposed, low back.
The beauty of a backless wedding dress is that it works with a diverse array of silhouettes. Regardless if it's a minimalist long-sleeve mini for courthouse nuptials or a full-skirted organza gown for a black-tie ceremony, an open back translates to each and every style seamlessly. If you've pondered over the idea of a plunging neckline but can't find the perfect match, consider switching over to a piece that shows off your back for an exquisitely enticing alternative.
Ahead, discover 24 breathtaking backless wedding dress options from designers like Danielle Frankel, Galia Lahav, and more.
Best Strap Detailing: Danielle Frankel Ava Open-Back Wool-Silk Gown
Danielle Frankel is a favorite for modern backless wedding dresses and this wool-silk satin dress speaks to a high-fashion aesthetic while still feeling wearable and comfortable. The 'self-tying' straps and dramatic open back are sure to leave an impression.
Most Fashion-Forward: Loewe Embroidered Pleated-Sleeve Open-Back Crepe Dress
A Loewe creation is for a very specific bride: The kind who eschews tradition and embraces a unique, stylish direction. This embroidered pleated-sleeve open-back crepe dress is inspired by the romantic silhouettes of the 16th and 17th centuries but still manages to feel quite modern.
Considering a backless wedding dress? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for this style.
- Is there a time of year that’s best to wear a backless wedding dress? No, backless wedding dresses are appropriate for all seasons. However, if you’re getting married during the colder months, consider choosing a wedding dress with long sleeves to offset the opening in the back.
- What should I wear under a backless wedding dress? There are plenty of shapewear solutions and undergarments that are suitable for a backless dress. Depending on the structure of your gown, a seamstress may be able to sew cups into the bodice of the dress, too.
- Is there a hairstyle that works best with a backless wedding dress? Some brides opt to put their hair up with an open-back dress so you can see the detail unobstructed. However, if you want a laid-back look, you can leave your hair down so it casually drapes over the back—the choice is yours.