Strapless necklines and sweetheart tops are highly sought after silhouettes for many brides-to-be who want to highlight their décolletage while more traditional brides often tend towards long, lace sleeves or bateau shapes á la Meghan Markle. Though these types of necklines are gorgeous for any type of bride from bohemian to minimal and classic, sheer illusion necklines are a modern trend gaining momentum on the wedding dress circuit from barely there overlays to see-through shapes.
The illusion trend has certainly made waves in the bridal world from the rise of the naked wedding dress to diaphanous fabrics bedecked with rhinestones and sequins and subtler takes that seem only slightly risqué via plunging necklines and low backs. Sure, these types of dresses sound like a trend made only for brides seeking an ultra-sexy look on their wedding day, but sheer illusion necklines are a fresh alternative to see-through skirts and peek-a-boo cutouts.
With a refreshingly feminine touch, sheer illusion necklines add a bit of interest to any style of wedding dress (especially the most pared-back and minimal gowns) and highlight the collar-bone, neck, and shoulders in a way that feels concealed without being stuffy. Whether you’re for a rounded neck with romantic flutter sleeves, a mock-neck silhouette with lace detailing, a long-sleeve or slightly off-the-shoulder shape with intricate embroidery or beadwork, or a cap-sleeve silhouette with satin piping on the edges, the effect can be transformative and still conservative enough that you won’t feel like you’re baring too much skin. For a more dramatic (and non-committal take on the trend) sheer overlays are a stunning way to enhance a wedding dress whether you opt for a slip or strapless dress with sheer netting layered over top or a jacket or cape made from organza or sheer tulle.
If you think a sheer illusion neckline is your perfect bridal look, ahead, scroll through 25 wedding dresses sure to stun.