25 Wedding Dresses With Sheer Illusion Necklines

A sophisticated take on the illusion trend

Updated 02/01/19

Courtesy of Elie Saab

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.

01 of 25

Azazie Zrinka Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Azazie

SHOP NOW: Azazie, $549

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White by Vera Wang Chantilly Lace Plus Size Trumpet Wedding Dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $1,118.40 (was $1,398)

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Jenny Yoo Holland Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

SHOP NOW: Jenny Yoo, $1,300

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Floravere Y.Kusama Wedding Dres

Courtesy of Floravere

SHOP NOW: Floravere, $1,475

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L. Wells Rosamund Dress

Courtesy of L. Wells

SHOP NOW: L. Wells, $1,900

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Rosa Clara Couture Ugo Beaded Sheath Gown

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $2,362.50

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Jesus Peiro Illusion Overlay Bodice Embellished Waist Satin Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,495

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Inmaculada Garcia Tecate Puff Sleeve Tulle Ballgown with Overskirt

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,993

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Amsale Karime Gown

Courtesy of Amsale

SHOP NOW: Amsale, $6,350

10 of 25

Mira Zwillinger Charla Embroidered Silk Corset Gown and Charla Cape

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

SHOP NOW: Gown, Moda Operandi, $10,450; Cape, Moda Operandi, $1,210

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Alexandra Grecco Cyprus Gown

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

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Danielle Frankel Poppy Gown

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

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Elie Saab Fall 2019 Look 7 Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Elie Saab

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Jenny Packham Violet Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Jenny Packham

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Ines Di Santo Clara Wedding Gown with Organza Coat

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

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Kaviar Gauche Blanc De Blancs 2019 Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Kaviar Gauche

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Lakum Collection Bianca Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Lakum

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Margaux Tardits Holly Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Margaux Tardits

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Monique Lhuillier Fall 2019 Joanna Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

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Rime Arodaky Noureev Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Jenny Packham

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Pronovias Mallorca Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Pronovias

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Lela Rose The Legare Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Lela Rose

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Naeem Khan Stanton Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Naeem Khan

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Temperley London Abel Dress

Courtesy of Temperley London

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Halfpenny London The Air That We Breathe Harbour Cape, Harbour Top & Euston Skirt

Courtesy of Halfpenny London

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