33 Tasteful Illusion Wedding Dresses For Daring Brides

Because the naked dress is here to stay

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Transparency is a clear theme in fashion right now, but for a wedding dress, a see-through gown is likely not the first style you had in mind. While sheer lace panels and tulle layers are customary in the wedding world, bridal designers are offering more risqué options with illusion wedding dresses—some are nearly naked-looking in certain cases. Now, we know what you’re thinking, a naked wedding gown can read rather, um, unsophisticated. But believe us when we tell you it’s a gorgeous and dramatic option if you embrace the look with thoughtful silhouettes and design details—a fitting choice for daring brides craving something a bit sexy on their wedding day.

Illusion wedding dresses run the gamut from ultra-sexy to subtly sheer. The raciest versions are for the confident bride and often made from see-through fabrics that are skillfully adorned with glistening beadwork, appliqués, and embroidery. Silhouettes that hug your curves will show off your assets. Plunging necklines and low backs are a sexy reveal, too. It’s certainly a bold look, but not indecent if you choose a style that’s properly lined or juxtaposed with weightier fabrics.

For the moderately brave bride, peek-a-boo wedding dresses are illusory without feeling like you’re baring it all. Styles that are semi-sheer in the bodice, along the neckline or lower down on the skirt are just showy enough. Longer sleeves are a great way to balance a dress with sheer elements. Likewise, for fuller skirts with layers of see-through fabric—they’ll pull away from your body for more of a tease.

Nude lining is another way to try an illusion wedding dress. Delicate white lace exquisitely pops against a natural shade of fabric to match your skin tone, The effect is daring despite being totally covered up.

Think you’re game for an illusion wedding dress? Ahead, we’ve assembled 33 styles to push you toward yes.

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Tadashi Shoji Anika Mermaid Gown

SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, was $828, now $496.80

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For Love & Lemons San Marcos Dress

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SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $224

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Bronx And Banco Bohemian Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $850

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Galina Signature Stretch Mesh Sheath Wedding Dress with Cap Sleeves

Courtesy of Galina Signature

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, was $1,050 , now $799.99

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Willowby Corella Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $1,395 - $1,955

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Willowby Sage Alençon Lace Trumpet Gown

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $1,450

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Grace Loves Lace Soho Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Grace Loves Lace, $2,070

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Watters Bernice Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Bernice, $3,795 - $5,384

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Lazaro V-Neck Lace Trumpet Dress

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,950

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Liz Martinez Abilene Gown

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Hayley Paige Pascal Embellished Net & Chiffon A-Line Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $4,070

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Rosa Clara Couture Nilo Lace Long Sleeve A-Line Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $4,625

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Costarellos V-Neck Mermaid Gown

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SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $5,495

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Monique Lhuillier Arden Plunge Lace Sheath Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $6,490

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J. Mendel The Stella

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SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $6,500

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Ines Di Santo Mimi Cap Sleeve Illusion Bodice Ballgown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $6,990

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Berta Lace Off the Shoulder Mermaid Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $9,460

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Berta Illusion Long Sleeve Mermaid Gown

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SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $10,560

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Alexandra Grecco Palma Gown

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SHOP NOW: Alexandra Grecco, Price Upon Request

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Berta Style 18-120

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Galia Lahav Florence By Night Cherry Blossom Wedding Dress

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Georges Hobeika Wedding Dress

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Inbal Dror Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Inbal Dror, Price Upon Request

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Kaviar Gauche Bloomy Rose Dress

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Isabelle Armstrong Wedding Dress

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Margaux Tardits Ilsa Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Margaux Tardits, Price Upon Request

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Pronovias Estepona Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Pronovias, Price Upon Request

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Naeem Khan Laurel Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Naeem Khan, Price Upon Request

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Anna Maier Abelle Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Anna Maier, Price Upon Request

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Rime Arodaky Joni Gown

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Suzanne Harward Aurora Gown

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SHOP NOW: Suzanne Harward, Price Upon Request

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Zuhair Murad Claire Wedding Dress

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SHOP NOW: Zuhair Murad, Price Upon Request

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Allure Nadia Illusion Neckline Dress

SHOP NOW: Allure Bridals, $1,089

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