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.