When it comes to wedding dresses, it doesn't get more classic than a strapless silhouette. Sure, off-the-shoulder dresses are beautiful and ethereal, and one-shoulder designs will always feel fresh and modern, but this tried-and-true neckline is guaranteed to never go out of style.
While strapless wedding dresses are classic in design, they actually come in a myriad of different styles and silhouettes. Brides who gravitate towards a modern aesthetic should opt for unadorned and pared-back styles in column and sheath silhouettes, while traditional brides should consider a-line ballgowns crafted from crisp fabrics and chantilly lace. For all of your other bridal looks leading up to the wedding and beyond, strapless little white dresses, floral frocks, and sparkly mini dresses make for the perfect addition to any bridal wardrobe.
To help you find your dream gown, we've researched the best options with these features in mind. We looked for beautiful styles and narrowed them down based on style, materials, cost, and overall quality.
Read on for the best strapless wedding dresses.
For the Minimalist Bride
SAFIYAA Strapless Crepe Gown
Elegant and understated, we love this crepe gown for the bride with a minimalist sensibility. Keep accessories simple for a pared-back look or add a pair of statement earrings for a bold finishing touch.
Price at time of publish: $1,125
Watters Austin Gown
If you're looking for that princess moment, this frothy tulle ballgown is as sweet as ever for your fairytale wedding. The strapless corset bodice is supportive and sexy while the soft tulle skirt and champagne lining give the silhouette movement and dimension.
Price at time of publish: $1,795
Most Clean and Classic
Jenny by Jenny Yoo Bennett Gown
This gown is the epitome and of clean and classic and is a timeless selection for the bride with traditional tastes. Pearl earrings and a dainty headband are the perfect complement to this tried-and-true silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $995
Best A-Line Silhouette
Amsale Tomlin Gown
This impressive ball gown excludes elegance and sophistication and would be right at home at a black-tie wedding. What's more, thanks to its flattering A-line silhouette, Amsale's 'Max' gown works for a wide range of body types.
Price at time of publish: $6,995
Catherine Deane Darla Bodice & Liz Skirt
This alluring ensemble is actually a versatile two-piece set that blends seamlessly together. The silky sweetheart bodice features pin-thin straps that can either be worn over the shoulders or removed to create a strapless neckline.
Price at time of publish: $200
Best All-Over Lace
Oleg Cassini Lace Applique Mermaid Strapless Wedding Dress
This beautiful lace gown is fit for a princess thanks to its dramatic and breathtaking design. If you love all things lace then your search for the perfect wedding day look ends here. We can picture this beauty at a beautiful garden ceremony or romantic black-tie affair.
Price at time of publish: $899
Amsale Harley Gown
Envision yourself gliding down the aisle in this frothy tulle gown, accented by a simple and flattering belt. Its softly curved neckline is a fresh take on the traditional strapless silhouette, while the layers of tulle add texture and dimension.
Price at time of publish: $2,695
Watters Cappucine Beaded Gown
It doesn't get more classic than this strapless gown featuring a flattering and supportive corset bodice. The detachable tulle train is a sophisticated touch and a great alternative to a floor-length veil. This dress is a timeless wedding day ensemble that you'll look back on fondly for years to come.
Price at time of publish: $2,332
BCBGMAXAZRIA Strapless Tiered Ruffled Gown
We love that this tiered dress can be dressed up for a formal event or down for a courthouse or backyard ceremony. Float down the aisle in this exquisite gown that feels at once ethereal and sexy. Crafted with a fitted bodice and dynamic layers, this gown is guaranteed to turn heads.
Price at time of publish: $628
Danielle Frankel Luna Fluted Gown
If ever there's a time to splurge, it's when you're shopping for your wedding dress! If your personal style is more cutting-edge than classic, then this luxurious design is sure to suit your fashion-forward aesthetic. Wear yours with slicked-back hair and a pair of the label's matching pearl earrings for an ultra-chic bridal look.
Price at time of publish: $14,990
Best Bow Detail
Helen O'Connor Vow Gown
It's a bit of an understatement to say we love bows. In fact, we're obsessed with them. That's because no matter how big or small they are, they always command attention. Helen O'Connor's 'Vow' dress features an architectural plunging neckline and a larger-than-life bow at the back for a silhouette that makes both a grand entrance and exit.
Price at time of publish: $950
Halfpenny London Jackson Strapless Asymmetric Duchesse-Satin Gown
A dress with a high-low hemline is always an eye-catching choice. The 'Jackson' dress from Halfpenny London feels formal but not too formal, making it a great option for a semi-formal wedding. Plus, its ankle-baring silhouette is ideal for showing off your wedding shoes.
Price at time of publish: $1,860
For a Backyard Wedding
Reformation Lissa Dress
We love this easy-breezy summer dress for a beach or backyard wedding. Its straight strapless neckline with pleats feels fresh and modern while the A-line silhouette and smocked bodice ensure and flattering and comfortable fit. What's more, the dress can be worn strapless, or with spaghetti straps.
Price at time of publish: $278
For a Spring Wedding
Markarian Demeter Gown
We love this faille fabric design for its fanned neckline, fitted bodice, and A-line skirt. It's a supremely romantic option for a spring or summer wedding. Simply add dewy makeup, a trendil updo, and vintage-inspired jewelry to pull together the final look.
Price at time of publish: $6,195
Best for Making an Entrance
Viktor & Rolf Volant Flower High-Low
If this doesn't scream statement-making, then we don't know what does! This impressive high-low gown has been meticulously crafted from soft mikado and features handcrafted flowers created from layers of organza to create a show-stopping strut down the aisle.
Price at time of publish: Inquire for price details
Monique Lhuillier Sweetness Gown
Perfect for bold brides who love a little color, this breathtaking gown is giving us some serious Victorian-era vibes. We can't help but imagine it in a grand ballroom full of romantic candlelight, luscious greenery, and fresh flowers.
Price at time of publish: Inquire for price details
Danielle Frankel Lennon Dress
Dare to be different in this intricate and beautiful dress. From its tucked taffeta fabric to its draped bodice and grosgrain belt detail, this strapless wedding gown by Danielle Frankel is a real thing of beauty. If you're a non-traditional bride with an adventurous sense of style, this gown should be right up your alley.
Price at time of publish: $9,900
Jenny Yoo Brynn Gown
A simple strapless gown, like this style from trusted wedding retailer Jenny Yoo, will never go out of style. Its structured bodice is supportive while the A-line design creates a timeless and polished silhouette. Plus, it has pockets!
Price at time of publish: $2,900
Katie May X NOEL AND JEAN Divinity Gown
Simple doesn't equate to boring–especially when it comes to this body-skimming gown. Brides with a minimalist aesthetic will appreciate the pared-back nature of this unfussy design that can easily be dressed up or down.
Price at time of publish: $TK
Best Modern Style
Watters Orlie Strapless Corset Satin Sheath Wedding Gown
This stunning pick by Watters offers a modern edge to an otherwise classic look. We love the uniquely structured neckline that adds an eye-catching touch, while the high slit brings some sexy flair. We can picture this at a chic city venue.
Price at time of publish: $1,895
What to Look for in a Strapless Wedding Dress
When shopping for a strapless wedding dress, it's all about finding a flattering neckline that frames your decollétage and fits you perfectly. After all, the last thing you want is for your strapless dress to ride up or slip down while you're walking down the aisle or twirling on the dance floor. For brides looking for added support, opt for strapless dresses designed with boned corsets and lace-up backs. For those with smaller chests who don't need a ton of support, strapless gowns with smocked backs or bodices with lightly lined cups are a great choice.
There are many different styles and silhouettes of strapless wedding dresses to choose from. For the romantic bride, you may want to opt for a lace ball gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline, such as the Wtoo by Watters Austin Strapless Corset Tulle Wedding Gown. Looking for something simple and modern? Straight-across or asymmetrical necklines feel fresh yet timeless. And for the fashion-forward bride, take your pick of gowns with striking architectural silhouettes and daring plunging necklines—we love the Danielle Frankle Lennon Dress.
How do I keep a strapless neckline in place?
When it comes to strapless wedding dresses, it's super important to get them expertly tailored to your body so as to prevent the neckline from slipping down. Wearing the right strapless bra and using double-sided fashion tape can also help to keep a strapless neckline in place.
Are strapless wedding dresses supportive enough for larger busts?
This really depends on what style of wedding dress you choose. Gowns that are designed with extra support in the form of boned bodices and structured cups are best for larger busts.
Are strapless wedding dresses flattering for all body types?
Yes! A strapless wedding dress looks beautiful on all body types and is a great way to showcase your shoulders, back, and arms.
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