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Sensual and glamorous wedding dresses for the sexy bride

Not every bride wants a classic wedding gown. There are many brides who want their wedding dress to be cutting edge and prefer to show off their sensual and rebellious side.

Enter sexy wedding dresses! Perfect for women who believe the ideal wedding attire should reflect their bold taste. In recent years, brides have started embracing glamorous wedding dress styles. This explains the trend of sheer wedding dresses, plunging necklines and bare backs on the runway. This slideshow on the Bridal Guide will give you more details on what these dresses look like. 

Lucky for you, whether you want to take it to the extreme with sexy wedding dresses or show of your sensual style with subtlety, there are plenty of ready-made options to choose from. We will look at some of the dresses from our collections at Best for Bride that fit this idea. But before that, here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a sexy wedding dress.

Factors to remember when choosing a sexy wedding dress

Make sure the dress flatters your body type

Irrespective of whether you prefer classic elegance or boho glamour, a wedding dress will look good on you only if it flatters your body type. So, first identify the dress silhouette that enhances your best assets while hiding less desirable ones. Visit this link for a guide to help you with this. 

Once you recognize your best assets, you can choose a gown that draws attention to this area of your body. So, do this before you go shopping.

Find the right balance

One of the biggest challenges of choosing a sensual wedding gown is to make sure that it doesn’t look vulgar. Choose a dress that is sexy, but feminine as well. Contemporary dresses with romantic features like ruffles or lace should satisfy the equation. If the dress is very revealing, make sure that the overall look is balanced with simple elegance in the rest of the dress.

Avoid any likely wardrobe disasters

In certain dress styles, you stand the risk of revealing more skin than is generally considered appropriate. This can become a mistake you go on to regret in later years. So, if your dress isn’t secure enough, add additional support to avoid a wardrobe disaster. For low-cut necklines, a sheer layer will provide support. Similarly, use tape or suitable undergarments to hide areas that you do not want to accidentally expose.

Take care that your dress doesn’t look cheap

Unless you choose well, your dress may end up looking cheap. When you choose a sexy dress, your look will depend on how well you carry it and how it suits your style. So, don’t compromise on quality. Pay attention to fabric, cut and design so you find a dress that looks every bit the money you spent.

Now that we’ve covered the essential factors to remember when choosing a wedding dress, let us move on to the more interesting part. Here are some beautifully sensual dresses from our collection at Best for Bride. I hope this provides some real inspiration for you to plan your wedding dress shopping.

Dress styles for the sexy, glamorous look

Dare to bare with plunging necklines

Plunging necklines come in varying depths, and form the statement feature of many designer wedding gowns on the runway. This single element instantly adds a bold streak to the overall bridal look. The only factor to remember is that you should always have adequate support when you sport a low-cut neckline, or it is highly prone to accidents. Either choose a dress with an inner sheer layer to keep the neckline in place, or have such a layer fitted into the bodice of your gown to stay safe.

The dress featured here is from the Mori Lee collection. The dipped V-neckline is part of a sheer lace applique bodice that contrasts in texture with the soft silky fitted skirt. This dress has an inner supportive layer that blends in with the natural skin color to create a seamless look. It also has a low cut neckline on the back and a short train.

Stun with a see-through bodice and sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is one of the most sensual features a wedding dress can have. The obvious display of the neck, shoulder and collar bones will add a romantic, feminine touch to a dress. So, when this neckline is formed on a peek-a-boo lace bodice that reveals a hint of skin, it is sure to wow your guests.

This Mori Lee dress features a see-through bodice that has strategically placed inner padding at the bust to keep it from revealing more than is necessary. Although it doesn’t take the sheer trend to the very extreme, it is effective enough to make a style statement.

Sensual off-the-shoulder neckline

If you prefer a sexy, yet sophisticated look, dresses with off-the-shoulder necklines are sure to impress. Unlike other shoulder-baring dress styles like the halter, strapless and spaghetti straps, this dress style has a unique charm since it has a playful look and is very modern. In fact, this trend feature on the Brides website even calls it the grown-up version of the strapless dress. 

This dress is from the Sophia Tolli wedding dress collection. It has thick lace applique straps that gently fall away from the shoulder. The bodice is sure to stay in place despite the off-the-shoulder straps and plunging sweetheart bodice detail since it is well-supported by the sheer layer that stretches across the neckline. Altogether, a stylish and impressive piece.

Wow with an amazing illusion back

How about a twist to the traditional look? Your guests may find your dress simple, but turn around and watch the look of amazement on their faces when you show off a sexy, illusion back. Lace illusion details on modern silhouettes like the trumpet and mermaid will help you nail the perfect sexy look, without trying too hard.

Look at this magnificent beauty from the Sophia Tolli dress collection. A scattering of intricately designed lovely lace appliques emerge along the back of the dress, with sparkling crystal and embroidery details for added bling. The dress looks beautiful from the front as well, with its slender slaps and trumpet silhouette. Nevertheless, it is the details in the stylish back that will be memorable.

Cold-shoulder look with peplum lace sleeves

Cold shoulder details are another dress feature that is glamorous. Pair the cold shoulder style with breezy peplum sleeves and a fitted silhouette, and you will look like a diva. Although the cold shoulder detail has been seen with various necklines and silhouettes, it looks best when the sleeves continue into statement details.

This beautiful dress from the Mori Lee collection will illustrate how beautiful the cold shoulder look can be. Paired with a slim-fitting silhouette and embellishments along the sleeve edges and neckline, this dress is a true work of art. The light illusion lace sleeves in peplum style add a vintage Boho vibe to the dress. The back of the dress is equally impressive, with a bow detail in the center and a sheer bodice.

Dresses with slits for that mysteriously sexy look

Step away from the traditional wedding dress look in an unusual way, when you choose a dress with a slit that extends all the way up to the knee or thigh. When the feature appears on a silhouette like the A-line, it will be unexpected and sure to capture the attention of your guests.

Notice this dress from the Monica Loretti collection. At first sight, it looks like just another strapless A-line dress with a lace bodice and pleated skirt. However, the sexy high slit will be revealed as you move and offer a good view of your toned legs that you are eager to show off. If you are looking to surprise your guests, this is the dress that gets the job done.

The high-low hemline that is playful and pretty

Casual wedding themes call for wedding dresses that are playful and youthful. Short dresses are recently growing in popularity at such weddings. However, their appeal is increased manifold when they feature high-low hemlines. This unique dress style feature is perfect to show off your legs, and yet look bridal enough.

Enchant your guests in this stunning little white dress from the Mon Cheri collection. The high-low tulle A-line skirt is actually detachable. The dress originally comes with a pencil skirt with a scalloped lace hemline. The two-in-one option thus allows you to sport two distinct looks on your wedding day, for the price of a single wedding dress. Doesn’t that sound interesting?

Sheer bodice and soft satin skirt

When a satin dress features a silhouette that softly clings to the natural curves of the bride, the effect is mesmerizing. Pair it with a statement bodice with a sensual appeal, and you will be one sexy bride. It doesn’t matter whether you reveal any skin or not, such strategically crafted wedding dress details are sure to enhance your sex appeal and show off your feminine style.

Another dress from the Mon Cheri Bridal collection, this dress features silky soft satin in a sheath silhouette that creates the illusion of curves. The dress clings to the body, emphasizing the beauty of the natural figure. A textured bodice with sheer lace appliques further enhances the overall effect. Although the dress is modest and doesn’t reveal too much skin, the bodice and skirt come together to create an arresting effect from top to toe.

Bridal separates with crop top

If you want to show off your bold streak without causing scandal, go for bridal separates that subtly reveal skin at your waistline. Crop tops are well-suited for brides with slender figures, and they look stunning when paired with the right skirt.

Check out this pretty piece from the Mori Lee collection. Available as separates, with a crop top and A-line skirt, the dress is charming while it is bold in a different way. It is not a conventional wedding dress. Nevertheless, it will easily gain approval from your guests in the way it puts forward a modern look in a regal way. The dress also features a sheer back with beautiful lace appliques. This two-piece dress is perfect for a Boho bride and will do wonders for your bridal image.

Sexy sheer skirt for high impact

There is nothing more striking than the shadow of your toned legs beneath a layer of sheer. The barely-there look will add an air of mystery, and conjure an unexpected and impressive image in an instant.

Here is a dress from the Sans Pareil collection, featuring this detail. See how the pretty bodice extends all the way down to the hips with lace appliques that conceal the area. Further beyond it is a layer of sheer fabric that actually highlights slender legs. The scattering of lace motifs at the hemline further accentuate the effect of this bold dress. Similar effects in the back, that barely conceal a little beyond the hips make it an adventurous choice. Perfect for the bold bride who dares defy tradition.

All the dresses featured here belong to the bridal dress collection at Best for Bride. We have many more dresses for the bold bride, and all you have to do is take a look. So, now tell us which of these is your favorite. Or, are you the demure bride who prefers a more conventional dress choice. Our collection has plenty of dresses for you too. Visit our bridal gallery by clicking on this link and find the dresses that are better suited to your unique taste. 

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12 Fashionable and flattering dress styles for the mother-of-the-bride

Shopping for your daughter’s wedding is very exciting. In fact, your daughter’s wedding is an occasion that gives you the opportunity to relive the excitement of shopping for your own wedding dress. This occasion is in fact more fun, since there are fewer rules, but more options. Although you may no longer be 20 years old, you are still fabulous and deserve to look your best on your daughter’s special day.

Nevertheless, there are certain factors to keep in mind when you buy your MOB dress. Let us look at what they are.

  • Every wedding has a color scheme and style. Be considerate and find a dress that works with the colors and the formality of the wedding your daughter has planned.
  • Look glamorous, but don’t upstage the bride with your dress choice. Make sure that your look won’t compete with that of the bride.
  • Although the above rule holds, this doesn’t mean you should dress down for your daughter’s wedding. Dress smart by making a choice that flatters your body type and makes you feel beautiful.
  • Make sure your dress works well with the wedding setting. It should be suitable for the weather at the time of the wedding, convenient to move around in and appropriate if there is a religious or cultural dress code for the event.

For more essential shopping tips for the mother-of-the-bride, we suggest you take a look at this post on the Knot website. 

Now, let’s move to the interesting part—Fashionable dress styles to choose from for your daughter’s wedding.

Every season shines the spotlight on new and evolving trends. Shopping isn’t the same when we cross 50, as our body starts to display signs of ageing. Nonetheless, there are plenty of stunning choices for women your age. All you have to do is keep an open mind. You are bound to find one that ticks all the boxes. Dresses for mature women are just as interesting as those for young ladies. The secret is to find a style that flatters your body type and is fashionable too.

So, first identify your body type. This will help you recognize dress styles that are sure to flatter you. This detailed guide on the 40 Plus Style website provides all the information you need. Check it out!

Then take a look at our list of fashionable and flattering dress styles available for mothers of brides. You are sure to find a hot and happening style that perfectly matches your vision here.

Dresses with sleeves

 

Most of us are reluctant to show off our upper arms, as these often show the signs of ageing. If this problem affects you, we suggest that you choose a gown with half or 3/4th length sleeves that covers up this area. You can further shift focus to another area of your body with a suitable design. We suggest a dress with a dramatic neckline or skirt to show off assets you are proud of. Remember that dresses with sleeves need another wow factor, to look beautiful. So, make sure your dress isn’t drab by choosing one with a statement style element that compensates for the long sleeves.

Fit and flare silhouette

This is a universally flattering silhouette, as the fit and flare suits almost every body type. While simple, it has an elegant finish and can be adapted to any dress length. The silhouette basically shows off the natural waistline, and has a skirt which flows away from the body. This makes it ideal for camouflaging thin or thick hips. Find a fit and flare dress of the length that enhances your body structure. Consider adding an accessory like a belt or sash, if you want to draw attention to your waistline. Choose short dresses if the wedding has an informal tone. Long fit and flare gowns are stunning, and the perfect choice for black tie weddings.

Separates

 

This versatile dress style is comfortable and perfectly suited for events in the summer. There is an undeniable sophistication and maturity to this dress style. Hence it suits older women. Mix and match pieces, or go for a set that flatters you with its colors and details. It is a good idea to choose separates with textures that differ in the upper and lower halves to make it more interesting. With the mix and match option, you can easily pick pieces that blend with the theme and also reflect your personal style. Peplum tops are also a fantastic choice that you can pair with pencil skirts or trumpet skirts for a stylish finish.

Draped dress style

The draped style as a trendy introduction to the fashion scene continues to be very popular. Your dress can feature draping in any area. It could be at the neckline, at the waistline or even in the skirt. The best part of this style element is that it instantly highlights the said area. As a result, it can be used to distract from a less attractive area. The draping can be tight and neat, for a formal look. Choose a looser drape for a less formal setting. With such a dress style, it is best to avoid other embellishments in the rest of the dress, or you may end up with a cluttered look.

Column or sheath dress

This silhouette is one of the most flattering for mature women. It has a simple, streamlined look and extends to full-length or features a shorter hemline. The sheath flows naturally, embracing natural curves. The benefit of this style is that it creates the illusion of curves, even while emphasizing a naturally curvy figure. This is a great dress style if you have a straight body structure, since it adds more curves than you actually have. Sheaths are available with lace details, in satin or  chiffon and other breathable fabric. The simple style makes it perfect to pair with statement accessories and jewelry for an elegant look.

Lace dress

Another classic that keeps reinventing itself, the lace dress is a safe bet for the mother of the bride. These come in a stunning range of options in fabric, design and style. Nonetheless, lace has a timeless charm that makes it an unbeatable choice. Either go with an all-over lace dress or choose one with smaller, scattered lace details. For a modern twist, opt for laser-cut lace or 3-dimensional lace details that make it more attractive than traditional lace designs. So, if you want to look your charming, feminine self at your daughter’s wedding, lace it is!

Color blocking

This is another style that allows camouflage of less desirable assets, while accentuating the areas of your body that you love. Color blocking can be done vertically, horizontally, or even in geometric or alternating patterns. The style you choose will determine the overall effect you achieve with it. It works on both tall and short women, and you have options in both long and short dresses. Make your color choice wisely, since this will decide the overall effect. Colors that are close to each other on the wheel have a slimming effect, while contrasting colors have a more dramatic effect.

Empire waistline

This is the perfect style to hide bulges in the waist and stomach area. The empire waistline rests above the natural waistline, with a bodice that cuts just below the bust. Most dresses with this feature have layered voluminous skirts that entirely hide the waist and hips. It creates a statement look, and is just right for a formal effect. Dresses that come with long, flowy fabric skirts are also suitable for outdoor weddings in garden settings or even the beach. The style shifts attention to the neckline and bust, adding more dimension to this area. So, it is a style to consider if you are naturally small-busted.

Bold prints

Best-suited for fun and casual themes, bold prints instantly uplift and make a dress look cheerful. So, let this be your go-to dress style if your daughter has a casual-theme wedding. Choose from geometric prints, stripes, florals or classic designs to find one that matches the theme. With bold prints, you do not need many accessories to complete your look. In fact, we suggest you keep the accessories to a minimum, so it doesn’t look too busy. Just a pair of statement earrings, or a pretty clutch should be sufficient to complete your look.

Rocking red

Red is a color that immediately steals the show, and hence one you should consider wearing. It has a cheerful, energetic vibe that will help you look ultra-stylish. So, choose a shade of red that matches your complexion, and you do not need more to be noticed. Red dresses, whether short or long, are equally attractive. Take care that the cut and fit flatter your natural shape and the silhouette fits snugly along your natural curves. Keep the jewelry and accessories simple, as the color speaks for itself. If you aren’t too sure of wearing the brighter shades of red, settle for maroon or wine red for a subtle effect. You may also want to make sure that the red you choose will go well with the colors in the wedding theme, before you commit to it.

Pastel and neutral combination

Here is another combination that will turn heads your way. Most neutrals combine beautifully with pastel shades to add elegance and sophistication to an outfit. These are age-appropriate combinations, that also give you plenty of accessory options. Pair it with a printed clutch, glitzy earrings or a statement necklace and shoes to be a glamorous mother of the bride. The combination goes well with pearl jewelry, and it also works with silver, gold or platinum finishes.

Embellished neckline on long dark silhouette

If there is one detail you should nail when choosing your outfit, it is the neckline. Most women over 50 prefer to avoid deep and low-cut necklines, that draw attention to their chest and jaws. So, pick a dress with a high neckline, like a halter or scoop with embellishments in the area. The benefit of this style is that it is simple, yet stylish. Embellishments like embroidery, sequins or even crystal and rhinestone details look beautiful against dark colors in the rest of the dress. When such details appear on a full-length gown, it is easy to adjust the rest of your look for the formal occasion. You can also find plenty of shorter dresses in our collection with details confined to the neckline alone. These are better suited for semi-formal and casual wedding themes.

Now, tell us which of these styles do you like most?

Do you prefer the glamorous deep dark colors or classic lace and prints that will never go out of style? Take your time to decide. For it isn’t everyday that your daughter gets married. So, plan your look carefully for this special once-in-a-lifetime occasion and make sure everyone remembers how happy and beautiful you looked on this day.

All the dresses featured here are from our Mother-of-the-bride collection at Best for Bride. They are available in a range of sizes and some of the dresses are available in color variants. We suggest that you take a look at the Mother of the bride dress collection here for more details on these dresses. You can also see the rest of our collection here.