Glamour has different interpretations, as it means other things to different people. However, there is always one thing common to all that is glamorous; this style is distinctively evident, loud and impressive.
Not every bride wants a traditional wedding dress on her wedding day. More than a handful of women with a bold streak would love to show off their best features in a dress that does most of the talking. Then, there are also those brides who love the sophistication of subtle glamour. These women see a memorable wedding day look that is glitzy and stunning effect at the same time. These brides do not need hundreds of details in their wedding dresses to achieve their intended result. Just a few exciting dress features chosen carefully can render this glamorous look.
So, whether you want outright drama or prefer a refined touch of splendour, here are some exciting wedding dress features that instantly enhance your glamour quotient.
Scintillating shoe-string straps
Even if strapless gowns are your thing, you should consider dresses with scintillating shoe-string straps to look extra glamorous on your wedding day. The gorgeous sprinkling of glitter on these thin straps makes it mesmerizing and attractive. Also, the sparkling effect draws attention to your shoulders and arms, making it sexier than a strapless neckline. The effect is very impressive when these straps are attached to a dress with a dipped neckline, like a sweetheart or a V-neckline. The best part is that these slender straps will give your dress added support, but their slenderness makes them very stylish.
The Mori Lee 2807 is featured here, with embellished shoestring straps that lead to a soft scalloped sweetheart neckline. This Alencon lace gown would look like just another wedding dress, hadn’t it been for the extra touch of the sparkling shoe-string straps.
Sheath silhouette with V-neckline
The sheath is a simple silhouette, but one that is very powerful in creating a sexy effect. With the column design and fabric draping along your natural curves, the sheath draws attention to the natural figure and the beautiful curves a bride has. When combined with a modest V-neckline, the effect is further enhanced. V-necklines are traditional favourites, but are very stylish and look good on most body types. While it goes well with almost all wedding dress silhouettes, the combination with the sheath is worth special attention. This instantly draws attention to sensual curves and emphasizes femininity. It is naturally slimming, and the bride in this silhouette looks confident and modern.
In this Mori Lee 6811, the bodice with the V-neckline is adorned with clusters of embellished floral twirl designs. This is a dress that looks charming without being overbearing. It is very glamorous and a perfect choice for a confident young bride.
Stylish in satin
The best fabric is satin for sophisticated glamour that is evident but not over-the-top. The silky finish of this fabric has a distinct quality, and it also has a good drape. When satin is used in a fit-and-flare silhouette that snugly fits the natural curves of a bride, it emphasizes her well-toned figure beautifully. So, this is a great option to look glamorous in a red-carpet style on your big day.
Here is an example of how this look comes together. The Mori Lee 2722 in Larissa Satin features a pleated sweetheart bodice with an ornate embellished waistband. While the tiered skirt is flirty and fun, the fitted silhouette is elegant and just perfect for showing off your well-toned natural shape. The luscious satin finish looks sophisticated yet sexy, perfect for a classy look that will not be easily forgotten.
Layers of ruffles in a trumpet skirt
Ruffles are a very feminine feature, however they can be glamorous too, especially when focused in the skirt to create a thick frothy finish. Unlike when they are in the bodice or strewn throughout the skirt, focusing ruffles in a single space make the effect pronounced and the impact is very high.
The Mori Lee 2685 gown creates glamour with this single element—ruffles! Here, the rest of the fit and flare silhouette is simple, with lace in the snug shape all the way down to the hips. However, the laser cut ruffles have a stunning signature, and the differentiation in the skirt with the edge of silver beading makes it very pronounced. The sweetheart neckline also has a matching band of silver beading, and together, they emphasize the contrast of the rich, blooming skirt.
Sparkling cap sleeves
Sometimes, all it takes is one element to make a gown stand out with striking beauty. This can be a motif on the bodice, a different sleeve style or an exquisitely decorated skirt. Sleeves can transform a plain dress into one that dazzles when it is executed with perfection and has a luxurious dose of bling.
In this Mori Lee 5270, the draped dropped waist design, fit, and flare silhouette are attractive. But what makes this gown spectacular is the dazzling cap sleeves that elevate the gown to the next level. The combination with a sweetheart neckline emphasizes the bust and neck area. This is a gown that achieves a glamorous finish without working too hard. Not only does it look charming, it is done tastefully.
Empire waistline with layers of fabric
The empire waistline is one dress feature that instantly draws attention to the upper body. Combined with a sexy neckline, the result is a very attractive gown. While the typical empire waistline gives rise to a billowing skirt that hides the mid-section and waist, it can be exquisite and very stunning if this waistline were combined with a fitted silhouette.
The dress here demonstrates what we mean. The draped empire waistline ends just above the natural waistline. However, the skirt is designed to flow along the body’s natural curves closely. As a result, the dress is very glamorous. Additionally, the layers of fluttering chiffon that fall into ruffles at the center add extra drama. The low-cut neckline decorated with ample crystal beading also makes this dress very alluring, but very classy at the same time.
Fitted princess seams define your shape
There is great finesse associated with princess seams, when it defines the contours of a gown. The simple addition of these seams along the bodice and skirt immediately draw attention to where they are tastefully placed. This is like the easiest way to define your beautiful curves and emphasize your well-toned figure that you achieved with great care.
The dress shows us how this wedding gown feature instantly makes a gown more attractive. Here, the beautiful bodice has elaborate lace, embroidery and beaded details. Additionally, the illusion neckline is impressive. However, our attention is instantly shifted to the neat princess lines defining a soft, almost silky skirt. This single factor makes this dress special and noticeable.
Open cut-out back
You can look and feel glamorous in different ways, and an exposed back is one of the easiest ways to grab such attention. While illusion backs are attractive and dainty, they are not always as glamorous as a cut-out back. This unexpected surprise can make even the traditional silhouette and dress design instantly fashion-forward. It is a perfect choice for the bold bride who is proud of her body.
Take a look at this dress, for example. Here, the dress is simple and even modest from the front, while all the drama lies in the back. The unexpected effect of the cap sleeves closing in to reveal a beautiful cutout that exposes the entire back is all that it takes to make this gown stunning. It is a treat for the onlookers who will spend quite some time staring at you from the back, during the wedding ceremony, and not to mention an excellent choice to show your bold streak without offending the older generation.
Overlay skirt over slim silhouette
Two-in-one wedding dresses have been in the limelight for a while now, allowing the bride to transition from the ceremony look to another one for the reception without much ado. However, these dresses usually featured an overlay skirt that entirely hid the inner silhouette. Now, if it were done differently so that the inner slim silhouette were seen through, wouldn’t it be sexy?
This dress from the Sophia Tolli collection exemplifies what we just discussed. The richly layered overlay skirt gives the dress a ball gown effect, revealing a stunning fit and flare silhouette beneath it. So, the bride can expose her sexy side while being mysteriously modest. How flirty and fun is that? The encrusted waistband further accentuates the natural figure by drawing focus to a slim waistline, while the sweetheart neckline perfectly completes the romantic effect.
Off-the-shoulder straps with fit and flare silhouette
There is a sexy sophistication to exposing your shoulders while leaving traces of a sleeve that could be used to cover it if you choose! This is what an off-the-shoulder neckline achieves. The bold display of your shoulders while adding those straps that barely skim your shoulders makes this design very interesting and fashionable. Add this design factor to a snug-fitting silhouette, like a fit-and-flare design, and the drama is even greater.
The Loraina Y11634 from the Sophia Tolli collection shows us why this design works so well. Try to imagine this dress with a plain strapless neckline or with cap sleeves. You will realize how it wouldn’t work the same way with any of these. It is the simple addition of the off-the-shoulder neckline that makes it chic. The fit and flare silhouette in lace contributes to it even more, making it a masterpiece.
If the back of your dress is done artistically, it is sure to ensure you look glamorous on your wedding day. From beautiful illusion details to cut-outs and daring deep necklines, there are many ways to make the back of your dress stand out. While a fully exposed or daring dip in the back will look too sexy to be considered glamorous, it will be very stylish when you sport a dress with a plunging back that is done just right.
Take a look at this 1347 Angelina Faccenda wedding dress. The back is kept simple with just a deep dip framed by beautiful lace appliques. Although it exposes the entire back, it does so with elegance, making this dress dazzling from all angles. Also, the cap sleeves frame the ornate back most impressively. Not only does it support the bust area, it is sensational in the most classic way.
Your wedding day is a celebration like no other. So, this is the day you should make sure you look as special as you feel. Choosing a glamorous dress will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd and be a bride that everyone will remember long after your wedding. Additionally, with a glamorous dress, you do not have to worry much about choosing accessories that add to your look, as your dress will be attractive enough to make a mark. So, tell us, which of the features we mentioned above would you like to try on your wedding day?
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