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Best hairstyles for different wedding dress necklines

The wedding dress is the statement element of your bridal look. Hence, everything about your bridal look should go well with this focal item. When the bridal accessories, makeup and hairstyle work with the wedding dress, your bridal look will come together beautifully.

One of the main factors to consider when choosing your bridal hairstyle is the neckline of your dress. To understand the different necklines that are commonly seen on wedding dresses, take a look at this article on the Knot website. For every wedding dress neckline style, there are certain hairstyles that work better than others. So, this is a good place to start.

Choosing your hairstyle based on the neckline style has the following benefits.

  • It makes your wedding hairstyle decision easier: Finding the right hairstyle is a challenge, and there are several varieties for you to choose from. Base it on your neckline, and you can narrow down your choices to just a select few.
  • It helps you keep the focus on the statement features of your wedding dress: Although you need a beautiful hairstyle, you do not want one that will distract from the statement features of your dress. This is why it is important to find one that will enhance the beauty of your dress, and not steal the spotlight.

Here are our top hairstyle suggestions based on popular wedding dress neckline styles. Browse through it and we are sure you will be inspired.

Boat Neck

The boat or bateau neckline is a horizontal neckline that emphasizes your collar bones and neck region. It is also a rather high neckline, that adds greater bulk to the bust region. The ideal hairstyle wouldn’t hide this neckline. Hence, it should be an updo or gathered hairstyle that keeps hair off your neckline.

Since the boat neck is very feminine and dainty, it is best to pair this style with a soft hairstyle instead of a super sleek one. Complement the soft neckline detail with low buns or soft messy buns. You can also choose a high ponytail that keeps hair away from your face, but has a more modern look. Add a few accessories like flowers or scintillating hair clips, and you will look your very best.

Scoop

The scoop neckline is a classic style that is popular on both classic and modern dresses. Although it is a universally flattering neckline, it doesn’t usually command much attention. Since this is a simple neckline style, it is best to choose your hairstyle based on the rest of the features in the dress. Plan your hairstyle based on whether your dress looks formal or casual, and the sleeve-length as well.

For casual dress styles with a scoop neckline, choose hairstyles like messy buns or wear your hair half-up and half-down. Add some curls for extra charm. If your dress style is classic or formal, straighten your hair and leaving it open. Else pair your dress with a classic top knot that can never go wrong.

Halter neckline

This retro-inspired neckline is a statement feature of the bodice, and is usually chosen by brides who want to show off their toned arms. It is also a high neckline that best fits slim and well-toned brides.

Loose curls and free hair best suit this style. Since an updo will only further elongate your torso, a low hairstyle with hair left open will better balance your overall look.

Consider a half-up half-down hairstyle, if your dress has a halter neckline. Else leave your hair open with few strategically placed curls. This will add volume to your face and enhance your femininity. Remember that the halter neckline deserves to be highlighted. So, let the part of your hair that stays down be at the back, rather than fall to the front.

One-shoulder neckline

This is a very romantic and almost casual dress feature. Not all brides can carry off a one-shoulder neckline perfectly. Hence highlight this feature in your dress. Choose a hairstyle that doesn’t distract from the neckline. The ideal choice would be a low-set bun or ponytail that keeps hair in one place.

The other stylish alternative is a hairstyle that places some or all your hair over your free shoulder. This would look immensely appealing and sexy, as it draws attention to the neckline with a strap on one shoulder and wavy curls that cover the other.

High neckline

High necklines are a favorite in wedding fashion. These styles create the illusion of a fuller bust, while highlighting the facial features. Brides who wish to appear leaner and taller will benefit from this style. This dress feature also draws attention to a voluminous skirt or one with signature embellishments on it.

Although this is a versatile neckline that gels with most hairstyle options, it usually looks best with top knots and other hairstyles that restrict hair from falling to the front. Since the bodice of such dresses usually feature pretty embellishments, it is easy to keep the focus on the fabric and details. A sleek high updo looks smart and polished while low buns with pretty accessories look feminine and romantic.

V-neckline

Another classic dress style, the V-neckline appears in varying depths and widths on wedding dresses. As with the scoop, it is best to choose your hairstyle according to the overall dress style, rather than base it on the neckline alone. For a deep V-neckline, pair it with a signature neck accessory and keep hair away from the neckline so it is noticeable.

When the V-neckline appears on traditional and classic silhouettes, pair it with neat hairstyles like a clean bun or chignon. If it is part of a casual dress, you can wear your hair down in a style that best enhances your facial features. For deep, plunging V-necklines which are usually statement features of a dress, try to keep your hair away from the front so that this style element receives focus.

Off-the-shoulder neckline

Feminine and very sexy, off-the-shoulder necklines are a happening trend in the world of wedding fashion. If your wedding dress features this neckline style, you can pick from various hairstyle choices. If you are not entirely comfortable with baring too much skin, opt for one where some of your hair naturally covers part of your shoulders in natural waves. Hair that tumbles down your shoulders will look very pretty. However, if you aren’t too keen on downplaying the statement dress feature, we have the ideal solution.

Add a bold and sophisticated statement to your overall bridal look, pair this neckline with a high up do. This will allow you to reveal your toned collar bones and neck area, adding unique charm to your bridal look.

Dramatic back details

Many modern designers focus on creating dramatic elements in the back of the dress, ones that instantly impress with their intricate details. If your dress has an illusion back, keyhole cut-outs or is even a daring low style, this shouldn’t be hidden by your hairstyle.

For a wedding dress with a dramatic back, choose a hairstyle that falls to the front, so the drama of the back is revealed. You can also opt for a chignon, updo or high pony that ends above the neckline of the dress.

Sleeveless necklines with spaghetti straps

Sleeveless dresses are sometimes enhanced with spaghetti straps for support. These add a touch of bling and offer well-needed support to the bodice of a dress. The detail also creates a very feminine effect to the bridal look, and this factor should be played up for maximum impact.

Wavy hair looks amazing with such dresses. Have your curls swept to one-side, so one shoulder strap is definitely visible. The messy bun is also a beautiful option that goes well with this dress style. Pair it with hair accessories like headbands or hair clips and you can further enhance the effect of the bun. Finally, the half-up, half-down hairstyle also works well with this dress design.

Sweetheart neckline

The sweetheart neckline is an ever-popular dress style, that appeals to most brides. The half-heart shape frames the bust, fitting snugly and emphasizing the neck and collar area of the bride. It is also the prime choice for dresses with embellished bodices. This romantic dress neckline works well with almost any hairstyle. However, we have our favorites that go best with this style too.

The top-knot looks amazing since it doesn’t hide the neck region and allows you to flaunt your collar bones. Tousled hairstyles with tendrils framing the face are another good combination for a relaxed look. Another hairstyle that looks great with the sweetheart neckline is side-swept hair. Accessorize it with a delicate headband or weave flowers into your hair to look every bit a goddess.

Strapless neckline

This basic neckline is another popular alternative to the sweetheart neckline. It simply extends straight across the bust from one end to the other, without any curves that define the bust area. The neckline without straps is a little daring, but nevertheless very attractive when it fits snugly. It is also a good style if you wish to show off your figure and draw attention to your bridal jewelry.

For strapless necklines, loose buns and chignons work well as they keep hair away from the neckline. You can also opt for a sleek ponytail if you wish to sport a smart and neat look. The best way to enhance these hairstyles and add a touch of drama is to use bold hair accessories like fascinators, headbands or hair combs.

Plunging necklines

A bold and modern dress feature that is slowly being embraced by brides everywhere, plunging necklines have a statement effect of their own. Carrying off this style requires confidence, and this effect should be reflected in your choice of hairstyle too.

Highlight a plunging neckline with style that keeps hair off your shoulders. Back buns and ponytails work well in this case. You can leave few tendrils around your face, but don’t let hair obscure the effect of this daring neckline feature.

Illusion necklines

Illusion necklines are amazing dress features, with intricate beading and embellishments that enhance the beauty of the dress. Since these are done on a sheer layer, the peek-a-boo effect of the skin benehath it is very appealing. This is a neckline that you should showcase, and it is best if your hair doesn’t come in the way.

For illusion necklines, sleek ponytails will keep hair towards the back while you look smart. You can also choose elaborate updos with plenty of texture and volume for an interesting effect. Playful curls will add to the visual appeal of your dress and make you look extra special.

The wedding dress neckline and your hairstyle are key factors in determining your overall bridal look. Hence, these aspects should be decided after considerable research. If you are unsure of what will look best on you, consult your hairdresser for ideas. We also advise a hair trial prior to your wedding day, to help you see how your wedding day look will come together. This will also allow you to make suitable changes if you aren’t satisfied with what you see.

Apart from the neckline of your dress, other factors that should influence your wedding day hairstyle include your face shape, hair texture and wedding theme. For more tips and tricks on doing this right, visit this article on the Wedding Ideas Mag website. 

Dresses with all types of necklines imaginable are available in our wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. Visit our website to see more of what we have in store, and narrow down your favorite choices.

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10 glitzy, glamorous wedding dresses for the modern, stylish bride

Glamour has different interpretations, as it means different 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. There are more than a handful of women with a bold streak, who 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 dress, to achieve their intended effect. Just a few interesting dress features chosen carefully can render this glamorous look.

So, whether you want outright drama or prefer a refined touch of splendor, here are some interesting wedding dress features that will 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, and make it sexier than a strapless neckline. When these straps are attached to a dress with a dipped neckline, like a sweetheart or a V-neckline, the effect is very impressive. The best part is that these slender straps will give your dress added support, but the fact that they are so slender makes them very stylish.

Featured here is the Mori Lee 2807, with a pair of embellished shoe string 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, with the 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 favorites, 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

For sophisticated glamour that is evident but not over-the-top, the best fabric is satin. 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 is a gown that creates glamour with this single element—ruffles! Here, the rest of the fit and flare silhouette is simple, with lace in the snug silhouette 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 have the power to transform a plain dress to 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 and fit and flare silhouette are attractive. But, what really 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. When combined with a sexy neckline, the result is a gown that is very attractive. 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 closely flow along the natural curves of the body. 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 defining 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 also impressive. However, our attention is instantly shifted to the neat princess lines that define a soft and almost silky skirt. This single factor makes this dress special and noticeable.

Open cut-out back

There are different ways in which you can look and feel glamorous, and an exposed back is one of the easiest ways to grab such attention. While illusion backs are attractive and even very dainty, they are not always as glamorous as a cut out back. This unexpected surprise can make even the more 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 sometime 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 is an example of what we just discussed. The richly layered overlay skirt gives the dress a ball-gown effect, but it also reveals 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 completes the romantic effect with perfection.

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 chose! 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, and makes it a masterpiece in entirety.

Plunging back

If the back of your dress is done artistically, it is a sure way 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 deep 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, and this factor makes this dress a dazzling beauty from all angles. Also, the cap sleeves frame the ornate back in the most impressive manner. 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 when you should make sure that 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 itself 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?

At Best for Bride, our wedding dress collection includes all the dazzling beauties featured here, and many, many more. So, visit our online gallery today and take a look at what is on offer. For all your wedding day needs, including your bridesmaids dresses, wedding accessories, jewelry and all services you need, check out our website.

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Trends we love – Classic Features in modern wedding dresses

The most romantic wedding dresses harmoniously blend timeless elegance with contemporary style. When traditional favorites are reinvented with modern touches, the result is astonishingly attractive. Wedding dresses have evolved in terms of silhouettes, necklines, sleeves and hemlines over the decades. Nevertheless, it isn’t uncommon to see interesting trends from the past being reused in wedding dress fashion now.

With more and more brides opting for vintage style wedding dresses, but updating them to suit their modern taste, one thing we know is that our favorite features will never be lost forever.

Today, we will discuss about how old meets new in the world of wedding dresses. We will visit some of the beautiful designer dresses from our collection at Best for Bride, that bring together contemporary styles with timeless classic features. These dresses will appeal to both the modern bride and the bride who favors classic styles for her wedding. So, take a look and don’t forget to tell us which of these are your favorites when you are done.

Fishtail gown with V-neckline

The mermaid style fit and flare gown is a current favorite with many modern brides. This silhouette allows them to flaunt their beautiful body shape on their wedding day. The characteristic feature of the mermaid gown is that it clings to the body, and draws attention to every natural curve. So, this silhouette is anything but traditional. When it is paired with strapless necklines, the result is often an ultra-modern and extra stylish gown that only a confident bride would be comfortable in. The V-neckline on the other hand, is a timeless favorite. The length and depth of the V has often varied, and it is possible to both look modest or show off your decolletage and cleavage with a beautifully designed V.

The Mori Lee 2823 from the Spring 2016 collection is an elegant masterpiece that has both the modern fishtail feature and the timeless V-neckline. With thin straps that support the neckline, and an embellished bodice that scintillates with crystals up to knee-length, it is a statement gown. Find out more about this beautiful dress and take a look at how it is from various angles, at this link.

Ball gown with illusion neckline

The illusion neckline is a recent entry into the wedding fashion scene, and ever since it made it’s appearance, brides have accepted it with open arms. The thin sheer layer of fabric that barely conceals the skin that lay beneath it, gives rise to breathtaking effects. This is what makes this feature a winner. Many modern designers make the most of illusion details by extending it to beyond the neckline, the  into sleeves and back as well. It is often seen as a combination that is modest and sexy at the same time. Ball gowns, on the other hand, have always been an age-old classic style. At Best for Bride, we often notice how mothers want to see their daughters in elaborate and heavy ball gowns on their wedding day. On most cases, the bride disagrees (sometimes vehemently!) to this idea. We’ve seen many heated debates and tears at such dress selections where opinions clash.The Mori Lee 2818 is a gown that would be perfect for both parties, in such a scenario.

While the neckline and illusion cap sleeves are sexy and mysterious, the ball gown is still there, although a little less poufy than in the traditional way. Even so, it will be favored by the older generation. Crystal beaded embroidery adorns the bodice and extends into the skirt in tiny clusters here and there. The illusion layer sits atop a stunning sweetheart neckline, that is bound to be a favorite with the modern woman who wants subtle glamour. This dress is just right for a formal church ceremony, and the best part is that the bride will not feel weighed down in a heavy skirt with more layers than is actually necessary to get the shape right. The beautiful illusion details also continue into the back, with a wide V-cut framing the intricate beading at the back. For more details about this dress, check this link.

Princess seams and illusion neckline

Princess seams were details added to the bodice and skirt of wedding dresses in yester-years, so it looked tailored to the bride’s actual measurements. These rounded seams added definite structure and made the dress look fitted. However, it was often a style that extended continuously from the bodice, all the way to the skirt. Adding an illusion neckline and ornate embroidery details on the bodice can add an innovative touch to this classic element, and make it much more interesting.

The sheer bateau neckline and sleeves continue into a pretty sweetheart bodice decked with intricately woven lace details. Artistically placed crystal beading enhances the beauty of the gown, by adding sparkle to the waistline and decorating the lace applique above it. The satin skirt, in contrast, is simple but lustrous and luxuriant, as it softly glides down to full-length.

Fit and flare dress with lace details

Lace is synonymous with vintage, and a favorite with brides of all generations. However, it is not often suitable at modern weddings, and is usually preferred for traditional style weddings. However, lace is an element that can do wonders to the bridal ensemble, when chosen properly. It renders itself suitable for any style of wedding, when used in the right doses and paired with the right features. When lace appliques tastefully adorn a fit and flare gown, it can be stunning and the onlooker will have a hard time deciding whether the dress is more contemporary or classic.

Another ravishing beauty from the Mori Lee Spring collection, the 2807 is a gown that adds a touch of timeless elegance to the most modern design. The fit and flare silhouette is embellished from top to toe with fine Alencon lace appliques, and the embellishments on it extend all the way to the sheer train. The dress has a snugly fitted scalloped sweetheart neckline supported by scintillating shoestring straps. The back features a daring deep cut that gathers into a train of fabric buttons that run all the way down to the derriere. Alencon lace appliques frame the back and are truly mesmerizing. To learn more about this showstopper dress, visit this link to our online store.

Fit and flare dress with tiered skirt

Tiered skirts were a big thing in the 1910’s and they perfectly fit the picture for a vintage-inspired wedding. Fit and flare silhouettes, on the other hand, are a contemporary fashion feature. Combining the two together gives you an unusually appealing combination of old meets new, with no compromise on style or elegance. With the fit and flare silhouette, the upper part of the dress allows a bride to show off the figure she is proud of. The lower part that has the tiered skirt, gives the dress an unexpected twist that can also tie it to a vintage theme.

The Mori Lee 2810 from the Spring 2016 collection features both the elements, and also has elaborate lace details that make it a work of art. The gently scalloped lace details on the hemlines of each of the tiers creates an exquisite overall look for the dress. Additionally, the entire silhouette upto knee length contains beautiful Alencon lace details created with finesse, and the sweetheart neckline makes it glamorous too. Find more pictures of this splendid gown by visiting this page.

Draped bodice and A-line pick up skirt

Many fairy tales have featured pick-up skirts, but this feature was always associated with ball gowns. The pick-up style later disappeared from the scene. It has reappeared now, but this time with a modern twist that is more charming and appealing. The characteristic rolling up of the skirt at specific points, which made it look heavy and difficult to manage, is now updated in an A-line silhouette style. This considerably reduces the volume of the skirt, instantly adding a touch of sophistication to it. When the bodice has a ruched style, with gentle pleats coursing over the torso, there is an almost seamless integration of the bodice with the skirt. The effect is stunning.

This imarvelouslous dress in a modified A-line silhouette with the pick-up skirt detail being its most spectacular feature. A sparkling waistband defines the end of the bodice, which drapes around the body in gentle pleats. This design instantly adds extra inches to a bride, and is a beautiful gown with its strapless soft scoop neckline and simple, but luxurious details.

Lace gown with full-length illusion sleeves

Illusion designs have not only braced the neckline, but we often see them on the back and sleeves too. Although the original illusion styles were relatively simple, with just a thin layer of fabric over the chosen area, lace appliques and motifs are more elaborate today, making them splendid works of art. Most wedding gowns with illusion necklines feature cap sleeves, or are sleeveless. However, illusion full-length sleeves have a breathtaking beauty, as you will soon see. When this feature on the sleeves is combined with the traditional vintage element—lace, in the body of the gown, the dress is happy harmony of old and new.

Beautiful full-length illusion sleeves with exquisite beading along the length of the sleeves almost look like a bolero over the ruched sweetheart neckline and bodice. The entire gown is created in lace over satin with the dress featuring a draped design all the way from the bodice to the end of the skirt.

A-line silhouette and plunging sweetheart neckline

The A-line dress was one of the first design innovations in wedding gowns, introduced soon after women started shedding corsets and dressing up in garments that embraced their natural body shape. Since then, the appeal of this silhouette has only grown. It still continues to be a favorite among brides, with the simple pattern helping them create a sexier look with the illusion of curves. The strapless bodice, has also been on the scene for a while now, but modified sweetheart necklines with a plunging section in the center are a novelty, that only bold brides are ready to consider. However, when the silhouette with long sleeves is updated with the strapless plunging sweetheart neckline, the result is a gown that is glamorous, interesting and most of all, stunning.

The Y11639 Kyla from the Sophia Tolli collection shows us how magnificent this combination is. This figure-flattering gown almost snugly fits the torso all the way to the hips, from where it gently flows into a modified A-line skirt. This modest design is contrasted by the plunging sweetheart neckline which goes deep down in the center, albeit with a modesty piece. The dress features a corset-back, but don’t worry about it shrinking you in with it’s tight grip. It is nothing like the corsets women in the Victorian ages wore! Beading and intricate crystal work throughout the length of the gown make it picturesque. You can have a closer look at this gown by visiting this link.

Now tell us, which of these combinations did you like the most? At Best for Bride, you can choose from a wide variety of gowns of different styles. Modern or traditional, classic or contemporary, we have them all. As one of Canada’s most reputed wedding shops, we are here to help you realize your dream vision of dressing up as the most beautiful bride in town, and also having the dream wedding that will forever be remember by your guests. Choose from our extensive wedding gown inventory, by clicking here.

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8 Interesting wedding dress features to inspire the modern bride

Weddings are a routine affair now, and a white wedding dress is expected norm at most weddings. There are so many splendid wedding dress choices in this serene color, and more ideas evolving by the hour. So, why should a bride be tempted to look elsewhere, when she is to choose a dress for the most special day in her life?

While white may be the typical choice, this doesn’t mean there is any dearth of exciting options in white, waiting to be discovered. So, if you want something unusual and interesting, albeit in pristine white, to wear on your wedding day, you are in luck. Today, we will take a look at some interesting wedding dress styles to inspire you, and give you more variety than the regulars on the wedding scene.

Romantic tea-length gown

Anything that ends above the ankles is immediately interesting in a wedding scene. As brides have forever been associated with long, traditional wedding gowns that extend into long overflowing trains, a short wedding dress is unexpected and hence, refreshing. The best thing is that you do not have to go too short either, as tea-length dresses are versatile and suit many wedding themes. They have the capacity to help a bride stand out from the wedding party and guests.

This tea-length wedding dress is a romantic stunner, that has all the elements expected in a wedding gown, except for the length. The mix of satin and net, ends in a beautiful scalloped hemline with floral motifs spanning it. The layered A-line skirt is a perfect way to show off a tiny waist, and the sweetheart neckline adds a romantic touch. Simple but stylish, this is the perfect dress for a vintage-style or casual wedding. We can also see many brides with their hearts set on a garden wedding, fall in love with this desirable beauty. This pattern is one you should certainly consider if you would like to look young and dashing on your wedding day.

Empire bodice with narrow draped skirt

The empire style waistline is usually expected to flow into a billowing skirt or at least one that flows away from the waist and hips. This is the reason that this style has always been favored by those with a heavier waist, and to camouflage thinner hips. However, the empire style would be just as attractive, and more suitable for brides with just the right amount of curves, when paired with a narrow and snug fitting silhouette. This would in fact be a glamorous and sexy dress style in this case.

This gown is the perfect example of the style we just discussed. The sequined bodice has a dramatic empire waistline fashioned in a draped design, with a stunning beaded applique in the center. From here, the A-line skirt falls to floor length, and also features a side front split. It is a gown that has enough going on to be a stunner. Nevertheless, it also features a chapel length train and a lace-up corset back that adds an even more ravishing finish.

Full-length illusion sleeves over sweetheart bodice

We have seen enough gowns with sweetheart bodices, and an almost equal number with full-length sleeves. While the former style is a wedding staple for brides who do not mind exposing their decolletage and shoulders, the latter is usually chosen by brides who strive for the exact opposite. However, it isn’t everyday that we see these two wedding dress features come together to create a sophisticated combination, like we will just see.

Here is a gown that combines both the dress features we discussed earlier. A dress artistically created with ample draping in the bodice and skirt with a classic sweetheart neckline. However, the addition of illusion sleeves of full-length gives it an unexpected twist, and this factor adds extra appeal to this dress. The sheer sleeves are adorned with specs of lace along the length, and these are very dramatic. The back of this dress is equally stunning, with the illusion sleeves closing in a keyhole design. Additionally, it has also been embellished with crystals and rhinestones to create a sparkling effect.

Tip: If you like the idea of adding sleeves to any other sweetheart gown for a similar effect, you can easily have this done by a talented seamstress, by using extra fabric. You can also achieve the same effect by pairing your gown with a full-sleeve bolero or jacket, fashioned in the same style as seen in this gown. This allows you to have a full-sleeve gown to cover up your arms, even while you can keep the sweetheart gown that you have your heart set on.

Off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves

The off-the-shoulder neckline is a style statement that is very sexy, and hence chosen by many brides today. However, we usually see it paired with thin shoulder straps or with cap-sleeves. Seldom is it seen with long sleeves. When it is, the effect is very attractive, and almost has a vintage style associated with it. So, when lace is also included in the design, it is time to end your search for the best vintage gown. Check it out.

Here, the off-the-shoulder neckline is combined with elbow-length sleeves for a contemporary take on a classic feature. This A-line dress also has elaborate lace work all over its length and scalloped details bordering the neckline and hemline. A sweetheart bodice plays peek-a-boo from beneath the lace layer, while crystal beading accents the lace motifs making it elegant and classic. Think of this gown as a choice that will be appreciated by the older generation, even while it is glamorous but very comfortable.

Plunging sweetheart neckline with illusion halter yoke

Plunging necklines are not for the faint-hearted, as they are a sexy element with a lot of risk. However, if you are a bold but practical bride, the illusion style neckline clubbed with the plunging bit can come to your rescue, in the form of a modesty piece. We think plunging necklines are statement pieces by itself, that a bride doesn’t need much more to make a dramatic statement. Look at this dress here.

This gown features a plunging sweetheart neckline, but in a safe manner that will support the bride’s bust. It has a barely there sheer yoke fashioned in a halter style, so the bodice is supported and held up in position without effort. Additionally, the illusion neckline is adorned with crystal beading that resembles a necklace. This eliminates the need for an additional neck-piece. Plunging necklines are usually paired with spaghetti straps, but this illusion-style pairing defeats that any day. The entire dress is in a single satin finish, with a full godet skirt. The absence of any other embellishments, aside from the necklace adds to its sophistication and style. The back is equally captivating, with the illusion neckline continuing into a band of encrusted crystal details that culminates in a low-cut V shape.

Sheath dress with A-line overskirt

Sheath dresses are a great choice for brides who want to create the illusion of curves. However, they do not have the flare or layers that make it as dramatic as a ball-gown or layered skirt. So, it may be figure-flattering for many brides, but it is not always a first-choice. However the simple silhouette that the sheath dress has can be elevated with a detachable over-skirt. The result is as good as having two wedding dresses, but at a single price. So, if you want a different look for the ceremony, and the reception, you can have it with this option. Take a look at this dress to see what we are talking about.

This two-piece lace and tulle wedding dress is the Y11562 from the Sophia Tolli wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. The strapless sweetheart sheath has been accented with lace appliques throughout the length, and they are employed in a beautiful shadow box effect. The waistline is highlighted with a waistband of ornate crystal beading. Brides can choose to wear this dress with or without the misty A-line overskirt, depending on the effect they seek to achieve. The back features a corset that fits it perfectly to the curves of the body. Additionally, this dress can also be used with halter straps or spaghetti straps for a novel effect. All these versatile features allow you to choose the style that is perfect for your overall look.

Fluttering sleeves with A-line dress

A simple A-line wedding dress with no other features that stand-out, can instantly be updated with the simple addition of fluttering lace sleeves. This wispy sleeve style can add plenty of feminine appeal to any wedding gown and it is perfect if you seek a simple enchanting element that can alter your entire look. Another good thing about these sleeves are that they add the required coverage and support, while not looking too modest, if you do not want to be drowned in layers of fabric. Here is a dress from the Jasmine wedding collection that features this style element.

The T162067 from Best for Bride features a snug A-line silhouette with a beautiful sweetheart bodice and lace details. The most noticeable feature of this gown, however, is the fluttering sleeves that form a V-neckline over a sweetheart bodice. The sheer sleeves have pretty lace motifs on it, which makes it all the more attractive. Although a simple dress, that isn’t too poufy, it is one with a statement style, and this makes it truly unique.

Dropped draped waist

Not all brides have the ideal figure to carry off a dropped waistline. It is usually the penchant of those brides with a perfect hourglass figure, or a slender waist. The dropped waist is not a style that flatters tall brides, as it further elongates the torso. So, this is not a regular on the wedding scene. So, when it appears, it is a welcome change, and one that is remarkable. While dropped waists can be done in various ways, draped dropped waists are striking. See what we mean here.

The F161054 is a dress from the Jasmine wedding collection, and features the dropped waist feature. Here, a sweetheart bodice is accented with crisp, draped details that end in a dropped waist on one side. Further the effect of the dropped waist is enhanced with additional styling using a sheer V-neckline with just the right amount of embellishments. The fact that this combination is attached to an A-line skirt makes it a simple silhouette that is both elegant and endearing. The drama of the entire dress extends to the back, where the illusion V-neckline is replicated, and is encrusted with necklace like details in concentric curves towards the central zipper. This is a classic beauty that is perfect for weddings held in houses of worship. It is also comfortable to wear and not too revealing.

Of the various styles we just discussed, which do you think is your favorite? Also tell us whether you would like to go for a dress with just one or two factors that wow, like we saw here? Or would you prefer a dress that is elaborate and full of details in every way.

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