Wedding Trend: The Illusion Wedding Dress

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The 2016 bridal runways were awash with wedding dresses featuring sheer illusion panelling

Introducing a bit of illusion fabric into your wedding dress is the perfect way to show some skin without going completely bare.

The illusion wedding dress is sensual and romantic, rather than all-out sexy.

Designers are using sheer panelling in lots of ways with dresses featuring illusion necklines, backs, midriffs, arms and legs.

To help you take hold of this sultry look, we’re exploring the various options and how to interpret them fearlessly

Illusion Neckline

The neckline, sleeves and bust area are all popular areas to feature sheer fabrics. Completely transparent ‘second skin’ fabrics will make you appear disrobed without feeling unprotected. Whereas sheer materials that include lace or beading will give just a tempting hint of flesh.

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Benjamin Roberts
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Juana Martin


Illusion Back

Barely there fabrics can give the illusion of a sexy low back that makes a really bold statement. A sheer back also allows you to be more conservative or minimalist with the front of the dress, giving you two completely different looks to play with.

Again, sheer paneling on the back of the dress can be as risky as you desire, but if you want to go really low, it can be tricky for the very well-endowed ladies – just make sure you’re very well supported at the front.

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Allure Bridal
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Heidi Elnora
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Berta Bridal


Sheer Midriff

If you are an avid follower of wedding dress fashion, you’ll know that the midriff is in, with crop tops galore gracing the bridal runways.

This isn’t a look for the fainthearted, but it’s a lot easier to adopt if you throw a little bit of sheer into the mix.

A sheer cut out will add a super edgy element to your look. It can completely modernise the shape of your dress and enhance your figure. Sheer material covered with intricate lace will make this style totally accessible to the every-day bride.


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Badgley Mishka
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Berta Bridal
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Galia Lahav

Sheer Leg panelling 

This is the most fun and flirty option when it comes to braving sheer. Provided that you’re preserving your modesty (ie. not showing your bum!) showing some leg can be classy and utterly inoffensive.  It’s perfect for a bride with a pair of killer toned pins to show the world or a bride who loves the idea of a short wedding dress without having to face the chill that comes with it.

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Kaviar Gauche
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