Modern Wedding Dress Necklines
Thinking of a strapless gown? Why not go for something a little more interesting in one of these statement-making gowns
For years strapless gowns reigned supreme as the go-to neckline of choice, but whether it was Kate Middleton’s v-neck Alexander McQueen wedding gown in 2011 or the countless number of celebrities in red carpet dresses with interesting neckline alternatives, designers have started to introduce more neckline options for brides to choose from. With bridal designers using everything in their creative back pocket to offer, brides have more neckline options than ever before, including scoops and squares, one-shoulder and off-the-shoulder and even a plethora of sleeves from capped to the wrist. Here are some of our favorite just-off-the-bridal-runway gowns that you’ll find in bridal salons now:
Long Sleeves, High Neck
For those who want more coverage without looking dowdy, consider this sexy stunner from Inbal Dror. (Beyoncé did, when she wore it to the Grammy Awards earlier this month!) Keep in mind this dress will show off a lot of skin, but with sheer fabric panels over the legs, arms and decolletage you won’t feel naked, keeping this bride respectably irresistible. This Inbal Dror gown is exclusively available at Mark Ingram Atelier.
Hollywood A-listers have been donning gowns with asymmetrical necklines for the past few seasons because they’re both sexy and modern. (And you don’t feel the need to tug at it like a full strapless gown.) This blush-colored Grecian-inspired gown by Romona Keveza hugs the body in all the right places and the open back is adorned with a delicate pink floral pattern adding a distinctive feminine detail. Available at Romona Keveza.
The impeccable fit of this Monique Lhuillier gown makes it a stand out. Showing off shoulders, with complementary draping through the silhouette, this wedding gown would look great on many brides. Those looking to take their bridal look up a notch from the standard strapless should consider this sexy yet romantic gown. Available at Monique Lhuillier.
Whether paired with a full skirt or more narrow silhouette, embellished or not, the cap sleeve adds that My Fair Lady touch that is just love(r)ly. This Reem Acra gown has a shimmering bodice paired with a soft A-line skirt with a high-low hemline for a sophisticated yet sweet look. Available at Reem Acra.
The Halter Neckline
While a halter neckline may have you thinking more beach than bridal, designers have proven that a bride can look and feel sexy on her wedding day, it all depends on the details. A sheer fabric, as seen on this Alon Livne White wedding gown, can be a more revealing look, while an organza or lace will be more traditional. Alon Livne White is available at Saks Fifth Avenue.