How to Pull Off a Sexy Wedding Dress Without Offending Grandma
August 7, 2016
Over the past few seasons, we've seen designers bringing sexy back to bridal fashion with plunging necklines, sheer fabrics, strategic appliqués and curve-hugging silhouettes. But, there's a fine line between looking sexy and revealing a little too much. So to help us navigate the sea of white wedding dresses, we turned to bridal stylist Annie Cavallo, who's breaking down how to get that sexy look without revealing it all.

Plunging Necklines


This neckline can be quite the show stopper, but you shouldn’t sacrifice good bust support for the look. If you're smaller on top, flaunt your bust by trying a deep plunge that ends about 3" north of your waist line. For larger busts, opt for a halter style neckline. The shape in the front will give you the same depth but the strappy neckline will camouflage any straps for your bra.

Crop tops and Midriffs


Showing off your stomach on your wedding day is quite a sexy statement to make, and if you have a six pack, flaunt it! However if you aren't that daring but love the concept of a little midriff reveal, then try out the lace or illusion midriff trend. Based around a bralette or cropped shell bodice, the sheer layers give you that subtle coverage of skin while still revealing your best ab-sets.

Extreme Hemlines


A sexy trend without having to reveal much of anything else, your one leg exposed by a super high slit could be all you need. Designers are giving you options to flaunt, from the high-hip slit to the subtle knee kick-out — you really can reveal from anywhere in between. Another conservative take on the leg reveal is the trendy hi-low hemline that shows of your legs while giving you even-coverage.

Nude illusions


The sexiest trend for any size or shape is the illusion neckline. It's all about giving the illusion of ‘skin’ by matching your skin tone to linings embellished with embroidery, sequins or lace appliqués. If full illusions are too suggestive for your future MIL (mother-in-law), opt for gowns that have illusion cut-outs or panels. The key to pulling this off is the color — the closer the mesh illusion is to matching your skin, the better.

Bringing Sexy Back


Designers are upping the wow factor of gowns with intricate strapping, floating button closures and super low waist lines. Whether you choose a bare back or feel more comfortable with a sheer mesh layer, there is nothing sexier than the curves of your backside.

Strategic appliqué placement


Show off your body with the help of little of perfectly placed appliqués covering just enough of your basics to take photos with the grandma. To get the same appeal with a lesser reveal, look for gowns out that have open weave lace patterns that show off some skin but cover you all the way around.

Thigh Highs


You CAN have your cake and eat it too with a sexy mini short dress and full length fit-to-flair look all-in-one. With the help of some sheer mesh or lace, a panel can be placed right between your thighs and knees showing off your legs and just enough of your curves.

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