Reveal without a revolution: Backless wedding dress inspiration

Angel Sánchez 2014. Image: Angel Sánchez

It’s difficult when you’re a bride, isn’t it? You want to look beautiful and sexy, but with most of your family in attendance (and possibly your 80-plus-year-old granny) you might not want to overdo it. And if you’re getting married in a religous ceremony, you might feel your options might be even more restrictive.

While off the shoulder dresses have been a wedding staple since we can remember, backless dresses are not only one of the 2014 wedding dress trends, but also a lovely way of revealing some flesh and your shape without causing a scandal. Here are some of our favourites…

Angel Sánchez 2014. Image: Angel Sánchez

The first designers to show the backless dress were the US designers at New York Bridal Week. Labels liks Amsale, Ángel Sánchez and Lela Rose revolutionised traditional necklines with strapless looks reaching half-way down the model’s back, illusion ‘backlines’ with the prettiest of embellishments and transparent boatneck tops covering the back with flowers.

Rosa Clará 2014. Image: Rosa Clará

The trend came around again in Barcelona with Rosa Clará‘s backless dresses accompanied by lace, feathers and dramatically long skirts.

Rosa Clará 2014. Image: Rosa Clará

Considering how much time your guests will be looking at your back during the ceremony, this backless idea is great. And it also adds that perfect touch of glamour to your look – turning your daytime bridal dress into a gorgeous evening dress for your reception.

Rosa Clará 2014. Image: Rosa Clará
Rosa Clará 2014. Image: Rosa Clará

What about these gorgeous Greek-inspired draped dresses? The colours, the embellishment and the texture are all the perfect compliment to the backless look. Love it!

Rosa Clará 2014. Image: Rosa Clará

But don’t forget, no matter how pretty or sexy, you must remember that a backless dress needs to be a well-designed dress. Check where the buttons are and how they look, and make sure the bodice and the front are well-fitted, so that you don’t feel unprotected or unsupported in a dress you’ll be wearing all day.

Marc Jacobs sequinned maxi dress. Image: net-a-porter

As for how backless you want to go, that depends on your own taste, but will also be decided by the shape of the skirt and the length of the train. Remember too that you can add a mid-length veil or a half-up half-down hairdo, if you want to cover some of your back.

Dion Lee bandage dress. Image: net-a-porter

And what about this inspiring backless dress for guests? We love the tailoring, which is just enough to make this dress sexy without being too revealing! Get your friends in on your wedding look with inspiration from fashion sites like net-a-porter and Girl Meets Dress.

And for more wedding dress inspiration, what about the full Rosa Clara 2014 collection, launched at Barcelona Bridal Week!

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