If the thought of billowing ball gowns just doesn’t match your sense of style, don’t panic! Nailing bridal elegance with a sexier edge is achievable with many dress designs, shapes and fabrics. There are even wedding dress options to create a sexy silhouette that feature sleeves, perfect for the bride who is both traditional and trendsetting.
Here, we bring you an edit of 27 of our favourite figure-enhancing gowns. With icons of sexy bridal silhouettes Berta Bridal and Galia Lahav necessarily featuring heavily, you’ll also see designs from Australian talent Wendy Makin and South Africa-based Elbeth Gillis, as well as more affordable options from the likes of Morilee, Maggie Sottero and Veromia.
If you spend any time browsing bridal on Pinterest, you simply must have stumbled upon a Berta gown or three. Renowned worldwide for figure-hugging, daring and modern designs, it’s little wonder that a Berta dress captures the hearts of so many fashion-forward brides. Lace applique, translucent fabrics and beaded details inject the perfect shot of glamour to these gowns.
Justin Alexander and Demetrios
Often overlooked, puddle trains create a sexy silhouette for many gowns, particularly when the fabric for the train begins to flair out from just beneath your bottom. The sweeping train attracts attention, drawing the eye down the length of the wedding dress to the final floor-level flourish, celebrating the bride’s shape in the process.
Ines Di Santo
Lace panels offer a subtler means of evoking a sexy silhouette. Whether it’s a small flash of skin down the inside of sleeves which then frame the figure they flank or entire bodices made in this way, look to this material for a more demure approach to a sexy silhouette.
Balance deep scooped backs (nine more dresses with sexy backs here) and sculpted corsets with lavish swathes of fabric extending outwards to form the train. Soft and light fabrics like tulle will evoke a fairytale, feminine edge and help to counter the more heavily embellished, sparkling details on wedding dresses.
While fit and flare designs do instantly create a sexy silhouette, you needn’t limit yourself to this style only. Unstructured, floating skirts in lightweight fabrics are equally beautiful. Paired with a statement bodice – especially illusion designs with lace – they will create a more subtly sexy silhouette.
Belle and Bunty and Caroline Castigliano
Creating a sexy bridal silhouette needn’t always demand heavy embellishment or detailing. Quite the contrary, as these designs by Paloma Blanca, Belle and Bunty and Caroline Castigliano highlight. Simple, stylish satins offer a sophisticated and unfussy approach to the fit and flare gown, making your silhouette the focal point.