Brides who prefer a coquettish, slightly revealing look should immediately start browsing backless gowns. Not only are they ideal for warmer climates–backless cuts are guaranteed to flatter virtually any body type, as there really is something inherently sexy about tastefully done back cutouts. Lastly, compared to plunging necklines, they're more likely to be accepted in traditional wedding venues, so if you're a hubadera bride, a backless dress is by far your best bet.
10 Flattering Backless Wedding Gown Styles
1. A simple mermaid gown prettied with a bow might do the trick.
This one's a strapless, true white dress with a snug bust, and a bows on the skirt. Tufts of tulle, appliqué-covered ribbons, and similar frou frou would also make good embellishments. It kind of calls back to mind the bustles that women used to wear in the 1800s, which is meant as a compliment.
2. Go the unconventional route with innovative netting and a dramatic cutout.
Steal the show with this intricate A-line gown with unique, opulent netting that resembles a cocoon. The gown looks modest and conservative in the front, but actually features a dramatic backless cut. Talk about a contrast! It's also long-sleeved and mock–necked. It's not a dress for everyone, but if you manage to pull this off, the payoff will be intense.
3. Merge both bohemian and traditional styles in this elegant lace gown with second-skin sleeves.
The skirt is an interplay of lace and sheer panels, with a mermaid cut: It’s longsleeved, with a v-shaped illusion back, done with frosty floral framing. The lace on the back and sleeves makes the gown soft and sweet. This would be perfect for rustic, garden-themed weddings.
4. Draw inspiration from lingerie and swimwear.
If your wedding is going to be held at the beach, why not wear a gown that mirrors a maillot? This one's a fully minimalist gown with the cleanest, thinnest straps, and a lovely mermaid silhouette. It’s body hugging, and the ribbon keeps it fun and fresh.
5. Live out a fairytale with an off-white whimsical gown.
Frothy like waves crashing against rocks, this gown is adorned with appliqués, and features vine straps that come into a v-shape at the back. The effect is festive yet dainty, and makes a very strong case for blush-toned gowns. It's admittedly not for everyone, but those who are on the lookout for non-traditional, non-white gowns will love this.
6. Apart from a backless cut, you can also explore deep plunges along the sides of your bodice.
Compared to the other gowns, the backless cut of this sexy bohemian wedding dress isn't as tailbone-grazing, but it makes up for it with sultry dips on either side of the torso, in addition to the plunging v-neckline. The triangular shape of the cutouts contrast the rounded back. The sheer, curtain-like skirt features a slit on the front of the gown, not at the side. All in all, this ballerina dress is perfect for the hubadera bride.
7. A simple slip dress with a dangerously low back will do the trick.
For civil weddings or tiny, intimate ceremonies, you might want to stick to a sleek, super minimalist gown that will still be wearable after the wedding. This simple satin gown features spaghetti straps and a plunging cowl back. It’s such a classic cut. It certainly as a wedding dress, but you'll also be able to wear it to other parties and gatherings, too.
8. When in doubt, pursue a simple silhouette that hugs your curves right.
This one’s similar to the previous one, but has a slightly different cut and hue. If you’re not into true white or even off-white, why not go for a literal pearly-white dress? The wide v-shaped back cut is all kinds of sexy and elegant. That slick, defined shape really makes all the difference.
9. Go for slinky fabric and barely-there straps.
For the daring, we have this tailbone-grazing, backless silk dress, held up by straps that are nearly as thin as angel hair pasta. This is definitely a barely-there dress, and it's perfect for practical, minimalist brides and intimate ceremonies.
10. A backless dress can be streamlined, too– it doesn't always have to be skin-tight.
For brides who value comfort and/or plan on wearing the same dress to the ceremony and reception, a gown like this might be a good choice. This one is a flowy a-line dress with draped sleeves three-fourths sleeves– and interesting and quite casual sleeve length for a gown. The use of sheer fabrics allthroughout make the gown very youthful and garden-friendly.
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