If you’re searching for an absolutely stunning dress that looks amazing without being too revealing then try an illusion neckline. One of the year’s top trends, bridal catwalks have been full of this wow-factor look for good reason. Read on for our guide to illusion neckline wedding dresses plus a few of our absolute favourites…
What is an illusion neckline?
Illusion neckline wedding dresses feature sheer fabric or lace along the top part of the bodice, which is often decorated with beautiful beading or lace appliqués. This type of neckline suits almost every shape and style of wedding dress, giving a sexy strapless feel but with more coverage. It’s also a look that works with short cap sleeves or full length sleeves – perfect for revealing a flash of arm without having them fully on display.
A sweeping statement
You’re guaranteed to make an entrance in this sensational illusion neckline design. The crepe fabric hugs every curve to give the perfect fit while the intricate illusion sleeves give way to a sexy open back, finished with a row of pearl buttons.
A light touch
The lace illusion neckline is the stand-out feature of this striking look. The bodice is embroidered with delicate corded lace, elements of which have been used to decorate the shoulders and arms. This perfectly defines the décolletage and wrists while providing light coverage. The high neckline also draws eyes upwards to your face.
This ballerina-length dress with sparkling beading and an elegantly low illusion back harks back to an era of 1950s Hollywood glamour. With voluminous layers of soft lightweight tulle, it’s perfect whether you’re marrying at home or abroad. We love the oh-so soft skirt, which has plenty of bounce. This is super flattering for most figures but particularly great for balancing out pear shapes. For even more volume wear it with our 125 underskirt.
Time to shine
Up close you can see the beautifully modern beading. The huge variety of different beads mean this dress will catch the light and sparkle from every angle. The illusion neckline plays a key part, creating a soft and delicate finish with a little added support and coverage. Our beaded Zara belt goes particularly well with this dress, combined with our subtly sparkly Chrissy veil. For a different daytime look you could also wear this with our Blythe overskirt.
A love affair
You can’t help but fall in love with this truly romantic ivory wedding dress. The soft tulle floats gracefully to the floor and the lace illusion bodice is set off by delicate buttons at the back. The balanced proportions of the A-line skirt also work brilliantly to draw the eyes upwards and create a beautiful nipped in waist, so it’s very flattering for all body shapes.
The bateau neckline combined with the illusion design gives a soft and delicate neckline with a little added support. This style also gives delicate glimpses of décolletage while still feeling modest. The cap sleeves have been cut just-so and are ideal for flattering the tops of the arms. Simply add a beautiful belt with a touch of sparkle to draw attention to your pretty waistline.
A modern illusion
Illusion neckline wedding dresses can look both classic or contemporary, and our Everly dress is a great example of a modern version. It’s a vintage tea-length dress in beautiful lace that gives the classic short wedding dress a totally contemporary twist.
Delicate floral lace
The sweetheart neckline here is beautifully embellished with trailing floral lace across the collarbones and tops of the shoulders, creating seamless cap sleeves. It’s the perfect look for brides who want coverage without long sleeves. Accessorise with our 125 underskirt for extra volume and our sparkling Nova belt with crystals on soft tulle. Alternatively, for other short and sweet styles, try contemporary Eva or fun and flirty Rosabel.
An absolute classic
Finally Bronwyn, our beautiful ball gown design, is a traditional bridal gown that really stands out from the crowd. The lace and tulle are a marriage made in heaven while the soft illusion neckline and the delicate cap sleeves are just to die for.
Glorious vintage lace
The illusion and sweetheart necklines combine to look attractive and modest at the same time, then turn round to revel the stunning illusion back. Accessorise this look with our Nova belt and 163 underskirt to add extra volume and accentuate your waist. Then just add our Jasmine bridal hair comb, covered with crystals and floral details, and voila – the perfect ensemble!
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