The New Wedding Dress: 8 Stunning Ways to Wear ‘Back Detailing’

New Wedding Dress: 8 Ways to Wear ‘Back Detailing’

Swan, or shimmy, down your aisle in the hottest bridal look to hit alters since the sweetheart neckline and give your guests a rear view they’ll remember happily ever after….

It’s the new back, err, black, in bridal: back detailing. But while the traditional sweetheart neckline, empire line and ruched bodice will always hold a place in our hearts, bridal designers have gone ‘back to the future’ with exquisite back detailing – lace features, buttons, ruffled trains, scalloped edges and silver threading that will make your ‘just married’ departure unforgettable. Here’s a few stunning ‘back end’ designs…


The Dress: Pronovias ‘Ionela’ gown.

The Back: Sheer lace scoop back with covered buttons.

The Look: A contemporary spin on the traditional princess again from the masters of bridal, Pronovias. The Mikado silk off-the-shoulder neckline and fitted underbodice are perfect for showcasing the lace overlay bodice, stunning three-quarter sleeves and scallop edging. Ooh la la.


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The Dress: Marchesa Haute Couture

The Back: Feature cut-out back with scalloped lace edging and long ruffled train.

The Look: Red carpet glamour. Eva Longoria rocked this stunning Marchesa at Cannes, showing how circular ruffles, silver, lace, edging and a sheer deep v back and front can work harmoniously together. Book a glamourous venue and pour the Moet for this one!


The Dress: Pronovias ‘Ivania’ gown.

The Back: A Deep V revealing with covered button detailing.

The Look: If you’re having a whimsical winter wedding, long sleeves with cuffs are a stunning option – but you can still show a bit of skin! Add a sexy sophisticated spin with a high neck, form fitting bodice and make a splash with a mermaid flair and short train.


The Dress: Pronovias ‘Ilari’ gown.

The Back: A plunging V lace back with scallop edging decorated with guipure.

The Look: A dreamy religious ceremony, botanical ‘do, black-tie event, destination wedding overlooking a clifftop and crashing waves… this stunning gown is a showstopper for just about any wedding style. The lace effect is superbly feminine, the mermaid flared train is elegant, the gemstones add glamour and the Bateau neckline is dreamy.


The Dress: KWH ‘Theodora’ gown.

The Back: Simply romantic. An understated elegance with a V back, lace, covered buttons, spaghetti straps and a scalloped edge train.

The Look: Perfect for the relaxed country or garden wedding, this slimline lace silhouette gown is all about emphasising the bride’s natural features rather than stealing the show.


The Dress: Pronovias ‘Irina’ gown.

The Back: A feature organza collar with lace and guipure bodice and collar to waist button detailing.

The Look: The modern Princess Bride can have her wedding cake and eat it too. With all the charm of a traditional Princess gown, this stunning gown has a full skirt with pleats and pockets (you need somewhere to keep your phone, don’t you?!), and the traditional structured bodice has a removable lace jacket with a feature collar. Think black-tie, beautiful…


The Dress: KWH ‘Willow’ gown from the Bespoke Collection with ‘Clarisse’ train from the Wildhearts Collection.

The Back: Ruffles of love with a bustle style back and sexy corsetry.

The Look: High glamour and romance, this is a showstopper! Ruffles, constructed with mille feuille layers of circle organza, have ‘wow’ impact. Corsetry has a flirty and confident feel and the figure hugging, strapless corded lace wedding gown with a soft fluted fitted skirt highlights feminine curves beautifully.

What’s more important to you? The gown have a front focal point, or the back? 

Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.


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