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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…

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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