Backless is the new black

A few years ago, my best friend walked down the aisle on a tropical island wearing a stunning wedding gown that had a little surprise. As her groom beamed at her from the altar, the wedding guests were swooning over something else entirely– her gorgeous, exposed back framed by perfectly placed Chantilly lace. Throughout the night, compliments about her ‘statement back’ just poured out from effusive guests.

That’s when I realized, ‘why of course! More often than not, a bride’s back is exposed throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. From walking down the aisle and saying her vows, to slow dancing with her new husband and going from table to table greeting guests – all eyes will be on her back.

Give your guests a nice surprise

Give your guests a nice surprise


From red carpet to wedding aisle

It suddenly made so much more sense to pay attention to this traditionally not fussed about dress detail. Simultaneously bold yet bashful, sexy and shy, statement backs are a hot trend on the red carpet, with Hollywood stars like Anne Hathaway and Zoe Saldana bringing sexy back. Now this trend has snubbed tradition and found its way to wedding dresses, as perfectly revealed in the Spring 2015 bridal catwalks. From exposed backs to racerback details to dangerously low cuts, it’s apparent that the back has come to the frontline.

There is an endless array of choices!


Back accents

But is this backless style for you?

I daresay yes. This is a gorgeous detail that even more conservative brides can play with. A subtle lace overlay can cover the back and yet add a touch of sexiness. Gowns with strategic cut outs can be framed beautifully by accents like lace, precious stones or cowl details.  I suggest checking out the Spring 2015 collections of Vera Wang, Monique Lhuiller and Pronovias for inspiration on beautiful and unique backs.

I call it a come from behind victory.

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