Low-back Wedding Dress

A low-back wedding dress, also known as open-back or backless wedding dresses, is a great way to make a bold statement with an illusion or plunging back detail.

Low-back wedding gowns are stylish, cool and a fantastic choice for weddings taking place in warmer months. This style can be informal or glamourous and a great way to add a surprise element to a traditional dress, as demonstrated beautifully on Watters’ natural-waist ‘Shiloh’ wedding dress with its plunging Micah lace bodice over a dreamy washed silk organza skirt.

Low-backs works across a multitude of silhouettes from slinky mermaid gowns to ethereal A-lines; Stella York’s head-turning lace and Imperial crepe sheath dress hugs the body and features sexy spaghetti straps and a dramatic low back, while contrastingly Enzoani’s full-length tulle sheath gown offers a romantic air with its flyaway layered skirt and alluring plunging scoop back.

This contemporary design feature can be seductive and sexy and a happy medium for brides wanting to show some skin without going straight for cleavage. Mon Cheri’s fairytale chiffon, tulle and lace A-line gown with its illusion lace bodice and deep scooped back is an absolute dream - plus there’s extra room to show off some skin with the side slit in the softly gathered chiffon skirt.

The next obvious question is what underwear to choose with a low-back wedding gown. While some may feel comfortable ditching the bar, for many this isn’t an option so consider a strapless silicone stick-on, a lower back bra or ask your seamstress if they can sew support into the gown itself.

Remember: try moving around in your backless gown to check you’re comfortable with the way it feels and that it doesn’t gape when you bend over or sit down!


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Ruching

Ruching describes a design feature on a wedding dress where fabric is gathered together or creatively pleated on two parallel sides to create attractive, rippling lines of gathering.

Key-hole

Wedding dresses with a key-hole back are a great way to add the ‘wow’ factor if a low back or backless dress makes you feel too exposed.

Pickups

Pickups are a design feature on the skirt of a wedding dress where the fabric is ‘picked up’ and tacked, sometimes finished with an embellishment such as a bow or beading.

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