20 daring and wearable sheer wedding dresses
by Emily Westbrooks

 Photo by Brandon Kidd via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Brandon Kidd via Style Me Pretty

I can't say I wore a particularly daring dress to my own wedding, but my grandmother was making my dress, so it was all I could do to keep her from adding sleeves and a turtleneck! But I love the sheer and faux-sheer trend in dresses lately. They allow for feminine, romantic details, without being too revealing. Well, in some cases they're a little revealing!

Sheer wedding dresses can be a little tricky to pull off. There's a fine line between a little daring and a little risque. A few tips to help keep you on the right side of that line. First, consider your own style. If you're not the type to bare any skin in your regular wardrobe, baring all on your wedding day might be a shock, both for you and your guests. Second, make sure you're comfortable in it. Remember you're going to be moving and dancing and hugging guests, so you don't want to be worrying about whether you're too revealed!

Illusion necklines were reserved for ice dancers until a few years ago, and we're so glad they're making a come back. They allow for the beautiful and romantic look of sheer dresses without being too bare.

Let's look at twenty of the most stunning and, in some cases, daring wedding dresses we're loving at the moment.

Sheer Bodice

A sheer bodice can add instant elegance to a strapless dress, giving you a little more coverage, or it can create head down the road to downright sexy, impressing your man on your big day!

 Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Photo by Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

Dress: Grace by Monique Lhuillier

 Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Whitney Kruzfeldt via Style Me Pretty

 Photo by Greg Lewis via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Greg Lewis via Style Me Pretty

 Photo by Kikitography via  Fly Away Bride

Photo by Kikitography via Fly Away Bride

Dress: Inbal Dror Dress 13.5

Sheer Back

Sheer backs on wedding gowns are simply so sexy. We love that the options range between ultra-sexy to more conservative. For more backless gowns, see our post right here!

 Photo by Sawyer Baird via  Style Me Pretty

Photo by Sawyer Baird via Style Me Pretty

 Photo by Amsale

Photo by Amsale

 Photo by Jose Villa via  Once Wed

Photo by Jose Villa via Once Wed

Dress: Claire Pettibone

 Photo by Epic Love Photography via  One Fab Day

Photo by Epic Love Photography via One Fab Day

Dress: David's Bridal

 Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via  Ruffled Blog

Photo by Fondly Forever Photography via Ruffled Blog

Dress: BHLDN

Cutouts

Cutouts are another trend we can absolutely get behind. Little unexpected peeks of skin that add so much interest or texture to your gown.

 Photo by Hannah Thomson via  Vogue

Photo by Hannah Thomson via Vogue

Dress: Mara Hoffman

 Photo by Lela Rose via  Brides

Photo by Lela Rose via Brides

 Photo by Mama Photography via  Myday

Photo by Mama Photography via Myday

 Photo by  BHLDN

Photo by BHLDN

 

Daring sheer nude dresses

Want to go big style-wise? Then the newest and boldest trend in sheer wedding dresses is for you: the nude lace dress! These pretty gowns are anything but traditional, and sure to drop jaws and turn heads on the big day.

 Photo by  The Lane

Photo by The Lane

Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!