Summer wedding fashion: Do you dare to go sheer?

Sheer wedding gowns are a top trend for summer, with the recent nuptials of Sofia Richie – the model daughter of singer Lionel Richie wore three couture gowns, one of which was a beaded design with a sheer skirt – cementing the style as a bridalwear favourite of 2023. Here we explore why and how to pull off this daring look in a chic, stylish way.

What is the sheer wedding dress trend?

A sheer wedding gown is often described as an ‘illusion dress’. The design uses see-through fabrics to create a barely-there look that ensures a subtly sexy style for the brides of today.

The sheer aspect of these designs can be incorporated into any part of the gown, with the bodice, neckline, skirt, and long or short sleeves able to use sheer touches. Adorned with just the right level of embellishment, sheer designs provide an elegant and on-trend bridal look that can be as romantic and modest or sexy and sophisticated as you like.

Why choose a sheer bridal gown?

A sheer wedding look isn’t for the faint hearted. Daring to opt for a dress that is barely-there is a bold move, but if you have the confidence to pull it off, it’s an iconic and truly captivating look that will up the fashion stakes of your upcoming wedding.

Thankfully, like many on trend or timeless wedding styles, there are countless sheer designs to choose from. This means you’re certain to find an illusion look that suits your personal style, wedding theme and budget.

For summer weddings in particular, the sheer look is the perfect choice. Illusion wedding dresses after all provide a style that’s not only chic but super cool – in more ways than one!

How long will the sheer look stay on trend?

The sheer trend isn’t going anywhere fast. Sheer wedding dresses were even seen in the spring 2024 collections that debuted at New York Bridal Fashion Week recently, confirming their status as a top trend for not just this year’s brides but next year’s too.

It’s not just the trendiest wedding gowns that are going sheer either as Stillwhite details:

“Get ready modern bridal babes – we have a barely there bridal outerwear trend that you are going to love. The addition of bridal coats and capes has taken off in the past few years. But now we are seeing more sheer styles than ever. For a barely there accent that we know all of our contemporary brides out there are going to love! Get ready for a whole new take on bridal outerwear!”

One of our favourite sheer bridal capes is from British designer Catherine Deane, a bridalwear creator who puts inclusivity and sustainability first. Her Stardust Cape is the perfect way to accessorise a more minimalist gown, whilst embracing the sheer trend in the most magical way.

Whether going sheer with your accessories or with your wedding gown, renting from one of these top UK-based wedding dress rental companies is an excellent choice for so many reasons. Your sheer wedding gown could even be your ‘something borrowed’!

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