The Wedding Scoop Spotlight: Sexy Wedding Dresses

Sweetheart necklines and princess ball gowns not quite the stuff of your wedding fashion dreams? Ladies, we hear you and so does Emily from Paper Tiger Press who, in this second installment of unique and beautiful wedding dresses, takes a look at some elegantly sexy alternatives. 

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Dress by Berta Bridal via Wedding Inspirasi.

Show some skin
I'm going to preface this segment with the following advice: "keep it classy". There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel like a total goddess on your wedding day, but you also don't want to give your future in-laws cause for concern. The easiest way to walk the line on this one is to draw the focus to one area. For example, a low back on an otherwise conservative gown is going to be a show-stopper. Conversely, a backless dress with a plunging neckline, crotch-high slits *and* cutouts is probably going to induce a fair bit of pearl clutching in most crowds.

1. Lace
Lace is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to balancing sexy with ceremony-appropriate. It's is so strongly associated with wedding gowns that it kind of gets a free pass no matter how you decide to wear it: layered it over semi-opaque materials for a more conservative look, over nude lining, or right against your skin. 

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Dress by Jenny Packham via Elizabeth Anne Designs.

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Dress by J'Aton Couture via Aisle Perfect.

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This Singapore bride wears a dress by Inbal Dror via The Wedding Scoop.

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Dress by Rivini via The Knot.

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Dress by Berta Bridal.

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Dress by Rosa Clara.

 

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Dress by Rhea Costa.

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Dress by Inbal Dror.

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Dress by Berta Bridal.

2. Low Backs
Gowns with low backs or backless gowns are a great way to reveal a little skin whilst still being appropriately demure. Backless gowns are best paired with a plainer front to really draw attention to that one area for heightened visual impact.

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Dress by Hayley Paige via Belle The Magazine.

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Dress by Julie Vino via AFD.

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Dress by Amsale via Inspired by This.

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Dress by Katie May via Bridal Musings

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Dress made by the bride via The Wedding Scoop

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Dress by Blush by Hayley Paige

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Dress by Lihi Hod via Burnett's Boards.

3. Figure-Hugging
Figure-hugging gowns are sexy options for brides too. Dying to show some real skin? A form-fitting dress with a keyhole or low back is a great way to do it. 

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Dress by Inbal Dror via Helen Rodrigues.

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Dress by Love, Yu (Singapore-based) via The Wedding Scoop.

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Dress by Zahavit Tshuba via Bridal Musings.

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Dress by Nacho Aguayo via The Wedding Scoop

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Dress by Berta Bridal.

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 Dress by Monique Lhuillier via Style Me Pretty

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Dress by Miosa Couture via Colin Cowie Weddings.

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Dress by Johanna Johnson via Colin Cowie Weddings.

4. Illusion Panels
When it comes to sexy, illusion panels are a great choice. Even when they aren't obscuring anything you wouldn't show (like a sheer, high neckline for what would normally be a strapless dress) they always give you the illusion you're seeing something you shouldn't. Like lace, illusion panels can range from demure to downright sultry depending on how they're worn.

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Dress by Miosa Couture via Wedding Wire.

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Dress by Anna Georgina via Bridal Musings.

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Dress by Veluz Bride.

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Dress by Claire Pettibone via Style Me Pretty.

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Dress by Berta Bridal via Wedding Wire.

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Dress by Seamstress Kim (Singapore-based) via The Wedding Scoop.  

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Dress by Ines Di Santo via Brides Magazine

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Dress by Mira Zwillinger via Love My Dress.

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Dress custom designed by the bride via Matthew Morgan Photography

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Dress by Alta Costura by Khai Villanueva via The Wedding Scoop

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Dress by Monique Lhuillier via Style Me Pretty.

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Dress by Sarah Seven via Style Me Pretty.

5. Slits
If you've got great legs, look for a gown with a slit. Not only is there nothing more sultry than a flash of leg when you least expect it, but you won't have to worry about your movements being restricted at any point in the day. The beauty of slit dresses is that they tend to have amazing flow, sweeping around you as you walk or dance and creating some pretty fabulous photo ops.

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Dress by Yasmine Yeya Couture via Timeless Wedding Designs.

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Dress by Yasmine Yeya Couture via Timeless Wedding Designs.

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Dress by Julie Vino via Wedding Inspirasi.

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Dress by Time Taken To Make A Dress(Singapore-based) via The Wedding Scoop.

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Dress by Yaki Ravid via Belle The Magazine

Whatever you do decide to flaunt, remember: the best accessory you can pair your gown with is confidence. Work it! 

 

{Read the first of Emily's four-part installation on unique and beautiful wedding gowns here.}

 

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About Emily

emily loke

Emily Loke founded Paper Tiger Press in 2009 after noticing a lack of fine personal and event stationery in the Singapore market. Since then, it has been her mission to revitalize the wedding invitation industry by employing traditional artisan craft techniques to create her signature stately, multi-card invitation suites. Emily’s chic designs have appeared in top-tier publications such as Style Weddings, The Peak, Prestige Weddings, Singapore Tatler, Her World Brides, and the Business Times.