Most brides dream of walking down the aisle in a dazzling white dress. But for some, the traditional style of a corset and billowing skirts with a long train flowing behind it isn’t for them. A sleek wedding dress is definitely a pared back and stylish choice – plus it can be more comfortable to wear and a lot easier to slip into (sparing a lot of stress come the morning of the wedding trying to lace up a corset!).
Obviously there’s nothing wrong at all with a ball gown – this type of wedding dress is a real showstopper and if you want your Grace Kelly or Jackie O moment on your big day, then go for it! But if you’re less interested in being a fairytale bride then a slinky dress may be just what you’re after.
A sleek, fitted dress will also allow you to get more wear out of your wedding gown – after all if you’re spending a large amount of money on a dress, you might want something you can wear again for other occasions. For example, all you can wear an elegant lace dress or tea dress to award ceremonies, garden parties and other people’s weddings, which you can’t really do in a full-length ball gown! Some people even choose to dye their dresses a different colour afterwards to avoid them looking too bridal when they wear them again (and swerve the faux pas of wearing white at another person’s wedding!).
Involving less fabric, a slinky dress is also more comfortable for the bride to move around in all day which can help you feel more relaxed if you’re busy mingling, dancing or being photographed. It’s also a no-brainer if you’re having a summer wedding – especially if it’s a beach wedding – and don’t want to be sweating under layers of fabric.
With that in mind, we’ve picked our favourite slinky wedding dresses to get married in.
A sleek wedding dress can be just as head-turning as a full-length gown – this design features a statement bow for maximum impact. Orbit, Provonovias, £POA
The high-neck and lace detail on this chic Aire Barcelona gown will flatter smaller busts. £POA.
Beautiful lace sleeves lend a vintage vibe to this Beba’s design. £POA.
This Carlo Pignatelle ensemble with tuxedo jacket is timelessly elegant and ideal for brides who don’t want to look too ‘girly’. £POA.
If you’re tall and willowy, show off your figure in head-to-toe lace like this Flora number. £POA.
For brides who don’t want anything too ‘fussy’, less is more with this clean and classic Isabel Sanchis gown. £POA.
The delicate beading on this Jenny Packham dress offers a sleek alternative to lace and ruffles. Joy Gown, £POA.
If you like to show off your back – this Jesus Piero gown is the perfect dress to do so in. £POA.
A plunge neckline and fishtail skirt like this Maggie Sottero design will show off an hourglass figure to its finest. Aidan, £POA.
Boho brides opting for a festival theme will love the loose silhouette of this Rembo Styling gown. £POA.
How beautiful are these Edwardian-style sleeves on this Rosa Clará design? £POA.
If covering up isn’t your usual style, why should your wedding day be any different? This racy, sheer Yolancris gown is an absolute knockout. £POA.
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