BRIDAL GURU / May 15, 2023
MODERN AND VINTAGE LACE WEDDING GOWN STYLES THAT WE LOVE
You’re engaged! Congratulations! What an exciting time it must be for you! And picking a wedding dress is definitely the best part!
On a lookout for lace wedding gown styles? We totally love your taste! Lace is one of those fabrics that scream "bride." It's romantic, whimsical, and elegant—which is why many of us save it for special occasions like weddings!
Because it's a popular fabric for wedding gowns, there are many styles to choose from. But don't stress! Whether you're looking for modern or vintage lace wedding gown styles, we're here to help you whittle down the options.
Six Lace Wedding Gown Styles for All Tastes
Brides come in all shapes and sizes—and so do their styles and tastes! Take a look at these six lace wedding gown styles to find the one that'll make you look and feel your best.
1. Modern: A-line gown with glitter netting and detachable sleeves
This modern lace wedding gown style creates a dreamy look we never knew we needed!
Let's first talk about silhouettes: the A-line silhouette has been a go-to shape for years. Why? Because it flatters all body types! It cinches the waist and flares out to emphasize your hourglass shape. Any woman would feel like a princess in an A-line dress.
Here's where this princess-inspired lace dress gets a little more modern: the neckline. The sleeveless sweetheart neckline deviates from a traditional rounded shape, giving us something more angular. Geometric shapes are very typical of contemporary fashion. While puff sleeves may seem vintage, this detachable mesh version also proves that old styles can become anew. (So chic!)
Get the look: GL3015 3-D Flower Embellished Glitter Netting A-line Dress w/ Detached Long Sleeves
2. Vintage: Trumpet gown with illusion sweetheart neckline
For the ladies who want to see vintage lace wedding gown options, this dress is a must-see!
Head-to-toe lace in a delicate floral design gives us a very timeless bridal look. And so does this dress' neckline! High necklines were popular in the 1950s. We love that this one is sheer so you can see an illusion sweetheart neckline underneath. Romantic, yet modest!
In the 1950s, women's fashion was all about highlighting the hourglass shape. Trumpet and mermaid dresses will definitely hug your curves! However, trumpet silhouettes are more subtle and roomier. If comfort is important, this is a great option.
Your hair and accessories also play an essential role in creating a vintage-inspired look. Complement your vintage lace wedding gown with a string of pearls and your hair curled towards your face.
Get the look: GL1514 Lace Illusion Sweetheart Mermaid Long Dress with Deep V-Back
3. Modern: A-line gown with cut-away shoulders and skirt slit
This lace wedding gown style is for the ladies who want a non-traditional look—without sacrificing this beautiful fabric. (Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too!)
The lace bodice and inner skirt give off romantic energy—which we all want on our wedding day, of course. But this number also has a sultry side, thanks to its high slit in the skirt and cut-away shoulders.
We also love its A-line mesh layer on top of the mermaid skirt. You can show off your figure and add volume to your dress. Ready to make your dramatic entrance? We sure are!
Get the look: GL1946 Sweethearted Embroidered Spaghetti Strap Wedding Gown w/ Lace Lining
4. Vintage: Mermaid gown with scoop neck and detachable cape
Looking for a vintage lace wedding gown style that takes your guests way back in time? If "Victorian chic" is a thing, this dress is it!
Vintage lace wedding gown styles are known to offer more coverage than modern options. But this dress' detachable cape and scoop neckline prove that you can still show off your curves. How? Sheer fabric. It makes this look classy, elegant, and flattering.
It's important to note though, if you wear a cape, you should choose a dress with a tighter silhouette, like mermaid or trumpet. Otherwise, you may be working with too much fabric—even if it's sheer.
Get the look: GL1918 Illusion Sweethearted Embroidered Lace Wedding Gown w/ Detachable Cape
5. Modern: Mermaid gown with illusion V-neck and sheer skirt
Loving all this talk about sheer fabric—but want to see a modern option? This lace wedding gown style shows how illusion necklines and sheer fabrics are used in contemporary bridal fashion.
First, let's talk about its deep-V illusion neckline. The sheer material helps keep the bodice in place, but doesn't add as much coverage as a vintage-inspired neckline. If you prefer a lower neckline, this dress offers the best of both worlds. You can dance the night away while feeling secure.
The same thing goes for the skirt: its sheer asymmetrical cut creates the look of a mini dress—but gives your legs full coverage. Talk about making a statement!
Get the look: GL2249 Illusion Cut-Out Lace Long Dress
6. Vintage: Mermaid gown with organza skirt and cap sleeves
This final vintage lace wedding gown style looks oh-so regal. We could see a royal family member rocking this dress in the past—or in the years to come.
Cap sleeves are a staple in vintage royal outfits—and many modern royals are bringing them back, like Kate Middleton. Because they make your shoulders appear slightly wider, they help balance proportions and accentuate a slimmer waist. With a mermaid silhouette, this fires up that hourglass figure.
Organza was a very popular fabric in the past for its ability to be lightweight, while providing more volume and structure than other sheer fabrics. Now, this is a fashion hack we need for more modern-day brides!
Get the look: GL2367 Lace Embellished Mermaid Style Wedding Dress
Let's Find You the Wedding Gown of Your Dreams
Whether you decide it's a lace wedding gown style—or something else—we want to help you find the perfect outfit for your special day. Take a peek at these blogs for more dress inspo:
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