You CAN balance glamour, sexiness, & bridal!
Brides today have so many options when it comes to their wedding dress silhouette! One trend that I have been loving recently is the lace mermaid dress, because it lets brides show off their shape and at the same time, the lace gives the dress a soft, romantic feel that balances the sexiness of the figure-hugging silhouette. Brides are able to choose how sexy they want this silhouette to be as well. As an example, there is the sheer, hand-placed lace applique bodice for the daring, or the modest sweetheart for the more reserved.
While there are certainly more than 5 amazing lace mermaid wedding dresses, we’ve focused ones that offer a little bit of everything in a range of price points, because every bride deserves the chance to wear this show-stopping silhouette!
1. Galia Lahav ‘Augusta’
I still remember the day that I saw my first Galia Lahav wedding dress on Pinterest. It was an incredibly beautiful woman in a figure-hugging dress, turned just enough that the camera captured every curve perfectly! The soft Chantilly lace allowed the dress to fit closely and the dramatic train that extended behind her was made of layers of soft tulle. It is true that not every bride is looking for this silhouette on her wedding day, but those that have the confidence and a certain je ne c’est quoi to pull off this look deserve kudos! Galia Lahav offers a lot of amazing dresses in the mermaid silhouette; you can view the entire collection here: http://www.galialahav.com/. Their Fall 2015 bridal collection recently debuted in New York as well! Click here to see it.
2. Sophia Tolli ‘Leigh’
This dress by Sophia Tolli is proof that intricate and beautiful dresses need not cost a fortune. In fact, this dress is one of the 15 mermaid dresses under $2000 available in Canada! You can see the rest of the list, including 4 other great lace gowns, by clicking here.The V-neckline and beaded lace make a dramatic and elegant combination. The dress also provides more structure than dress no. 1, which means that you would not need to be as conscious of your posture in this style.
3. Vera Wang ‘Lillian’
A layered skirt can be a great way to add drama to mermaid dress. The horsehair edges on this Vera Wang dress give the skirt added dimension and a modern twist to classic lace. The clean bodice balances the textured skirt perfectly and allows the eye to travel upward to a winning smile as you walk towards your groom. Not everyone can have Vera Wang’s signature collection on their wedding day, but her White by Vera Wang collection at David’s Bridal has certainly made her amazing designs more accessible!
4. Watters Brides ‘Cinzia’
Cinzia by Watters Brides plays with colour and silhouette for a feminine and sexy look. The hand-placed lace creates an interesting pattern and elongates since it draws the eye up vertically. There is something very appealing about a V-neckline and a mermaid sheath, don’t you think? Canadian brides can find Watters retailers by clicking here.
4. Allure Bridals ‘8970’
8970 by Allure Bridals balances bombshell and bride beautifully! The shapely silhouette and deep sweetheart neckline fit every curve and the skirt has some added movement, which provides softness and drama. The back of this dress deserves mention as well, with its dramatic low back and beautiful chapel train.
Feeling ready to try on this fabulous silhouette? Remember to always try mermaid dresses in heels (if you are planning to wear them) because every inch at the bottom counts when the dress flares so close to the hem. For form-fitting gowns like Galia Lahav’s Augusta & Watters Brides Cinzia, you might consider wearing a shaper (like Spanx) underneath as well, which will act like an extra layer of structure. It can be best to look for one with straps and a low back since so many dresses in this style have such daringly low backs!
It wasn’t easy choosing 5 lace mermaid dresses for this article because there are so many amazing dresses in the style. We’ve found a few great Pinterest boards so that you can continue browsing to your heart’s content!
For dresses similar to dress no. 1 (Galia Lahav Augusta) & no 4. (Watters Brides Cinzia), click here.
For dresses similar to dress no. 3 (Vera Wang Lillian), click here.
For dresses similar to dress no. 5 (Allure Bridal 8970), click here.