Illusion Neckline Bridesmaid Dresses

When Marilyn Monroe infamously sang “Happy Birthday” to president Kennedy, her nude colored sparkling illusion dress was described as nothing but “skin and beads.” From Rhinana and her memorably daring look for the 2014 Fashion Designers of America awards in New York, to the glitzy jumpsuit Rumer Willis wore on Dancing with the Stars, Illusion looks can be risqué, creating the look of gemstones floating on skin, or subdued, in colored sheer fabric without embellishment.

Blurring the line between sexy and sophisticated, illusion neckline dresses combines a strapless bodice with a sheer overlay which extends from the bustline to the neckline or collar. Perfect for formal events where you don’t want to look provocative, the illusion neckline dress creates a nice balance.

For example; a sheer mesh topper attached to a strapless neckline provides just the right amount of modesty for the Alfred Sung D694 illusion neckline bridesmaid dress, with its classic A-line silhouette reaching knee length, and also on its sister style the D695, in a floor-length version.

An elegant compromise between strapless and sleeveless, the Bill Levkoff 1147 is an example of illusion neckline bridesmaid dresses of sheer chiffon that matches the color of the gowns, with its sweetheart bodice visible beneath. Turn around and the back of the dress is an illusion as well, with a slice of skin peeking out from a keyhole slit.

Another beautiful example of a long bridesmaid dress with an illusion neckline is the Angelina Faccenda 20451, ruched through the bodice, and criss-crossing the bust in a surplice design with a illusion scoop neckline on top and keyhole slit in the back.

Subtlety sexy, illusion neckline bridesmaid dresses are a beautiful alternative to going strapless, both modest and alluring, the best of both worlds, creating the look of a deeper neckline or in some cases bare shoulders without all the bare skin. For the warmer months, bridesmaid dresses with illusion necklines will keep you covered without the constricting feeling of feeling heavy fabric.