After our brides choose their wedding dress, we love to see how they are going to style their gowns with accessories to add their personal touch. Accessories are key to making the gown completely your own! Backless and low back wedding dresses have completely stolen our attention (and everyone else's it seems like), there is no denying what a beautiful statement these gowns make. Once brides have been measured and we've placed their orders we've noticed brides are often confused about what to do next with their gowns. From what undergarments or veil they can wear or how to style their backless wedding dress to best suit their personal and wedding style. To inspire your own wedding day look, Camille styled a few of her favorite backless and low back gowns with beautiful, effortless solutions for adding that extra personal touch with accessories on your wedding day!
Back Drop Head Chains
With such an attention grabbing back like this deep v on Susannah by Johanna Johnson, Camille loved the idea of pairing "Radiant" by Amanda Judge, a head chain with an interesting back dangling design available at our boutiques or online here. The vintage inspiration behind this headpiece style is a perfect fit for the luxe silk of this Johanna Johnson gown. Just like so many of our favorite low back dresses, this style of headpiece is subtle and glamorous from the front and impactful and stylish from the back! This extra back dangling detail really takes a headpiece to the next level, making it a stylish statement for our fashion forward bride. There are a few truly gorgeous options out that, whether you are looking for a more delicate or a more dramatic look. If you can't make it into a Dress Theory boutique don't you worry! Here are a few more of our favorite back detail head chains to help recreate the look in your own way-
Lariat Back Drape Necklaces
Lariat necklaces that fall down a bride's back in a low back gown can be difficult to find, especially ones that are as elegant and stylish as our brides! But finding the perfect one for your gown is worth the effort. The look is incredibly beautiful and unforgettable. Having the lines of the necklace fall down your back also helps break up the openness of a very low back or backless gown for brides that feel like it's too much skin. The necklace can soften the look of the deep back in the most beautiful way. Just like if you have a gown with a deep-v neck or strapless neckline, the right piece of jewelry can be the perfect finishing touch. And one more way to make your wedding dress feel just like you! Plus it's never a bad idea to turn to some of the most fashionable ladies of the red carpet for fashion inspiration! From Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lawerence, we are certain the back necklace really takes their red carpet looks to a whole new level. Unlike many trendy accessories, this style is no trend that will look outdated in your wedding photos in a few years. It's a piece that is incredibly classic and sexy! Audrey Hepburn and Princess Diana were a fan of the look and the perfect proof of the timelessness of this unique way to accessorize a gown. If you don't live in Breakfast at Tiffany's, inside of a royal palace, or on the red carpet your wedding day is a perfect opportunity to sport this look. And with so many beautiful low back or backless option at our boutiques, we'd love to help you find the perfect gown and back drape necklace! And if you do live in a palace or spend your evenings on the red carpet we should totally be friends. Thanks! Here's a few of our favorite options around the web right now (and a fun insider tip, any longer necklace without a lobster clasp or obvious closure can be worn draped down your back or any lariat that you need to tie or not can be too) -
Hairstyles for a Low Back Dress
All photos by Will Vastine for The Dress Theory
If simplicity is more your thing or maybe you just have really fab hair you need to show off (hey when it comes to beautiful hair we are firm believers of "if you got it, flaunt it"), how you choose to style your hair can be a perfect way to highlight the gorgeous back of the dress. Camille asked one of our favorite wedding hair and makeup artists, Amanda Gros, to create a loose and romantic braid. A long, loose braid keeps your hair from hiding the dramatic back, but also softens the look more than a more traditional updo would. We love the idea of the braid letting your back peak through at certain points and completely showing off the back at other times. The combination of the eyelash lace and the messy braid creates a look that is just as sexy as it is soft and elegant. And one that will be completely unforgettable and unique!
Shortly after deciding on a low back gown, brides usually start looking into what kind of undergarments they can wear under their wedding dress. And while this is not as glamorous and fun as other accessories, it's important! We often hear brides mention Spanx. We are not against shapewear on your wedding day for a seamless look if you prefer, but there is no way to wear them under a backless or low back gown! In order to avoid any lines, we recommend everything by Commando. For the top half, great alterations and fine tuning are your best friend. They are essential to a good fit! A qualified seamstress will have recommendations and options she can build into your gown's cups for support and coverage. If you are looking for a little extra something, don't be afraid to try inserts for extra push up.
At last but certainly not least, veils! Don't be afraid of wearing a veil on your wedding day eve with a low back wedding dress. With any detailed dress or interesting back details, we usually recommend a simple cut edge floor length veil. A sheer tulle veil won't hide or takeaway form the back. The longer veils that are at least floor length or longer won't break up the back with extra lines like a shorter fingertip or elbow veil might. Instead of creating extra lines and taking away from the back of your gown, a long simple veil will create a soft frame and that extra special bridal glow. Not to get too cheesy on you! But trust us, it's true. For most of our gowns we recommend keeping your veil simple and light. You might regret not wearing a veil one day but you will never regret wearing a style that's clean and classic. And you only have to wear for a few minutes! Here are a few of our favorite veils -
We hope some of these ideas and tips help inspire your wedding day style plans! Wedding dresses with low backs (or completely backless) are some of our favorites in our boutiques right now, and we hope this post helps any brides feeling intimidated or confused on how to personalize their wedding dresses when it has a unique cut and style. When you've seen so many strapless wedding dresses, sometimes it's hard to know where to begin with accessories once you've found a unique gown!