Lace is an iconic, lasting staple in the world of wedding dresses, which means we're not all that surprised when we see a lacy little number or hear of brides rocking the fabric on their big day. But recently, designers are finding some fabulous ways to revitalize the look, adding lace appliqués and overlays to everything from sophisticated dresses and boho-chic gowns to edgier crop-top combos. So, don't cast off this tried-and-true textile just yet, since it might be exactly what your wedding needs, whether you're getting married at City Hall or in a big ol' ballroom. Here are 11 lovely lace looks that will totally steal your heart — and convince you that this feminine fabric is perfect for your walk down the aisle.
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This sweet dress is perfect for a warm-weather soiree. It's a bit playful thanks to the lace overlay, but refined with a simple silhouette.
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Lace cut-outs are so in right now thanks to the likes of Kim Kardashian. So, embrace the trend and rock this deco-inspired dress on your big day. It's a figure-flattering, fashion-forward gown that's just right for a posh bride-to-be, with pops of lace adding a level of intrigue to the elegant design.
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Do you consider yourself to be oh-so-classic? Then this is the dress for you. The sweetheart neckline and sheer ivory lace sleeves are chic but not showy, the plunging back makes a statement without being too bold, and the delicate skirt is totally timeless. Add a sparkly sash for an extra bit of flair.
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For just a touch of lace, check out this dreamy nude dress. The bottom is soft and ethereal thanks to some flowy tulle, but the top is structured with a unique textured lace. And, while the sweetheart neckline and invisible mesh of the front are sure to wow your guests, it's the semi-sheer back of this beauty that will have them talking for months to come.
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Between the exposed back, the illusion neckline, and the flowing design, this short-sleeve sheath was made for modern brides. But, the best part? The lacey, subtle cutouts at the waist that add a bit of drama.
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This skirt and crop top combo is not for the faint of heart. If you want to make a statement on your big day, this look will definitely help you do just that. The cascading skirt involves some Chantilly lace over a blue silk lining (cross that "something blue" off your to-do list) and the top is a sheer piece that will require you to pick up a cute white bra that you don't mind grandma seeing.
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This gown is a little bit sexy and a little bit sophisticated. The 57-inch train and classic lace pattern add a traditional touch, while the neckline and barely-there back bring in a bride's sultry side.
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Rime Arodaky is the designer behind this fresh and feminine ensemble. The top is a lace and crepe standout that's both fun and flirty, while the ivory skirt is flattering on your waistline.
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You definitely went to Coachella last weekend, didn't you? Well, allow us to introduce you to this understated dress, which is made from crocheted lace. Now this is how you bring that bohemian vibe to your big day. The peek-a-boo back and mini train certainly keep things looking laid-back.
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This tea-length dress is all business up front, but a total party in the back (hello there, cut-outs). So, if you're hoping to put a twist on the traditional without straying too far from the tried and true, this dress will definitely do the trick.