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Apr 17, 2023

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Strapless wedding dresses are a classic choice that brides love. The simple style is ultra-versatile and can be paired with almost any neckline and silhouette. From romantic strapless, sweetheart dresses, to a timeless strapless ball gown, there are so many styles to choose from. We’re sharing the strapless wedding dress trends you need to know for 2024! 

Strapless Mermaid Wedding Dresses

Strapless mermaid wedding dresses are the perfect choice for brides who are looking to show body on their wedding day. This sexy style hugs your curves, showing off your figure in an elegant and sultry way. Our Jodi designer wedding dress, style 4105 is a simplistically stunning strapless mermaid gown. Perfectly placed seams have an artistic look while contouring the body to emphasize the shape of the mermaid silhouette. The chic strapless neckline adds to the modern look of the gown, with a draped surplice detail to help the illusion of a more narrow waist. If you’re looking for a strapless mermaid wedding dress that feels more romantic, then check out Jemma, style 15008. The gorgeous gown features a modified sweetheart neckline, with a strapless design, on a drop waist bodice that elongates the body. A sheer, draped detail helps to create an hourglass silhouette, but it’s the intricate frosted, medallion embroidery that takes our breath away. Our curvy brides can rock a strapless mermaid wedding dress too! Hillary, style 3380 is an over-the-top mermaid with a strapless, soft sweetheart neckline and drop waistline—elongating your figure and hugging your curves. Delicately beaded, frosted embroidered appliqués are romantic, but the wow factor comes from the ruffled tulle skirt.

Strapless Fitted Wedding Dresses

If you don’t love the look of a mermaid silhouette but still want a fitted wedding dress with a strapless neckline, we’ve got you covered. Silhouettes like sheaths, also known as column dresses, and fit and flares can have a more relaxed look than a mermaid gown, while still being fitted to the body. A sheath has a more straight, or column-like look, gliding down the body without any flare at the skirt. A fit and flare silhouette fits tight throughout the bodice and flares out at the skirt—as the name suggests—but tends to have a softer look than a mermaid. Our Eva wedding dress, style 12131 is a strapless fitted wedding dress with a minimalist flair. The soft satin fabric is chic with an artful drape that guides your eye downward. The straight, strapless neckline enhances the modern look of the dress, paired with the timeless touch of buttons down to the hem. Jolie, style 15004 is another cool and contemporary strapless fitted wedding dress. The figure-hugging fit and flare has a sheer corset bodice designed with frosted embroidered lace over Chantilly lace. The soft strapless neckline has a delicate drape detail and the crepe skirt is a stunning contrast to the romantic bodice. 

Strapless Wedding Dress with Sleeves

Sometimes a bride needs options. She wants a strapless wedding dress, but also one with sleeves. While it may seem impossible, with detachable sleeves you can have two looks in one! Whether you love a traditional long sleeve, a dreamy draped sleeve, or whimsical bishop sleeves, detachable sleeves give you the versatility you want out of a strapless wedding dress with sleeves. Our Dauphine wedding dress, style 2401 is a romantic choice with decadent frosted embroidered appliqués decorating the fit and flare silhouette. The corsetted bodice offer structure and support with a classic strapless sweetheart neckline. Transform the look with detachable illusion long sleeves or wear it as a stunning strapless style. Our Jeanette wedding dress, style 2523 is a billowing boho style that gives our brides options. The effortless A-line features botanical-inspired embroidered lace cascading down from the strapless bodice with peek-a-boo detail. This dress gives you not one, but two detachable sleeve options with a dreamy draped off-the-shoulder sleeves or bishop sleeves that add some whimsy to the dress. 

Strapless Plus Size Wedding Dresses

There may be plus size brides who feel they can’t wear a strapless wedding dress, but we say otherwise. At Morilee, we put a big emphasis on the internal construction of our gowns, using corsetry and boning to give you shape, structure, and support so that our curvier brides can rock a strapless plus size wedding dress. A dress like Hope, style 3378 is equal parts romantic and sexy. The mermaid silhouette hugs your figure with a strapless sweetheart bodice featuring Alençon lace appliqués. If you’re a little unsure of the strapless style, you could always pair the dress with detachable sleeves, but we love how the strapless sweetheart has a subtle plunge, enhancing the curves of our brides. If you’re looking for a fairytale wedding dress, meet Giada, style 3368. The flowing A-line glitters in sparkle tulle with stunning crystal beaded, three-dimensional floral embroidered appliqués cascading down the dress. The corset bodice gives you structure and support with a romantic strapless, sweetheart bodice. 

Satin Strapless Wedding dresses

A satin strapless wedding dress has such a classic feel. The luxe fabric has a beautiful structure and delicate luminosity that will have you glowing on your big day. Satin fabric is considered traditional for wedding dresses and can be quite supportive, lending itself to the strapless style. Our Jayla designer wedding dress, style 15011 is a chic and modern satin strapless gown that is architecturally inspired. The luminous satin fabric features an asymmetric drape, creating clean lines and elvating the simplistic gown. The strapless neckline is a classic touch and matching draped sleeves give you versatility. Our Erin designer wedding dress, style 12133 is an absolute dream, glowing in lustrous Larissa satin. The gown feels both timeless and contemporary with a strapless sweetheart neckline on a surplice bodice that cinches you in and enhances the flare of the A-line skirt. The daringly high slit feels sultry while the satin fabric keeps it feeling like a classic bridal look.

Strapless Ball Gown Wedding Dresses 

A ball gown wedding dress is a silhouette that brides everywhere choose to feel like a princess on their big day. Pair it with the elegant look of a strapless neckline and we’re head over heels. Strapless ball gown wedding dresses have been a staple dress in bridal for yours. The full silhouette is grand, balanced by the cool and clean look of a strapless neckline. Joyce, style 15010 is a beautiful strapless ball gown wedding dress that is both understated and over-the-top. The ball gown silhouette is sleek and chic in box-pleated satin with a draped asymmetric bodice that cinches your waist. The strapless sweetheart neckline is encrusted in glamorous pearl and crystal beading for a sparkling look that will set you apart on your wedding day. If you really want to bring the drama, then look no further than our Josefina designer wedding dress, style 4119. This voluminous ball gown features a delicately draped bodice with a romantic strapless sweetheart neckline. The ruffled tulle skirt creates fabulous texture with a subtle swirling floral motif that will leave guests gasping as you walk down the aisle. A matching tie-back stole gives you the versatility to play with the neckline and sleeve options. 

Strapless Lace Wedding Dresses

For a truly timeless look, we couldn’t think of a better style than a strapless lace wedding dress. Lace fabric has been a longtime bridal favorite, from delicate appliqué details to allover lace gowns. With so many different weaves and styles of lace, it’s easy to find a strapless lace dress that you’ll love! Our Janice designer wedding dress, style 2512 is a classic lace wedding dress in a soft ball gown silhouette and romantic strapless sweetheart neckline. The drop waist gives you a lengthened look and the delicate crystal beaded, embroidered lace appliqués add to the beauty of the gown. Our curvy brides can look stunning in a strapless lace dress too! Gaia, style 3365 is a sultry fit and flare with frosted medallion lace over romantic Chantilly lace. The strapless sweetheart neckline helps to enhance your curves and we love the sheer petal train. Our Serena wedding dress, style 2143 is a timeless lace wedding dress in a figure-hugging fit and flare silhouette and classic strapless sweetheart neckline. Intricate Alençon lace looks lovely with a lace trim accent that sculpts the body down to the grand, sheer petal train.

A-line Strapless Wedding Dresses

A-line wedding dresses are one of the most popular bridal silhouettes, with their fitted bodice and flared skirt, so it’s no surprise to us that brides everywhere love combining the ultra-flattering silhouette with a strapless neckline. The classic combo is perfect for enhancing a narrow waist and showing off your decolletage. Jamila, style 4109 is a stunning strapless A-line wedding dress featuring a corset bodice with artfully placed boning and a romantic strapless sweetheart neckline. The tulle skirt has a beautiful flare, accented by embroidered floral appliqué and horsehair trim to add more texture to the skirt. If you’re looking for a strapless A-line that feels like it came right out of a fairytale, then meet Filomena, style 6979. The whimsical A-line has a structured, boned bodice with a strapless scoop neckline designed with crystal beaded, three-dimensional lace. The basque waistline helps emphasize the narrow waist of the A-line silhouette and the sparkle tulle skirt shimmers from all angles. For our trendsetter brides, our Jolene wedding dress, style 4108 is the gown for you. The slim A-line has a sleek satin skirt with a front slit for a modern and sultry touch. The strapless sweetheart bodice feels romantic with gorgeous crystal beaded, floral lace appliqués over sparkling glitter net. 

Strapless Wedding Dress Silhouette FAQs

What is considered a strapless wedding dress?

A strapless wedding dress is as the name suggests, a gown without any straps or visible support to keep the bodice around the upper body. With strapless gowns, you’ll usually have an internal corset or some kind of support to help maintain the tightness of the bodice so there’s no slipping or falling. First appearing in the 1930s, strapless dresses started to gain popularity in the 40s with designers like Christian Dior embracing the neckline. Despite coming into fashion decades ago, strapless wedding dresses are still in style! Strapless wedding dresses are popular for their classic look and versatility. With strapless styles available in a variety of necklines, like a clean and modern straight neckline or a romantic sweetheart neckline, you can find the perfect strapless wedding dress to suit you.

Why do brides wear strapless dresses?

Brides choose to wear strapless wedding dresses for their clean and classic look. The popular style can be paired with many necklines and silhouettes, which makes it a versatile choice for brides of all shapes and sizes. Whether you like the modern look of a straight strapless neckline or something more unique like a strapless scoop, a strapless wedding dress style will look good on you! If you’re worried that your body type wouldn’t suit a strapless wedding dress, we’re here to prove you wrong. If you’re a bride with a smaller bust or more athletic build a strapless sweetheart neckline can help give the illusion of more curves or enhance what you’ve got. A strapless neckline with a plunge is a great option for brides with broader shoulders. The long v-shape of the plunge draws the eyes down and in, minimizing your shoulders. Even our curvy brides look great in this style! A strapless neckline paired with the ultra-flattering A-line silhouette will help to give you the look of a narrow waist. Our bustier brides may be worried about not getting enough support from a strapless wedding dress. We’re here to tell you that Morilee focuses on the internal construction of our wedding gowns so that strapless styles fit tight to the body and offer you the support you need. You want the bodice of your strapless dress to fit snugly, so that there’s no chance of it falling down, but certainly not so tight that it’s hard to breathe. If you’re worried about the tightness of your strapless wedding dress, consider one with a lace-up corset back. This way you can alter the fit of the strapless bodice to your preference. Wearing the proper underwear for strapless wedding dresses can also help give you the perfect look and fit.

What is a sleeveless vs strapless dress?

Some brides might be confused about the difference between a sleeveless dress and a strapless dress, so we’re here to set you straight. As we mentioned before, a strapless wedding dress is one without any type of strap or visible support to keep your bodice around the body. Sleeveless, on the other hand, is a dress without any kind of sleeve—meaning they do have straps to keep the dress up around your torso. Whether they are thick straps, spaghetti straps, a halter neck style, or a wide bateau neck, any dress with fabric connecting the front and back of your gown would be considered sleeveless. You can get the best of both worlds by choosing a dress with detachable sleeves. Detachable sleeves give you the versatility of switching up your wedding day look between a strapless style and one with sleeves. They come in different styles as well. You can have detachable long sleeves, cap sleeves, straps, off-the-shoulder, and more. Even if the sleeves are not detachable, many off-the-shoulder dresses can give you the look of a strapless dress without actually being strapless.

Are strapless wedding dresses appropriate?

If you are wondering whether or not a strapless wedding dress is appropriate, the answer is yes. For most brides wearing a strapless gown is not a problem and is a beautiful look for your wedding day Classic strapless wedding dresses have been a bridal staple for many years, and we can see why. But for those who are having a religious ceremony or prefer a more conservative wedding day look, a strapless wedding dress isn’t for you. If you are getting married in a religious space, where your shoulders need to be covered, but want a strapless dress for your reception, you have options! You can pair elegant strapless dresses with detachable sleeves or bridal jackets to keep you covered for the ceremony. Seasonality and location are also factors in deciding whether or not staples wedding dresses are appropriate. We would definitely recommend a strapless gown for a summer or beach wedding. Perfectly suited for warm weather, strapless beach wedding dresses will keep you cool and comfortable. 

How do you keep a strapless wedding dress from falling down?

After all this, there may still be brides wondering “Do strapless wedding dresses stay up?” Well, the best ways to keep your strapless wedding dress from falling down are to focus on the construction of your gown, like ones with internal corsets and boning, and to work closely with your bridal seamstress to make sure the bodice fits you perfectly! Morilee puts an emphasis on the internal construction of our gowns, made to offer you the ideal amount of structure and support to keep dresses of all necklines and silhouettes from moving around, especially strapless wedding dresses. For our larger busted brides, you may be concerned if this style is supportive enough for you. The answer is yes! With a variety of cup sizes that can be added to our gowns, you can also have your seamstress add any necessary boning, which will add extra support to your gown. You can also consider wearing a corset underneath your dress if the one you chose doesn’t have one built in. 

Should I wear my hair up or down with a strapless wedding dress?

How you wear your hair with your strapless wedding dress is all dependent on personal preference, as well as your hair length and texture. There is no one hairstyle that best suits a strapless neckline, but we can make some recommendations on hairstyles for a strapless wedding dress depending on what features you want to show off. If you’re looking to show off your decolletage and shoulders in your strapless gown, then we would say go for an updo! A classic chignon is always an elegant choice, but a slick back bun or a cool low pony is also a beautiful and more modern choice for an updo. If you wear your hair down you create a lovely frame to show off your neck and cleavage. Hollywood waves are a timeless choice and we love the sleek and straight look. For women with short hair try rocking a piecey bob or consider accessorizing your short hair with a headband, bridal barrettes, or even something funky like feathers! Brides with curly or coiled hair could consider hairstyles that embrace their natural hair texture with styles like locs, braids, or even a stunning afro!

What to wear with your strapless wedding dress?

Not sure what to wear with your strapless wedding dress? Starting with undergarments, we would recommend a strapless bra, corset, or shapewear that makes you feel most comfortable if you’re gown does not come with a built-in corset. There are a variety of strapless bras for wedding dresses to choose from. When it comes to accessorizing your gown a classic pair of earrings is our favorite choice! Whether you pick a diamond stud, elegant pearls, or even a funky drop earring, earrings will help to create a beautiful picture with your strapless wedding dress. If you want to wear a necklace with your strapless gown a dainty choker works beautifully. A choker at the base of your neck helps to highlight your collarbones and a small stone accent could be the perfect pop of sparkle you need! 

Beautiful Strapless Wedding Dresses Near Your

If you’re ready to shop for your designer strapless wedding dress, visit one of our amazing retailers to find your dream dress!