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Guide: Wedding Dress Back Types

Like the wedding dress silhouette, neckline, and waistline, the back type of your dress is one of the most significant parts of its style. Let's explore different wedding dress back types and see which is best for you!

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Bride Showing off open back dress

Open Back

Open Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You want to show some skin without sacrificing structure
  • You want a dress with sleeves
  • You’re a busty bride
  • You’re getting married in the summer
Bride Showing off closed back dress

Closed Back

Closed Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You want a strapless gown
  • Your ceremony or venue demands modesty
  • You’re a busty bride
  • You’re getting married in the winter
Bride Showing off bare back dress

Bare Back

Bare Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You want to draw attention to your curves
  • You like showing some skin
  • You don’t want a strapless gown
  • You’re getting married in the summer
Bride Showing off cross back dress

Cross Back

Cross Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You want to show some skin without sacrificing structure
  • You want clean-cut lines
  • You’re a busty bride
  • You’re getting married in the summer
Bride Showing off uback dress

U Back

U Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You don’t want to show your entire back
  • You want a dress with a higher waistline
  • You have narrow shoulders
  • You have a longer torso
Bride Showing off vback dress

V Back

V Back Gowns Are a Great Option If…

  • You want a lace illusion dress
  • You want a dress with princess seams
  • You have broader shoulders
  • You have a shorter torso
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