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Future brides everywhere got a peek this past month onto the upcoming fashion trends for gowns at Bridal Fashion Week, and let’s just say, it’s was more than just a glimpse. The latest styles for spring and summer brides are more about skin than the actual dress itself, giving brides everywhere another excuse to hit the gym.


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This move to showing off more than the dress is said to have came from brides themselves. “All the brides, they come to us and say, ‘I want a sexy dress,’ ” designer Carolina Herrera told The New York Times. She replied, “Why don’t you do a seductive dress?”

But after seeing the wide selection of dresses walking down the runways, it seems seduction is just an option. Instead of jewels acting as accessories, cleavage is the newest bridal dress accent. And we’re not just talking about a sweetheart neckline. Seen at J. Mendel, there were multiple gowns with deep V necks, while at other runways it was reversed with the backs of models accentuated with dazzling, revealing openings. Pelvage also made an appearance at Inbal Dror and showed the model's legs up to their bikini lines.


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Illusion also played a very important part at Bridal Fashion Week, dominating as the most popular fabric choice of the season. Everyone from Zuhair Murad to Vera Wang, used strategically placed lace and crystals to show the most skin ever seen since Pamela Anderson’s wedding to Tommy Lee.


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Since the popularization of the white dress created by Queen Victoria’s own wedding gown, skin hasn’t always been in. However, as hemlines keep moving up and cleavage gets lower and lower, it’s only a matter of time before brides follow. For those reality television fans out there, many will remember the outrage at Scheana’s wedding gown on Vanderpump Rules. Many were scandalized at the reality star’s dress, a pearl-encrusted crop top with an embroidered high-waisted skirt. However, once it appeared on television, brides began to show their whittled waists at the alter.   

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Now that skin is in bridal-wise, it won’t just be the bride that will be blushing. 

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