Marie Claire Wedding Guide: The Gown

The most important part of any wedding? The dress of course. Here are 15 of our favorite styles.

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The most important part of any wedding? The dress of course. Here are 15 of our favorite styles.

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"Photo: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier"
The Wedding Dress

A floor-length, lace gown that is form fitting can still be quite sophisticated. Opt for statement earrings or a bejeweled headpiece as a finishing touch.

Monique Lhuillier Gown; moniquelhuillier.com

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The Wedding Dress

A simple empire line gown with pleat details and a deep v-neck is ideal for a beach or garden wedding, yet still feel special enough with an embellished waistline that also acts as an accessory. Keep other jewelry to a minimum with this style.

Lanvin Ivory Pleated Gown, $10,985; lanvin.com

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The Wedding Dress

The mixed fabrics give this gown extra dimension, while the strapless style allows for statement jewels.

J.Mendel Silk Organza Layered Gown; jmendel.com

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The Wedding Dress

Minimalist brides should opt for clean lines and uncomplicated silhouettes. Plus, a simple gown can be given added drama with extra special accessories.

Acne Layered Gown; acne.com

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The Wedding Dress

Grecian-style draping is extremely flattering on every body type, while lace inserts add a romantic touch.

Marchesa Grecian Illusion Gown, $5,200; shopbop.com

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The Wedding Dress

Opt for understated glamour and extra drama with a low-cut empire waist and long sleeves.

Gucci Pleated Gown, $3,300; net-a-porter.com

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The Wedding Dress

Short sleeves may seem untraditional, but a detailed print and ankle-grazing length make this gown perfect for a garden wedding.

Nina Ricci Fishtail Gown, $2,457; matchesfashion.com

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The Wedding Dress

Perfect for the non-traditionalist, buck institutional fashion and opt for a knee-length, lace gown that accentuates curves.

Dolce & Gabbana Lace Dress, $2,175; neimanmarcus.com

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The Wedding Dress

Luxury and classicism collide in a gown that's perfect for the bride who wants to avoid a typical wedding dress.

Saint Laurent Lace Front Gown; harrods.com

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The Wedding Dress

Sheer, light-as-air fabric and floral decals make for a romantic gown that feels special enough without a veil.

Temperley Bridal Gown; temperleylondon.com

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The Wedding Dress

Effortless glamour becomes accessible with antique looking lace and transparent fabric.

Valentino Couture Gown; valentino.com

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The Wedding Dress

Ideal for an exotic locale, this racer-back neckline accentuates slim arms and creates a tiny waistline.

Matthew Williamson Crystal and Pearl Embellished Gown, $4,999; net-a-porter.com

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The Wedding Dress

This classic, strapless gown feels special enough on its own, but also ensures that statement jewels take center stage.

Alberta Ferretti Gown; albertaferretti.com

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The Wedding Dress

Intricate details make for a luxe-worthy gown. Keep accessories neutral or to a minimum to keep focus on the dress.

Elie Saab Gown; eliesaab.com

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The Wedding Dress

A plunging neckline creates the illusion of smaller waist and hourglass figure, while a lace panel provides coverage, perfect for those having a traditional church wedding.

Reem Acra Goddess Gown, $5,995; shopbop.com

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