The 1980s brought with it many questionable trends and fads: the dreaded shoulder pad, giant over-teased hair and doorknocker earrings. Oh my. But the decade does have its merits. Underwear as outwear, those corsets are a bridal fashion mainstay; leggings, because comfort never goes out of style, just ask Vera Wang who wears them day in and day out; and the ever popular, sexy body-conscious dress, made famous by the late, great Gianni Versace.
The body-con wedding dress is not quite the same as a body-con party dress, which is designed to make the wearer look seriously sexy and ready to dance the night away. Body-cons for brides are (thankfully!) more covered, more romantic and more thoughtfully designed for the task at hand.
The recent spike in mermaid-gown popularity proves brides want to be glamorous and show off their great shapes. Kleinfeld's Mara Urshel swears by the power of the mermaid and confirmed that nearly one out of three of their brides gets married in a mermaid gown.
Beyond the mermaid, there are long and short fitted columns in virtually any fabric. The best will have some stretch in them for extra comfort and movement, which we highly recommend. Spanish bridal company Rosa Clara designed some extraordinary body-cons in beautiful sleek matte jerseys and draped chiffons that hug the body and drape around it, turning the bride into a gorgeous Grecian goddess.
A sexy form-fitting wedding dress can be an excellent second gown to be worn at the reception and of course by the uber-confident bride looking to make a major statement.