Hairstyles for Backless Wedding Dresses

How To: Hairstyles to Highlight a Backless Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with plunging backs and exquisite back details, like illusion lace and daring cutouts, are all the rage. If you’re wearing a backless wedding dress, have your hair styled to showcase it. (Otherwise your locks will cover the look.) From illusion tulle and appliqué lace, to plunging backs with delicate straps and sheer cut-outs, there are so many ways to do backless. Don’t be afraid to try something sleek and modern or more boho for your hair that complements your style. Below are a few of our favorite hairstyles to highlight a stunning backless wedding dress.

The Chignon


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This elegant bun is easier to pull together than it looks! Perfect for a low back wedding dress, this lovely hairstyle will look amazing when paired with a glittery barrette or elegant veil!  View a free tutorial at Divine Caroline.

The French Twist


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Master this chic look in a few easy steps from Real Simple magazine. Have shoulder length hair? Yes, the French Twist will work on you with a few extra steps. See the tutorial for short hair at Fashionista.

The Twisted Side Bun


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We love this asymmetrical bun for a more bohemian look. Perfect for a low, plunging back wedding dress, this simple and chic hairstyle is super easy to achieve! Get your how-to at The Freckled Fox.

The Ballerina Bun

Slate Bead Work

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Perfected on stages around the world, the Ballerina Bun offers a sleek, high-style look. What better place to learn how to create the perfect Ballerina Bun than from the pros at the San Francisco Ballet? View the tutorial now.

The Braided Bun


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Easy-to-master and very versatile, the Braided Bun is elegant, yet whimsical. If you love the open back wedding dress look, this style is ideal! The intricate – yet easy to do – braid adds an unexpected element of boho to your wedding day. Check out Real Simple magazine’s how-to here.



Backless wedding dresses are having a major moment and brides are loving this exciting new style! These designer open back wedding dresses take a timeless silhouette and turn it into a modern masterpiece. Try a plunging back for an exit down the aisle that will make your guests’ jaws drop, or a racerback gown for something more modern and fashion-forward. Anyway you do backless, you’ll be making a style statement in your wedding dress. An illusion back with placed lace or intricate beading gives an extra pop of glamor to any gown while a scoop, cowl back is timeless and romantic. Brides are going to love how sexy, sleek and sophisticated they will look in a backless wedding dress so say ‘Yes’ to the daring and decadent open back trend. We simply cannot get enough open back wedding dresses, and with an ultra chic hair-do to match, you’ll be a vision in white!