Sheer Bliss

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    One Shoulder
    A layer of appliquéd tulle over a body-hugging lace dress is decidedly modern. Chalene ($7,500), from Monique Lhuillier
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    The best of both worlds: a full skirt and train for the ceremony and cocktail length for the party! Mini glamour ($3,498) with drizzle overlay ($1,903), by Reem Acra, from Mestads
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    Portrait Back
    Sheer backs with lace detailing and embellishments can be sexy while still being modest. Gown ($5,000), by Victor Harper, from Bridal Accents Couture
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    Stray away from a strapless silhouette while maintaining sensuality with a collarbone-grazing neckline. Dress ($11,440), by Angel Sanchez, from L’Atelier Couture
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    A sheer rhinestone-encrusted neckline and sleeve adds a big dose of sparkle on the big day. Gown ($5,950), by Marchesa, from L’Atelier Couture

Tulle, chiffon, and other lighter-than-air fabrics have always had their place in the bridal market. But after seeing these skin-baring showstoppers at New York’s spring presentations, we’re calling 2013 the Year for Sheer.