Some trends come and go, but judging from the spring 2014 runways, sheer illusion styles—particularly illusion necklines—show no signs of fading in popularity. With an alluring yet sophisticated charm, it’s no surprise that this timeless style has graced such fashion icons from Audrey Hepburn to Kate Middleton.

The enduring appeal of the illusion neckline lies in its chameleon-like ability to be at once revealing and modest. Delicate coverage is provided by sheer fabric, which lends a romantic feel to what might otherwise be a strapless or sleeveless dress. Whether you’re attending a chic wedding or a black-tie ball, Tadashi Shoji’s sheer illusion styles ensure you’ll look just right for whatever your social calendar brings this season.

 MESH ILLUSION PAILLETTE EMBROIDERED DRESSMESH ILLUSION PAILLETTE EMBROIDERED DRESS



MESH ILLUSION PAILLETTE EMBROIDERED DRESS

When it comes to designer cocktail dresses that feature sheer illusion necklines, we can’t get enough of our sleeveless Mesh Illusion Paillette-Embroidered Dress. Shimmering sequins up the glam factor and a ribbon sash creates a waist-slimming effect. A sheer mesh yoke provides an elegant way to show some skin, making this perfect for your next evening event. If your taste is more fashion forward, our Mesh and Lace Applique Long Sleeve dress—with a gorgeous embroidered tulle bodice—takes the illusion concept to the next level. The sheer neckline, hem and waist cutouts offer a captivating yet tasteful hint of skin and ensure you’ll be the style star of the night. 

 

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MESH AND LACE APPLIQUE LONG SLEEVE DRESS & GOWN

Just received your invite to an art gala or black-tie wedding? We love any excuse for dressing up, especially if it means wearing one of our meticulously constructed, figure-flattering evening gowns. For a dreamy take on formal attire, look no further than this exquisite Hand Beaded Lace Applique Embroidered Tulle Gown. While the bodice sparkles with beaded lace, the sheer neckline and floaty floor-length skirt provide an ethereal finishing touch. Pair with our intricately Beaded Lace Box Clutch. 

HAND BEADED LACE APPLIQUE EMBROIDERED TULLE GOWNHAND BEADED LACE APPLIQUE EMBROIDERED TULLE GOWN

HAND BEADED LACE APPLIQUE EMBROIDERED TULLE GOWN

Going for an ultra-glam nighttime look? Try this Draped Tulle Gown with three-quarter length sleeves that’s all about the details. A light-catching sequin embroidered lace appliqué cascades from one shoulder to the expertly pleated and ruched bodice. The illusion neckline and sleeves lend a graceful air. At the back, sheer mesh and a sweeping train guarantee a dramatic exit. 

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DRAPED TULLE 3/4 SLEEVE GOWN

Sequins and illusion styles don’t have to be limited to evening affairs. This lovely Mesh Illusion Paillette Embroidered Lace Dress is a truly chic number. Lined in our signature stretch jersey for comfort, this curve-skimming sheath is a ladylike choice for a spring daytime wedding or bridal shower brunch. Mini-paillettes embroidered in a floral pattern on soft tulle guarantee add a subtle shine. A classic sheer bateau neckline completes the flattering, feminine effect. 

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MESH ILLUSION PAILLETTE EMBROIDERED LACE DRESS

The floral embroidery and flirty A-line skirt of this Embroidered Neoprene Dress make it ideal for almost any spring party and any body type. A black elastic belt accentuates and slims the waist. We love how the lacy illusion neckline highlights your arms and shoulders while still keeping the look demure.

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EMBROIDERED NEOPRENE DRESS

Our sheer illusion styles are versatile enough to work for any event and every woman’s figure. So, whether you’re petite, statuesque, curvy or boyish, make things simple for yourself the next time you shop for a special occasion—choose Tadashi Shoji.