From Paris Hilton to Jasmine Tooks, Lily Collins, and Lady Kitty Spencer, celebrities and royalty alike are loving a high neck wedding dress! And it’s no surprise; the classic style evokes a sense of elegance and grace, something that is truly timeless. With some modern updates to this traditional neckline, high neck gowns are here to stay. We’re sharing our favorite styles and neckline advice to help you find your perfect high neck wedding dress.
Are High Neck Wedding Dresses in Style?
With such a modest and vintage neckline, some brides might wonder if a high neck wedding dress is in style. Yes! High neck gowns have been totally trending, from subtle mock necks to the classic Queen Anne style, high necklines of various lengths are a timeless fashion statement. The beauty of this style is that it can be paired with any silhouette making it extremely versatile for all kinds of brides. A high neck gown doesn’t necessarily mean a turtle neck, but a neckline that sits at or above your collarbones. While this may seem like a very conservative style, a neckline like a halter is a great example of a high neck wedding dress that sits above the collar bones—wrapping around the neck—and is usually paired with sexier details like an open back.
Is a High Neck Wedding Dress for You?
With such a conservative style, some brides may be concerned that a high neck wedding dress is flattering. As a rule of thumb, petite brides tend to opt for deep necklines as it helps to elongate the body, taller brides gravitate towards styles with higher necklines to even out their proportions, and fuller-figured brides will usually compliment their curves with a neckline that brushes just below the collarbone. Even with this general trend, you can wear whatever neckline you feel most comfortable in. With so many high neck wedding dress options, we’re positive there’s a high neck gown for you!
How to Style a High Neck Wedding Dress
If you’ve decided you love the look of a high neck wedding dress, your next thought may be “how do I style this?” From traditional turtle necks to a more modern high neck halter wedding dress, we’ve got you covered with styling tips that will help both you and your dress stand out on your wedding day!
How Do You Accessorize a High Neck Wedding Dress?
Because of the emphasis put on the neck with a high neck wedding dress, it’s best to skip accessories like necklaces. A necklace will compete with the look of your high neck gown, especially if you have a wedding dress with lace detailing or beading. If you need that touch of sparkle, opt for jewelry like earrings or a bracelet.
What Kind of Earrings Should You Wear with a High Neck Wedding Dress?
Depending on the length of your high neck wedding dress, there are several earring options that will beautifully complement the neckline. First is a simple stud. If you have a gown with a higher neckline like a turtleneck or mock neck, a classic stud, in stones like diamond or pearl, is a minimalist and ultra-classy way to pair earrings with your dress. If you want a style that makes a bit more of a statement consider a drop earring or even hoops. Drop earrings feature a stone or charm that hangs just below the earlobe, so a drop earring with a brilliant gem can create a beautiful focal point and give you that extra sparkle with your high neck wedding dress.
What Kind of Necklace Should You Wear with a High Neck Wedding Dress?
While we would usually recommend not wearing a necklace with your high neck wedding dress, some brides may want that layered look. If you’re looking for a necklace that will enhance your high neck wedding dress, styles like a hanging pendant, lariat, or rope necklace, layered over the high neckline can create a dimensional look. These styles will also help to lengthen the look of your neck if you’re worried that a high neck wedding dress may cut it off or shorten it.
How to Find a High Neck Wedding Dress in Every Style
Each bride has their own unique style, so it’s important to find a wedding dress that matches it! Whether you love a billowing boho look or prefer something that feels a bit more classic, there’s a high neck wedding dress for every style. If you’re a minimalist bride, then we think you’ll love our Bree wedding dress, style 12104. This wedding gown feels modern in contouring crepe fabric with a high neckline that brushes the collarbones. The open back stuns with crisscrossing straps and added low-back keyhole. If you’re looking for something vintage inspired, try our Georgette wedding dress, style 30121. The elegant gown features a slim sheath silhouette with gorgeous frosted embroidered lace appliqués. The delicate cap sleeves meet up with a sheer high neckline for a vintage look and for added drama, pair the gown with a billowing chiffon cape. If you’re a true boho bride, then Devon, style 6966 is your gown! The fresh and feminine A-line has a wide halter neckline, grazing the base of the neck, with a beautiful illusion detail. Delicately beaded, floral lace adorns the bodice showing off the banded waist and leading to the airy, soft net skirt.
High Neck Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
If you love the modest look of a high neckline and long sleeves, we’ve got you covered. This classic style may be considered traditional, but we promise it’s far from boring. Our high neck long sleeve wedding dresses have been designed to elevate the look taking it from traditional to timeless. If you want something that’s demure, yet modern and sophisticated then you should try Chastity, style 12128. The modern long sleeve wedding dress has a high bateau neckline that covers the collarbones, with lined long sleeves in soft crepe. A banded waist cinches you in and helps accentuate the flair of the full organza skirt, with the fun touch of pockets. Our favorite part is the open square back that feels cool and contemporary. Our Graciela wedding dress, style 30125 is modest opulence! The frosted Chantilly lace fit and flare features a high mock neckline with decadent allover frosted embroidered lace to create a unique layered lace look. The illusion of long sleeves keeps with the classic look, but the best part is the gorgeous sheer petal train. For some added drama and a fuller look, pair the dress with our lace-trimmed tulle overskirt.
High Neck Ball Gown Wedding Dress
For the brides who love the grand look of a ball gown, a high neckline is a regal addition. And with celebrities like Paris Hilton and Lady Kitty Spencer embracing high neck ball gown wedding dresses we’re not surprised that this royal look is trending. If you love the look of a classic ball gown then meet Guadalupe, style 30129. This A-line ball gown is delicate yet dramatic with gorgeous frosted, three-dimensional floral embroidery that cascades down a sparkling tulle skirt. The high neckline and long sleeves feel classic and add to the regal effect of the gown. If you want a more modern ball gown, reminiscent of Paris Hilton’s breathtaking dress, then you have to try Grazia, style 1088. The bold ball gown has oversized floral lace decorating the sheer high neck bodice, long sleeves, and beautiful illusion back, delicately cascading down the full tulle skirt. The cathedral-length train adds drama for a timeless ball gown look. For a true high neck princess ball gown, there’s no other choice than Primavera, style 1728. The luxurious gown features opulent diamenté and crystal beading on hand-embroidered floral lace appliqués that cascade down the elaborate gown. The high halter neckline leads to a stunning back full of cut-outs for a unique and geometric look. Covered buttons are a traditional touch going to the hem of the cathedral-length train.
High Neck Fit and Flare Wedding Dress
Fit and flare wedding dresses are a popular style for brides who want to show off their figure. Less dramatic than a mermaid, the fit and flare silhouette similarly hugs the body through the bust, waist, and hips, then very softly flares out for a sexy, yet romantic look. Taking this sultry silhouette and adding a classic design element like a high neckline can create an elegant wedding look that’s sure to stun. One of our favorite high neck fit and flare wedding dresses is Pia, style 2030. The gorgeous fit and flare features luminous clear crystal beading on swirling embroidered lace appliqués. The soft tulle gently skims the body in the fitted silhouette with a high halter neckline that leads to an open keyhole back and chic peek-a-boo in the bodice. For a high neck wedding dress that’s a bit more modest, there’s our Elin wedding dress, style 30115. The simple and alluring gown contours the body in luxe crepe with a high bateau neckline and dainty cap sleeves. Romantic frosted embroidered appliqués skim down the sides of the gown, emphasizing your curves with a cut-away lace scalloped train.
High Neck Mermaid Wedding Dress
Similar to the fit and flare silhouette, a mermaid wedding dress is a bit more dramatic with a tight fitted bodice, usually down to the knees, where the skirt then flares out. Mermaid gowns are known to be a sexier style, so pairing it with a high neckline can help balance the look of the dress. Danielle, style 2415 is a high neck mermaid wedding dress that is both seductive and sophisticated. The curve-hugging gown has magnificent medallion style lace that guides your eye down the gorgeous silhouette. The high halter neckline wraps around the neck with blingy crystal beaded trim and a sheer detail in the bodice. The back is absolutely breathtaking with a detailed keyhole illusion and more sparkling beading, leading to a dreamy sheer, petal train, showing off that mermaid silhouette.
High Neck Sheath Wedding Dress
Like the silhouettes above, a sheath is a fitted silhouette that hugs your curves. Unlike the fit and flare and mermaid, sheaths are more streamlined—following your curves from neckline to hem—without the signature flare of the skirt like the other silhouettes. If you’re looking for a fitted silhouette with less emphasis on the skirt, then a sheath is for you. Pairing a high neckline with a sheath adds to that streamlined, column look. The perfect example of this is Fontaine, style 2473. The stunning sheath makes a striking statement with bold floral embroidered appliqués, emphasizing the high illusion neckline and sheer long sleeves. The mock neckline leads to a breathtaking illusion back and cathedral-length train that will wow your guests as you walk down the aisle.
High Neck A-Line Wedding Dress
A-lines are one of the more popular wedding dress silhouettes. The style is fitted throughout the bodice reaching its most narrow point at the waist where the skirt then flares out in an “A” shape. A-lines are often considered a classic and romantic silhouette and flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. If you’re looking for a high neck A-line wedding dress, our top pick is Felicity, style 2463. The elegant wedding dress features bold floral patterned lace on a soft A-line silhouette with a graceful Queen Anne neckline on a shared bodice to emphasize the lace. Sparkle tulle glimmers from all angles, but our favorite part is the incredible illusion back with classic covered buttons. If you want a high neck A-line that feels a bit more boho, there’s our Polina wedding dress, style 5703. The effortless dress features a sheer, sleeveless bodice, with illusion plunging detail and high jewel neckline. Crystal and pearl beaded floral embroidery provides a beautiful contrast to the clean chiffon skirt that billows off the body in a soft “A” shape. And it’s easy to love the stunning illusion back, framed by that stunning embroidery and accented by buttons.
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