There’s a time and a place for a plunging neckline and you might not want that to be your wedding. Luckily, high neck wedding dresses are so on trend at the moment and come in all different shapes and styles.
A high neck dress is one that either sits at the nape of the neck or goes all the way up to the top of the neck. You might have seen a surge in Victoriana necklines with collars that go right up to the jawline, but this is just one type of high neck dress and there’s loads of modern iterations that will suit every kind of bride. If you still believe the myth that only models with elegant, long necks can pull this look off, we’re about to prove you wrong – the right high neckline is universally flattering!
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Charlie – Bo & Luca
Australian brand Bo & Luca have brought a modern twist to a classic boho silhouette, with hand-embroidered voluminous sleeves, textured florals and delicate beading. It’s romantic, relaxed and artistic, and is a beautiful take on a high neck dress.
Belfort-S – French by Wendy Makin
A breathtaking long-sleeved, embellished wedding dress that would look incredible at a winter wedding. The fishtail shape is so flattering and hugs in all the right places, while the sequins and beading give it star quality. It has a trail of pearl buttons down the back and a modern eyelash lace neckline – all little details that make this a truly standout choice.
Wisteria – Hermione de Paula
The lace and beading on this Hermione de Paula dress is truly beautiful, and that modest high neck is balanced out by the sexy thigh-high split and gorgeous keyhole back. Top with one of the designer’s famous custom embellished veils.
Harris – & For Love
Yes, that is a fishtail dress with ’80s style puffy sleeves, entirely covered in micro sequins – and we love it. Proving high necks are as cool as can be, this dress is sexy, stylish and totally unlike anything you’ll see at other weddings.
Hunter – Watters
Simple, sleek and sweeping: if you like minimalist lines and flattering cuts, you can’t do better than this halterneck dress. Don’t miss the pretty cowl detailing on the back.
Abrianna Chiffon A-Line Dress – Justin Alexander
This romantic A-line Justin Alexander dress has lace illusion sleeves that lead up into a cute mandarin collar and down the back of the dress. This is a great compromise gown, with a demure high neck but none of the (wrongly) associated stuffiness: below the illusion lace you’ll find a sweetheart neckline that keeps this look fresh and youthful.
Supernova – Pronovias
If you’ve got a tall, athletic figure, the Supernova mermaid dress from Pronovias is ideal. The high bateau neckline looks great on willowy figures, as do those little sleeves and the subtle seams above the hips and waist that give this dreamy dress its swish and flick.
Didelot – St Patrick
Decadent floral lace covers this luxurious dress by Spanish brand St Patrick. We adore the lace cap sleeves, the feminine silhouette and the keyhole back at the rear, which will look incredible as you walk down the aisle.
Rhea Top and Lara Skirt – Katya Katya London
That Victoriana trend? There’s no better example than this modern Katya Katya take on lace and ruffles. It’s unique, quirky and perfect for a one-of-a-kind bride.
Little Rock – Rue de Seine
For effortlessly cool and trendy boho dresses, Rue de Seine is your go-to label. It’s bold, bohemian and all ethically made in New Zealand. This gown has playful cut sleeves, cute lace and a wanderlust feel.
Safin – Charlie Brear
Midi-dresses turn a high neckline on their head. The open back and flash of ankle balance out the modest neck – plus show off a killer pair of shoes. Made in luxurious Mikado fabric, the structured shorter gown is ideal for a relaxed city wedding.
Saint Germaine – Alexandra Grecco
For drama and volume, consider a two-in-one outfit like this: the Germaine dress is topped with the silk organza Saint overskirt that you can wear for the ceremony and take off for dancing. How cool does it look with those strategic side cut-outs so you get a peek of flesh at the front.
Dorotea – Ronald Joyce
Cap sleeves look great with a high neck. Lace, tulle and satin combine here for a showstopping fishtail dress with beading and lace applique. The bodice and neckline are both illusion for a coy yet sexy look.
Champeret – St Patrick
High neck wedding dresses can be boho and free-spirited too as this flouncy, French lace, illusion dress proves. Plaits of white daisies frame the bodice and sleeves, as well as the cool square back. Sitting above the collarbone, this is a gorgeous delicate, flirty style.
Cabana – Sarah Seven
Scalloped turtleneck detailing gives this full lace gown a cool, contemporary look. It’s described as a ‘modern princess’ gown and we can totally see it – instead of the traditional ballgown and pink roses, this sleek number calls out for quirky dried flowers and statement metallic boots.
BT20-13 – Beautiful by Enzoani
Secretly think you’d prefer the classic princess look? Try this stunning halterneck A-line dress from Enzoani which has a dreamy tulle skirt topped with lace applique. The covered buttons at the back complete the luxury look.
Reno Gown – Rue de Seine
Unique vine motif lace frames and flatters the body, before falling into a sweeping train. You can see the dress here with an off white slip, but there’s also a nude option which makes a truly dramatic statement.
Serayha Dress – Temperley London
Updating a vintage 1930s silhouette is this Temperley gown that contours curves with stone clasp, teardrop crystal and mother-of-pearl bead embellishments. Love the front? You’re going to fall completely in love with the sheer back that’s adorned with rows of crystals.
Aida – Bo & Luca
Flouncy’s the name of the game here, with the bodice frill going down to the open back. The intricate beading and sheer sleeves look sophisticated and soft, while there’s a split in the front centre of the dress to make it easy to move and dance (plus show off a little leg).
Druina – Ronald Joyce
The patterned beading on this Ronald Joyce dress is stunning and is made even more impressive with the all-over sequins, especially on the halterneck. The fit and flare cut pools into a fabulous train which will catch the light and look gorgeous in photos.
Mila – Sassi Holflord
With modern suiting techniques mixed with structured dress design, Sassi Holford has created a contemporary masterpiece. This high neck wedding dress features dramatic cape sleeves with a lace underlay, an elongating column skirt and a daring keyhole back for a clean and bold look.
For more clean and modern bridalwear inspiration, take a look at our amazing selection of relaxed wedding dresses.