Most modern wedding dresses are characterized by strapless necklines and fitted silhouettes. Not every bride feels comfortable in these typical dress designs, although they do not want a dated wedding dress style either.
While some brides personally prefer more coverage, others have to choose traditional features in their wedding dresses because of the setting in which they will be wed. Some religious places of worship require that brides avoid exposing their shoulders in their wedding dress.
However, having to dress modestly doesn’t mean that such brides shouldn’t look stylish or modern. There are plenty of dresses that provide sufficient coverage, even while they are stylish, and not matronly or boring.
Brides who want a wedding dress with a high neckline, covered arms and back have the following options.
- Choose a dress from the available designer collections. Although many leading designers have designs that show off the neck, shoulders, back and arms, they also have dresses that have conservative features.
- Customize an available dress with extra fabric by adding sleeves or raising the neckline.
- Add an accessory like a bolero or jacket to alter the neckline and sleeves as desired.
Today, we will look at the first option in detail. Here, we bring you some fantastic dress choices from our extensive inventory, that are bound to fit the description of “Modest Modern.” Take a look, and tell us which of these is your favorite.
1.Mori Lee 5410
A beautiful lace gown with cap-sleeves and an illusion scalloped bateau neckline, the Mori Lee 5410 is a dress that is both modest and endearing. The modified A-line silhouette is a modern choice that makes it suitable for most body types. Although the silhouette isn’t too snug like a fit-and-flare dress, it still allows the bride to flaunt her beautiful curves without feeling uncomfortable. The ample lace appliques in the bodice add a luxurious touch to the entire gown, spilling into random clusters in the skirt all the way down to floor length. Behind the illusion style neckline is a sweetheart bodice. The back of the dress features amazing illusion details, created with lace appliques. Although it a dress that covers the entire body from neck to toe, it is still stylish and sexy. The vintage feel associated with this gown makes it a perfect choice for a rustic wedding fashioned after a vintage-era.
2.Mori Lee 5403
Exquisitely enchanting, the Mori Lee 5403 is a gown that is one of a kind. The beautiful illusion bateau neckline rests above a sweetheart bodice, and features elaborate floral lace motifs that are arresting in their details. The fitted T-shirt sleeves offer ample coverage, while they still look mysterious and sexy. The lace overlay extends throughout the bodice and ends at the waist, from where a pleated skirt with layers of soft netting falls to floor length. The differentiation in the textures of the bodice and the skirt is so beautiful, that it almost looks like the dress is made of two different pieces. Illusion details continue at the back of the dress, over a V-neckline with a strand of fabric buttons at the center. The wispy skirt and the textured bodice create a unique look for this dress. This dress is a perfect balance of traditional and modern.
3.Mori Lee 5262
This dress from the Mori Lee designer collection is the epitome of glamour, with details that are timeless and classic. The sateen finish of the slip beneath the lace overlay, renders a luxurious touch to this dress, even as captivating floral lace appliques course all over the bodice and skirt. Although the dress doesn’t have sleeves, the high illusion bateau neckline gives it the modest touch it deserves. Princess seams run along the fit and flare silhouette, and are another classic element that define the structured silhouette making it even more endearing. The rich and tasteful elegance of the lace motifs, placed artistically over the entire dress, and the 3-D effect crafted out of the lace over the satin slip add to its charm. At the back is a rounded scoop neckline, that can easily be covered under a veil.
4.Sophia Tolli Y21512
A modern fit and flare gown with a sheer illusion neckline that suppports and extends into an elegant capsleeve with lace motifs on the edges, the Y21512 is a ravishing beauty from the Sophia Tolli collection. The skirt flares out from the hips, making it less clingy, and the sheer fabric along the neckline adds the required coverage for the V-neckline this dress features. The enchanting work of floral lace appliques on the bodice and skirt make it a work of art, and the sparkling waistband is beautiful. At the back, the illusion style continues, with the central zipper trimmed with diamante beaded buttons along the center. This is a dress that has elements of both contemporary style and classic elegance.
5.Sophia Tolli Y21442
This fishtail gown from the Sophia Tolli collection has a unique style for the neckline and sleeves. Delicate and wispy tulle forms a net-like layer over the lace cap sleeves, and also fashioning a V-neckline. This, then grows into a sophisticated V-neckline. The entire bodice is embellished with elaborate floral lace appliques, decorated with crystal beading and sparkling details. As the clusters grow sparse in the skirt, layers of fine tulle fan out to form a cascading train of chapel length. The V-neckline in the front extends in a similar fashion to the back, but it reveals no more than a little skin along the center.
6.Sophia Tolli Y11413
This dress is both glamorous and sophisticated, even as it looks and feel comfortable on a confident bride. The gentle floral details of lace frame cap sleeves and continue into a classic V-neckline framed by a sweetheart bodice. The bust ends in a scintillating chevron band that differentiates the two sections of the gown. The marriage of tulle in the skirt and embellished lace details in the bodice is interesting, and is done very tastefully. The back of the dress features a noticeable keyhole detail that is more classic than contemporary. The combination of the trendy trumpet silhouette with the classic V-neckline and cap-sleeves makes this gown a dream wedding dress.
7.Angelina Faccenda 1344
Few dresses match up to the classic elegance of this Angelina Faccenda couture gown with ravishing lace details and classic features. Gentle cap-sleeves are fashioned out of lace appliques that dip into a soft V-neckline that is modest and perfect for a formal wedding ceremony. The dress has an A-line skirt, with the thickly detailed motifs in the bodice spanning out into fewer clusters and again combining at the hemline to create an elaborately intricate pattern. The fully covered back is adorned with lace motifs that add a special touch. This gown is the perfect vintage choice, both for the interesting features it has and it’s choice of material.
8.Angelina Faccenda 1329
The modern trumpet silhouette of this beautiful Angelina Faccenda gown is elevated with the halter neckline and cap sleeve feature it sports. Beautiful Alencon lace appliques decorate the length of the gown, while the neckline and sleeves are embellished with beautiful sparkling rhine stones and crystal detailing. The scintillating details continue all the way up to the hips, and the skirt ends in a soft net hemline that contrasts beautifully with the textures of the top of this dress. The back of the dress has illusion details fashioned out of the same lace used in the front of the dress. The center zipper is accented with lovely satin covered buttons that escalates the illusion effect.
9.Angelina Faccenda 1302
A dress that perfectly fits the description of contemporary and modest, the Angelina Faccenda 1302 is a beauty that every bride will love. The wide scoop neckline extends into the shoulders, gently exposing the collar bones in a most classic manner. Gentle T-shirt sleeves add enough coverage to the upper half of the body. The entire neckline and sleeves have beautiful glittering details from the tasteful addition of crystal beading and embroidery. The fit and flare style of the dress looks beautiful, with elegant all over lace adding a timeless touch to the modern silhouette. Equally attractive is the soft scoop neckline at the back, with beautiful crystal details decorating the sheer fabric and creating a marvellous finish from this angle. Additionally, there is a splendid strand of satin buttons along the center that continues all the way down to the derriere.
Our final pick is this vintage beauty from the Jasmine Couture collection. Although it features vintage features like the beautiful scalloped cap sleeves and lace adorned V-neckline over a sweetheart bodice, this dress is made more attractive with it’s modern fit and flare silhouette and stylish placement of the lace details on the dress. Unlike the usual floral lace appliques that are common in wedding dresses, this dress has a unique design with fans of semi-circular lace placed in an orderly fashion throughout the length. Also, the V-neckline features a sheer fabric overlay with a simple crystal border. A beautifully scalloped hemline extends into a classic chapel train, and this dress is in all a great choice for a classic wedding style. The illusion back has the same lace details arranged in an orderly fashion.
We hope you enjoyed this article on the more modest choices that you will come across in our collections at Best for Bride. If this is the style you would like to explore for your wedding day, check out our bridal gallery and you will find many more options. For this, and every other style and trend you seek in wedding dresses, visit our online store and find what your heart desires.