A sleeveless wedding dress with a high neckline is a decidedly fresh bridal look and quite flattering in terms of silhouette no matter your body type. Whether you’re seeking a straight column, A-line, or mermaid-shaped skirt, a high neckline appears elegant with any dress style whether you go for a halter or a neckline that hits at the collarbone. A slightly more conservative look that covers your décolletage, high necklines serve as an elegant balance to bare arms, adding a level of modesty to any bridal look. Brides with modern sensibilities will love being able to play with cuts and can opt to balance out a covered neckline with a low open back or a high slit.
If you need convincing that high necklines are stylish and sleek, just remember Meghan Markle's second wedding dress by Stella McCartney. That gorgeous, minimal, high neck halter gown was a refreshing second act to her pared-back ceremony gown, and a less conservative option for brides-to-be who want to show a little arm and shoulder at their wedding like Meghan.
For a little more glitz and glamour, you can up the ante with a high-neck wedding dress with lace detailing, sheer overlays with appliqué, or glamorous beadwork. Minimalist brides can opt for halter dresses with delicate straps and sheath columns. If the silhouette itself is all you’re looking to re-create and you want to go a little unconventional with your wedding dress, an illusion-style gown or glitzy sequin number will be a dazzling alternative. Ready to shop for a sleeveless, high-neck wedding dress á la Meghan Markle?
Ahead, shop our edit of 41 styles from super-minimal to classic to daring.
Alon Livné S/S 20 Sydney Dress
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A nude illusion top is the focal point of this all-lace halter gown. Sheer details, strategic embroidery placement, and an open back make this delicate dress an enchanting bohemian dream.
Lela Rose F/W 20 The Positano
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We can imagine this pleated halter mini dress at a chic courthouse ceremony. The exaggerated floral detail and the point d'esprit pattern on pleated tulle are fun, frilly touches to make any bride feel extra feminine and flirty on her wedding day.
Costarellos Bridal S/S 20 Dynamene Gown
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An elegant option, this open-back, high-collar halter gown is studded with hand-crafted buttons that lead to a center slit. Minimal and sleek, we love this refreshing take on the classic silhouette.
Viktor&Rolf F/W 20 Wisteria Garden V Back Mini Dress
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We can totally imagine this structured organza dress at a casual garden wedding or courthouse ceremony. The shift dress features sweet details like a petite bow at the back and Wisteria garden flower embellishments, while the high neckline and playful ruffles are complemented by a seductive open back.
Adrianna Papell Art Deco Beaded Blouson Dress With Halter Neckline
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The Art Deco-inspired silver beading on this nude halter dress adds dimension to an otherwise simple and effortless blouson dress. The vintage throwback (and hue!) marries with the contemporary silhouette so well.
BHLDN Montreal Dress
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Offset a more demure neckline with a thigh-high slit. This sleek, fitted crepe dress is equal parts sexy and elegant. Pair it with a sleek updo for head-to-toe sophistication.
Jill Stuart Iva Crepe Maxi
SHOP NOW: BHLDN, was $298, now $200
This simple fitted dress with clean lines has the illusion of a two-piece gown—a minimal option for the bride who wants a trendier and more modest bridal look.
Tadashi Shoji Marietta Halter Neck Bow Gown
SHOP NOW: Tadashi Shoji, was $648, now $388.80
This striking dress features an oversized draped bow on the high neckline, adding a contemporary touch to an elegant silhouette. Fashion-forward brides will definitely love this statement piece.
Stone Cold Fox Custom Quartz Gown
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This effortless silk gown features an adjustable halter neck, elastic waist, and a high slit. We can imagine this dress at a beach wedding paired with a flower crown—perfect for the bohemian in you.
White by Vera Wang High Neck Halter Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, was $598, now $548
Look flawless on your big day with this classic fit-and-flare gown. The soft, flowy crepe train adds drama to a more traditional gown and the satin sash gives the look a clean, sleek finish.
Melissa Sweet Lace High-Neck Halter Sheath Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, was $958, now $599.99
The vintage-loving bride will adore this halter wedding dress. Ribbon appliqués on all-over lace are a romantic touch and the fitted bodice with a low-back adds a slightly more risqué feel to an otherwise classic look.
Whistles Guinevere Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: Whistles, was $750, now approximately $485
This dress is frilly and flirty, perfect for the feminine bride who wants to inject a little bit of whimsy into her bridal look. A tiered skirt and a ruffled high neckline add a playful vibe to a soft cotton embroidered tulle dress and the cutout detail and midi length keep the dress contemporary.
Whispers & Echos Norah Top & Marissa Skirt
This two-piece option is perfect for the bride who plans on reusing her wedding gown. The fitted high neck top made of ornate lace mixes perfectly with the satin A-line skirt with a dramatic train. Perfect for making a soft, romantic statement on your big day—and beyond.
Willowby by Watters Gemini Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: Watters, $1,528-1757.20
The epitome of minimalism, this sleek dress features a delicate halter neck with a tied open back. Made of seamless Vellan Charmeuse and available in white or ivory, this dress is perfect for the modern minimalist bride. Accessorize with a pearl or studded headband to complete the contemporary look.
Amsale Nouvelle Solana Gown
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A super sleek fit-to-flare crepe gown is made contemporary by sheer side panels, floral lace appliqués, and a cut-out back detail. These subtle romantic details, paired with the high neckline and soft trailing train, make for an elegant bridal choice.
Amsale Darla Gown
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We love the simplicity of this high-neck crepe gown perfect for the minimalist bride. It features a racer-back cut-out detail that gives the seamless classic a modern touch.
Watters Hymn Wedding Dress
SHOP NOW: Watters, $2,428 – $2,792.20
It doesn't get more elegant than this. Featuring a sheer back with hand-crafted covered buttons, this high neck ivory gown made of silk georgette is a clean and classic stunner.
Justin Alexander High-Neck Fit And Flare Gown With Bow Back
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The deep cut-outs on this collared halter neckline make this dress feel extra sexy! Featuring a crepe bow at the back and a form-fitting silhouette, this flattering dress in ivory is perfect for the sophisticated bride who wants to show off her figure.
Sareh Nouri F/W 18 Elsa Gown
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This elegant fit-and-flare gown is a structural masterpiece. Featuring a bateau neckline, a V-back, and cathedral length train, this fit-and-flare gown is a dramatic option that is sure to turn heads.
Suzanne Neville Belle Wedding Dress
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This high neck crepe gown with subtle ruching is a sophisticated yet minimal bridal choice. Plus, the mermaid silhouette is so subtly seductive.
Galia Lahav Gala-905 Wedding Dress
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This gown is a bohemian bride's dream. Sheer long sleeves, a criss-cross tie-back, and intricate cut-out embroideries make this dress feel oh so romantic.
Dany Mizrachi S/S 18 Bridal Gown
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Glittering micro crystals adorn this gown with geometric overlays mimicking a sheer bodice. For the edgier bride who wants more angular details on a fitted dress, this dress also features a high center slit for an alluring walk down the aisle.
Elie Saab F/W 19 Bridal Collection Look 10
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This elegant halter lace dress features a square neckline and a slim belt that give this otherwise traditional dress a contemporary spin. Perfect for the classic bride who wants modern romance.
Rebecca Ingram Delores Gown
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A fitted wedding dress featuring a lace bodice over a crepe sheath skirt is a flattering option for brides who want to look chic and feminine. We especially love the train on this dress.
Sottero And Midgley Sloane Gown
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The silhouette of this lace trumpet gown may be a glamorous staple but the geometric illusion plunge is an unexpected twist on a classic. Plus, the jewel-encrusted beading on lace is decidedly decadent.
Maggie Sottero Fairbanks Gown
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This elegant option is a "jersey-meets-lace" creation which makes it comfortable as well as stylish! Sleek and sexy, this gown is a classic dress perfect for the low-key bohemian in you.
Muse by Berta Wedding Armanda Gown
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The nude illusion top with strategically placed embroidery makes this romantic option extra alluring. Featuring an open back and a sweeping, cathedral length train, this bridal look is proof that sexy can also be dreamy and sophisticated.
Savannah Miller Eowyn Gown
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A classic look for the minimalist bride, this effortless dress features a high neckline and delicate micro spaghetti straps. The gown, made with flowy chiffon, has a deep train that adds drama to a timeless look.
Wedding dresses with high necklines are perfect for brides with a classic taste. Look for unexpected details like a low back, slim straps, or high slits to make it feel more modern.
Lihi Hod Melissa Gown
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This fitted gown is a glamorous option for the romantic bride who wants a striking bridal look. This dress feels modern with the lace embroidery, intricate beading, and the draped chiffon on the open back.
Halfpenny London Lukas Dress
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We love this fresh take on a classic halter gown. Featuring decadent point d'esprit tulle and a frilly, ruffled high collar neck, this romantic dress is just divine and perfect for the modern feminine bride.
Elizabeth Fillmore Daphne Gown
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Appliqués instantly make any bridal look infinitely more romantic and feminine. This A-line dress with a high neck and blanketed in 3D lace blossoms is a saccharine option for the stylish, romantic bride.
Carolina Herrera S/S 18 Bridal Collection Look 15
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The collar on this dress is so unexpected! For a fresh take on a wedding gown, consider this preppy sheer organza gown—a modern option for the stylishly fearless bride.
Viktor&Rolf Mariage Open Back Tulle Gown
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Unconventional in structure, this modern gown features a play on proportions and silhouettes—a slimming bodice with a high low sweep train, a high neckline with a low cut back. If you're looking to make a fashion statement on your wedding day, look no further than this structural piece.
Zuhair Murad Celena Bridal Gown
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This silhouette may be a classic but the impeccable beading on the bodice is a fresh and unexpected take on floral detailing. With a flowy chiffon skirt, this dress is perfect for the modern romantic.
Alexandra Grecco Nico Gown
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You can't go wrong with a sleek gown. Featuring a high neckline, a gathered waist, and delicate straps down the back, this silk crepe gown is a go-to for minimalists.
High necklines, even when paired with sheer paneling or a bare back, have the illusion of modesty and are the perfect choice for religious ceremonies like Catholic weddings where there's a stricter dress code.
Marylise Dance Hall Queen Wedding Dress
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A sleek option for the low-key romantic bride, this dress features patterned lace panels on the bodice. The skirt's simple silhouette and the open back keep it timeless.
Odylyne The Ceremony The Empress Collection The Camilla Bodysuit And Juliette Skirt
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This two-piece lace gown is so romantic. A high mock turtle neck bodysuit with a cut-out back detail meets its perfect match in the lace high waist skirt with wrap around ties. The skirt flares dramatically out into a gorgeous train.
Naeem Khan Georgia Gown
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Brides who want to recall the glamour of the Roaring Twenties will love the beaded fringe tiers on this gown. Featuring a high tulle illusion neckline, this slim gown is an unforgettable bridal look.
Amsale Hazel Gown
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A modern halter ball gown is perfect for the bride who wants to feel like a princess during her wedding day. Frothy layers of tulle and horsehair paired with the sheer Chantilly lace over the sweetheart bodice make for a dreamy bridal look.
Sophie et Voila Campanile Dress
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We can imagine this flowy effortless beauty being a hit at a garden wedding. Featuring an elegant, oversized bow at the back, this flattering A-line gown is a dream for the modern minimalist.
Dana Harel Liv Dress
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This sophisticated dress is a glistening option to match your glowing bridal aura. Intricate beading blankets sheer lace for a seductive number that brings on the glitz and glamour.