18 Modest Wedding Dresses for Every Bridal Style

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Whether you're a bride-to-be with conservative tastes or your wedding venue calls for traditional attire, modest wedding dresses are a sophisticated choice for brides looking for coverage on their wedding day. Since no two brides are alike, conservative wedding dresses come in varying degrees of modesty to suit all bridal styles. For brides seeking full coverage gowns, styles with high necklines, long sleeves, and floor-length silhouettes are traditional and timeless. If your aesthetic is modest and minimal, opt for simple gowns with clean lines and fluid silhouettes. And when it comes to modest wedding dresses that are true to form and statement-making, you can't go wrong with dramatic cape gowns and dresses with eye-catching embellishments

Whether your aesthetic leans traditional, modern, or bohemian, read on for the best modest wedding dresses for every type of bride.

For the Classic Bride: Alaïa Cotton-Gabardine Maxi Dress

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For the classic bride, this A-line gown featuring a beatu neckline is supremely sophisticated and flattering. Crafted from crisp cotton, this gown will also hold its shape throughout the night.

Most Traditional: PiondressBridal Crepe Long Sleeve Wedding Gown

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This simple gown is a winning choice for brides who gravitate towards clean and classic silhouettes. Covered buttons line the back for a sophisticated touch.

Most Simple: DB Studio Mid-Sleeve Satin Plus Size Wedding Dress

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A classic bride's dream, this minimalist wedding dress is the epitome of timeless. Our favorite detail? The seamless pockets for stashing your cellphone and lipstick.

Best Ballgown: Watters Brides Frederique Gown

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Featuring a perfect balance of delicate lace and soft tulle, this ballgown is a romantic choice for a black-tie wedding. A row of dainty bows at the back make for a pretty finishing touch.

Best in Wool: Roland Mouret Wool-Crepe Gown

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Details like lightly puffed shoulders and flattering paneling lend this Roland Mouret gown a decidedly modern and sophisticated aesthetic. Follow the styling lead and accessorize with a pair of fun shoes and sparkly clutch.

For a Countryside Wedding: marryandbride Together Forever Sweater & Catherine Deane Delia Skirt

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Who doesn't want to look this effortlessly chic at their countryside wedding? Opt for a simple wildflower bouquet to pair with this charming sweater and skirt combo.

Most Modern: Roksanda Tulle-Trimmed Silk-Crepe Gown

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Elegant and modern, this light-weight gown will practically float with you down the aisle. Details like oversized cuffs and a banded waist make this style all the more flattering and sophisticated.

Most Vintage-Inspired: Erdem Floral-Embroidered Organza Gown

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For the modest bride with a penchant for vintage-inspired dresses, this Erdem number is your dream wedding dress. Wear yours with pearl earrings and a pillbox clutch.

For a City Hall Wedding: Roksanda Tulle-Trimmed Cady Midi Dress

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We can't think of a more perfect pick for a city hall wedding than this midi dress from Roksanda. The puff sleeves and tulle-trimmed neckline are fashion-forward and unexpected.

Most Regal: Rosa Clará Couture "Electo" Gown

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Brides coveting a princess or Duchess of Hastings moment will love this utterly romantic gown from Rosa Clara featuring a modest but alluring neckline and feminine ruffled sleeves.

For a Summer Wedding: Jonathan Simkhai Ruched Cotton-Linen Open-Back Maxi Dress

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Made from ethereal white cotton, this lighter-than-air gown is a particularly striking choice for a summer or destination wedding. Wear yours with barely-there makeup and delicate jewelry.

Best Sleeveless: Maison Rabih Kayrouz Sleeveless Grained-Satin Gown

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We love this pared-back dress for its loosely fitted bodice, flowing skirt, and overall effortless vibe. For added coverage, pair this sleeveless gown with a light shawl or faux fur bolero.

Best Long Sleeves: Amsale Sheer Sleeves Gown

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We love a gown with long sleeves, and this style from Amsale is no exception. This sleek silhouette coupled with delicate sleeves is the perfect balance of modern and feminine.

Best Puff Sleeves: Reformation Puff Sleeves Dress

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Cottagecore enthusiasts rejoice! This gown is full of sweet details like puff sleeves and feminine ruffles and is begging to be worn to your romantic and rural wedding.

For a Spring Wedding: Reformation High Neck Dress

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For a spring wedding, this Reformation style is as sweet as ever. Style this ankle-baring dress with a pair of mules or grass-friendly block sandals.

Most Body-Skimming: Blue Willow Bride Bateau Neckline Stretch Crepe Gown

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This minimalist dress is modest in the front but all party in the rear thanks to a statement-making lace back. Cut from stretch crepe, this gown hugs the body for a sexier fit.

For a Black-Tie Wedding: Lela Rose "The Verona" Gown

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Lela Rose makes bridal gowns worthy of the red carpet and this breath-taking ballgown is no exception. We love the juxtaposition of the delicate, boned bodice and the crisp A-line skirt.

Best Allover Lace: Watters Fitted Lace Gown

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Allover lace adds dimension and texture to a modest wedding gown. The slightly sheer bodice strikes the perfect balance between sexy and conservative.

What to look for in a modest wedding dress

Since every bride's definition of modest may vary, there are many different styles of conservative wedding dresses to suit every bride's needs. If you're looking for a full coverage wedding gown opt for floor-length silhouettes with long sleeves, high necklines, and covered backs. For brides seeking out a modest yet modern dress, select styles crafted from sleek materials like structured crepe or liquid silk. Looking for something a little more dramatic? Go for a statement-making ball gown with striking embellishments like shimmering beadwork, intricate lace, and even colorful floral prints.

FAQ
  • What is a modest wedding dress?

    Everyone has their own definition of modesty, but typically, modest wedding dresses feature high-necklines, covered shoulders, and floor-length silhouettes.

  • What are some ways to make my wedding dress more modest for the ceremony?

    Shawls, jackets, faux fur stoles, and boleros are all stylish ways to cover up for the ceremony.

  • Do modest wedding dresses come in a range of styles?

    Yes! Modest wedding dresses come in a wide range of styles to suit any bridal aesthetic from traditional and classic to modern and bohemian.

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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridal parties, and more.

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