When it comes to casual outfits, no other neckline instantly adds a touch of sophistication than a high neck or a mock neck (a stand-up collar that mimics a turtleneck). Well, the same can be said with bridal fashion. Although the mock-neck wedding dress has been around for decades (it can be traced all the way to the Victorian era), it’s proven to stand the test of time, as seen in the plethora of designs. There are those incorporated with romantic lace bodices, those with a clean-cut halter, and those with vintage-inspired puff sleeves—so many pegs to choose from!
Below, we’ve rounded up all the chic wedding dresses with high necklines to pin on your bridal boards:
1. Backless halter
For the minimalist bride, consider walking down the aisle in a streamlined look, like this backless column dress with a striking chunky mock neck. It features an elegant slightly flared hem that falls into a short train, as well as a halter sleeveless look that will flaunt your shoulders!
2. Lace bodice and pleated silk skirt
If you think that lace and a high neck might be too “modest” or “traditional” for your taste, you can always go for the middleground! We suggest a subtle mock neck as seen on this delicate lace bodice, and opt for cap sleeves instead of full long sleeves. Amp up the fairytale factor by way of a pleated silk skirt for volume!
3. Lace panelling
If you’re a bride who prefers subtle accents that aren’t boring, consider including lace panels instead of the typical appliques that have been excessively used over the years. It’s a nice play on “sheer,” too! Double down on the subtlety by going for a sleek but chic column silhouette that will make those lace panels stand out.
4. Cream lace bodice and pleated skirt
We can’t talk about high neck wedding gowns without mentioning the inimitable Grace Kelly who said I do to Prince Rainier III in an iconic lace and peau de soie gown that featured a Chinese collar. If you want to take inspo from this look but want a refreshing take on it, consider turning down the volume on the skirt by going for a relaxed A-line silhouette, and go for a full lace bodice for a modern sheer effect.
5. Modern Victorian
If your aesthetic leans toward the vintage side, consider a wedding dress inspired by the Victorian era, when high-neck gowns were aplenty and were often trimmed with frilly lace. For a contemporary yet equally vintage vibe, nix the lace and go for solid, rich fabrics like satin or silk gazaar for a clean and structured look, but retain the leg-of-mutton sleeves and high collar.
6. A fully beaded ball gown
If you’ve always dreamt of tying the knot in a princess-inspired ball gown, know that you can turn that fairytale into a reality… and add a cool high collar while you’re at it! Topping off your beaded ball gown with a mock neck will make you look more sophisticated and even more regal! You can even adorn yourself with a tiara if you want to go all out.
7. Lace applique bodice and tulle skirt
On the fence between a princessy gown and a classic one? Have the best of both worlds by combining a delicate sheer bodice with beaded lace appliques juxtaposed with a layered pleated tulle skirt that will make you feel like you’re walking on clouds! We especially like the muted sky blue hue of this design—it’s a unique color choice that makes this gown appear more extraordinary.
8. Leg-of-mutton sleeves in a fit and flared silhouette
Want a timeless look that doesn’t border on traditional? We suggest donning leg-of-mutton sleeves for a Victorian feel, rendered in satin that gently flares into a serpentina hem and a short train. The trick is to let the sleeves stand out by keeping the skirt simple and streamlined. You can even add a cutout detail for a dramatic backside like the one below:
9. Stand-up collar with keyhole
High neck wedding dresses are perfect for civil ceremonies, as they’re the perfect mix of simplicity and elegance. Instead of a plain mock neck though, why don’t you consider a stand-up collar with a plunging slit that mimics a keyhole neckline? For a dramatic, dainty accent, an asymmetric bow sash should do the trick (plat it in front or at the back!).
10. Mullet hemline
For a fun civil wedding dress that still looks timeless, don’t be afraid to choose a foolproof halter neckline with a high collar, but add contemporary details like pockets (so practical!) and a high-low/mullet hemline that transitions into a fabulous, comfy reception dress!