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Modest Wedding Dress

Price Range: $1,500 To $5,500

Modest wedding dresses are a sophisticated choice for brides looking for more 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.

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Modest Wedding Dress

Price Range: $1,500 To $5,500

Modest wedding dresses are a sophisticated choice for brides looking for more 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.

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Modest Wedding Dresses

A modest wedding dress is a beautiful gown for a special day, typically floor-length, with sleeves that cover the shoulders and neck, no plunging neckline, and without cut-outs or see-through fabrics. You may have struggled to find such a dress in wedding fashion today, but look no further! At Versailles Atelier we are here to help you find the modest dress of your dreams. 

Whether you want a long-sleeved lace gown or prefer something more modern and sleek, this guide will introduce you to modest wedding dress options. However you envision your big day, with these tips, you'll be able to find a modest wedding dress- regardless of your style!

What is a Modest Wedding Dress?

When people think of a modest wedding dress, they often imagine a traditional bridal gown with long sleeves and a high neckline. While this is one beautiful way to achieve modesty, many other options exist. A modest wedding dress is simply one that covers the shoulders, chest, and upper arms.

It doesn't expose the midriff, sides, or back, and can be made from any fabric: chiffon, tulle, organza, taffeta, satin, lace, silk, or even wool. It can be various lengths: calf-length, knee-length or floor-length. Modesty typically means covering the shoulders and upper arms and dressing appropriately for the time of day (no sleeveless or backless after sunset) and the place (no tank tops or short hemlines at a wedding).


What to Look for in a Modest Wedding Dress

There are a few key things you should look for when choosing a modest wedding dress. A modest wedding dress usually has long sleeves, a high neckline, and a hemline that ends around mid-calf. It will have no cut-outs, sheer fabrics, or plunging necklines. Whether you're after a long, lacy wedding dress or a sleek tulle gown, here are some things to keep in mind:


Long-sleeved wedding dresses are typically made from lace, tulle, chiffon, satin, taffeta, and organza. The most modest fabrics are those that aren't sheer or see-through but rather have a bit of weight. A long-sleeved wedding dress can also be made from solid-colored or lightly patterned wool.


The higher, the better, as a modest wedding dress will have a high neckline that doesn't plunge. The best necklines are classic ones, like boat necks, straps, or sweethearts, that are neither too revealing nor too bland.


The hemline of a modest wedding dress should fall just below the knee at a minimum. Many wedding gowns have a hemline that ends mid-calf, just above the ankle. Modest wedding dresses are usually floor-length but can vary by designer.

How to Find a Modest Wedding Dress

If you're going to a wedding dress supplier, ask them to show you their more modest wedding dresses. Be sure to check their website as well. If you're going on a shopping trip with a friend who's getting married, ask them to help you look for a modest dress. If you're shopping online, look for wedding gowns that fall into the "more modest" category or are labeled as "long sleeve" or "high-neckline" wedding dresses.

Modest wedding dresses are sometimes more expensive than typical dresses, but there are ways to save money. First, shop by season (August to October or January to April). Most wedding dress shops have seasonal sales, so you can save money by buying during the off-season.

Second, make sure you buy your wedding dress from a reputable seller. Reputable sellers will ensure you get a dress in your size, with quality fabric and stitching, and a good return policy in case it doesn't fit.

If you don't care about the latest wedding dress trends, you may be able to find a modest wedding dress at a lower price point. There are also vintage wedding dress suppliers with a wide selection of modest wedding dresses at a lower price.


Types of Modest Wedding Dresses

The best way to find a modest wedding dress is to go shopping. When you try on dresses, you'll be able to see what styles and fabrics really flatter your body type.

You'll also see which styles look modest on your body and which don't. Modest does not mean bad design or even old-fashioned. There are many styles of modest wedding dresses that are still modern in design and cut.

Long-sleeve Wedding Dresses

Long-sleeve wedding dresses are stunning but can be challenging to find in a modest cut. Ideally, you want to look for a long-sleeve wedding dress with a high neckline that ends just below the shoulder. Most long-sleeve wedding dresses have sheer fabrics or plunging necklines; seeking a custom gown or finding a boutique that offers alterations is a great option.

Lace Wedding Dresses

There is no doubt that lace is one of the most beautiful fabrics and a lovely fabric to use in a wedding dress. It is incredibly luxurious and sophisticated and lends itself well to most textures such as chiffon, organza, and satin.

Lace wedding dresses come in various styles, from long sleeves to sleeveless and fitted to ballerina style, so you can find the style that works for you. Lace is a versatile fabric, so you have the option of wearing it in any style, from traditional to modern and bohemian.

Lace is the perfect fabric if you want to incorporate traditional elements into your wedding day. Lace wedding dresses are the gold standard for brides who admire a classical, timeless approach to the big day.

Organza and Chiffon Wedding Dresses

Organza and chiffon are lightweight fabrics that make stunning but non-traditional wedding dresses. These fabrics are perfect for a wedding dress if you want something less formal yet elegant and beautiful. They make great choices if you want to opt for a more contemporary or even a bohemian look.

Chiffon and organza fabrics are usually found in long-sleeved wedding dresses. They are available in various colors and are commonly used with lace fabrics. Organza and chiffon are less expensive than lace but still have a lovely feel.

Modesty is Not Just About Length

A strapless dress is usually inappropriate for a modest wedding unless you wear a jacket or shrug. Second, make sure the hem on your wedding dress is no shorter than your knee. This will cover enough skin while still looking beautiful. And third, make sure your dress has sleeves.

Modesty is not just about length; it also has to do with fabric. A modest dress will have thick and opaque fabric to cover your body. For example, some fabrics like taffeta and tulle are very see-through, so they are not appropriate for a modest wedding.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Difference Between a Long-Sleeved Wedding Dress and a Modest Wedding Dress?

Long-sleeved wedding dresses have sleeves that go beyond the shoulder and cover the upper arm but may have plunging necklines or a revealing back design. Modest wedding dresses are sleeved ones that are not sheer, lowcut, or especially body hugging.

If I Wear a Long-sleeved Wedding Dress, Will I Be Too Hot?

If the wedding is in the summer, you will probably be hot in a long-sleeved wedding dress. If you are in a hot climate, look for a wedding dress with sleeves with an opening at the top to keep cool.

What Fabric Should I Avoid?

Fabrics that are see-through when you move are not appropriate for a modest wedding dress. Most wedding dress fabrics are thin and difficult to see, but you can always ask your wedding dress consultant if you are unsure.

Nylon is a synthetic fabric that is often used to make wedding dresses. It feels like silk, but it is not very breathable. Avoid synthetic fabrics if you want a more breathable wedding dress. Silk, cotton, and linen are the best fabrics to choose from.

Setting the Appointment

Finding a modest wedding dress can be challenging when most wedding gowns today are designed with a more revealing style. If you want to wear a long-sleeved modest dress, remember that a revealing wedding gown can usually be altered to become the perfect dress for you.

If you prefer to wear a modest wedding dress, keep an open mind about the style of dress you choose. You may have to look outside typical wedding dress suppliers to find the right dress, but it is worth finding the perfect wedding dress that you love!

If you are looking for a timeless, stunning modest wedding gown, look no further! Here at Versailles Atelier, we have a handful of modest gowns waiting to find their bride. Most of our ‘modest gowns’ are made to order. Every bride is different, and so is their definition of modest; our skilled staff will pull the best gowns that can be transformed into the gown of your dreams. Click here to learn more about our modest wedding dresses!

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