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From minimal to glamorous, there are plenty of ways to work a timeless high-neck bridal dress on your wedding day

Jennifer Lopez may have broken the Internet for wearing a sultry Versace dress that cemented her status as a sex symbol in the 2000s, but on her wedding last weekend, she went for a look that was less risqué than regal.

When exchanging vows with actor Ben Affleck during a ceremony in Georgia, Lopez was the picture of sophistication in a turtleneck column gown with cap sleeves and a ruffled skirt custom made by her go-to designer, Ralph Lauren. The American fashion designer even created two other wedding gowns for Lopez, and outfitted both her and Affleck’s children. But it’s that first dress that truly stole the show; its high neckline perfectly framed the bride’s face and called for a low-key jewellery detail, which Lopez found in a pair of pearl and diamond earrings by Mikimoto.

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Lopez’s look was unforgettable, not least because of her conservative choice of neckline at a time when brides are opting for corset bodices and shorter hemlines. But the appeal of a high-neck wedding dress goes beyond the modesty it offers: a dress like J.Lo’s looks timeless and even royal, and if you choose a halterneck style like Meghan Markle did for her wedding reception, your bridal ensemble will be undeniably modern and chic.

If you’re looking to leave an impression with a high-neck wedding dress on your big day, discover our selection of styles below.

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1. Brandon Maxwell cape crepe gown

Nothing exudes grandeur quite like a cape. This Brandon Maxwell number comes with a short cape detail that doesn’t overdo on drama, but still offers a sense of regality to its wearer like Lopez’s cap sleeves. But that’s not to say the dress is prudish, as its daring thigh-high slit demonstrates.

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2. Toni Maticevski ‘Monumental’ draped gown

If you’re enamoured with the fluttering sleeves on J.Lo’s dress, you’ll love this draped gown from Australian designer Toni Maticevski. Its petal-like sleeves will nicely frame your shoulders, while the rest of the dress is beautifully draped to make you look like a marble sculpture come to life.

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3. Rotate ‘Kasia’ sequin dress

If fluff and frills aren’t your thing, you can try this glamorous gown from cult Copenhagen fashion label. Its pared-back design is contrasted by the fact that it’s embellished with sequins that will truly make you shine as you walk down the aisle—and even on the dance floor later in the evening.

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4. V:PM Atelier lace maxi dress

If you’re hoping to accessorise with pearl jewellery like Lopez did, they will be best complemented by this romantic gown. It features elaborate lace sleeves and is adorned with pearls throughout, creating a look that is dramatic and unabashedly feminine.

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5. Halston ‘Lilah’ jersey halterneck gown

This halterneck gown is obviously a Halston, as evident from its elegant simplicity and the sensuous way it drapes on the body. This dress is perfect for beach weddings, and can be glammed up with statement earrings and bangles.

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6. Rime Arodaky ‘Queen’ crepe de chine halterneck gown

Instead of making an entrance with a cathedral-length veil like Lopez, why not try a tulle cape? This dreamy dress by couture-trained Parisian designer Rime Arodaky features an airy, sheer tulle cape embroidered with flowers, while the rest of the gown sticks to a classic silhouette with a form-fitting bodice and a flatting, slightly flared skirt.

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