Modest Wedding Dresses from Phillipa Lepley 2011 Bridal Collection

Unless their religion is strict about dress codes during the wedding ceremony, most brides-to-be avoid wearing modest wedding dresses for fear that they might look frumpy and unfashionable on their big day. For this reason, most wedding dress designs lie somewhere between sexy and classy, enough to show skin without baring too much. However, a real modest wedding dress has to keep the legs, bust, and shoulders completely covered.

Luckily, today’s modest bride has plenty of options. Thanks to Kate Middleton’s wedding dress, wedding dresses with sleeves are a major trend this season (see also Lily Allen’s lace wedding dress). Not to mention that designers like London’s leading couture designer Phillipa Lepley can strike a successful balance between modesty and understated elegance. Her wedding dresses feature vintage-inspired details, luxurious fabrics, and exquisite embellishments. If you’re looking for the perfect modest wedding gown, take your inspiration from her 2011 bridal collection.

If you can get away with showing a hint of your bosom and collarbones, try this gorgeous sweetheart neckline gown, which features luxe silk and lace cap sleeves.

Keep cool in a summer outdoor wedding by picking a breezy chiffon wedding dress and opting for bare shoulders.

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