Although sleeves definitely used to be the go-to style for wedding dresses, over the past decade brides have shunned the long sleeve and opted for strapless, off-the shoulder or short sleeved gowns instead. And though these can look truly spectacular, there’s something irresistibly stylish about the sleeve. If you’re still considering what type of dress to choose for your wedding day, and aren’t sure whether a long-sleeve gown is for you, here are a few ideas on how you wear the sleeve with style.
If you’re going to go for sleeves, why not go big? Long, billowing sleeves can look wonderful with the right gown and can definitely add to the look and the theme of your day. If you’re getting married in a grand old hall or a manor house, Juliet-style sleeves will instantly conjure up images of medieval maidens, timeless romance and period glamour.
Go full length
Full length sleeves are a fantastic choice for brides who want to slim their arms and create an elegant silhouette. Full length sleeves are often made from lace, giving the arm beautiful extra detailing and softening the look of the dress as it tapers toward your hands. However, like @RealSimple says:
“If you’re wearing long sleeves, they should go past the wrist. You don’t want to look as if you’ve borrowed a gown from someone shorter than you.”
Over the years, many of the world’s most famous brides have opted for sleeves. Princess Diana had big, poofy princess sleeves, Grace Kelly had elegantly embroidered lace sleeves and in 2011 Kate Middleton wed Prince William in a vintage-style long sleeved gown. Referencing these classic looks in your own wedding dress design will give your gown a stylish, period touch and lend an elegance to the day.
Go three-quarter length
If you don’t want to cover your entire arm in laced, flowing or poofy fabric, a short sleeve that comes down to just below your elbow might be an excellent alternative. This three-quarter length style will still slim your arm and help to keep you warm. It can also lighten the look of your gown and offer a contemporary touch. If you do opt for a three-quarter length sleeve, make sure it doesn’t finish close to your hip. If your sleeve does come to just above or below your hip, it can draw attention to this area and make it look a little wider, especially in photos.