Since Kate Middleton walked down the isle last year in a stunning McQueen gown, complete with long sleeves and a lace overlay, brides have been eager to capture her regal, romantic look. The standard, strapless bridal gown is now being replaced with long-sleeved dresses and more conservative silhouettes. Let’s take a closer look at three different long-sleeved bridal dress trends.
Tailored and Sleek
The most popular style of long-sleeved bridal dress has a sheer, tailored sleeve, as seen on Kate Middleton’s famous dress. The sleeves are often embellished with embroidery, rhinestone, or lace details. Sometimes, this style can be found in a ¾ length sleeve. The sheer sleeves add a bit more coverage than a sleeveless dress, but are still delicate.
Loose and Retro
Another sheer-sleeve dress trend gives a nod to styles of the late 1960′s with a loose, puffy sleeve. The rest of the dress is usually relatively simple, with a straight skirt, and often, an empire waistline. This style of long-sleeved wedding gown is reminiscent of the hippy era, and looks great with some of the bold headpieces that are making their way onto the bridal trend scene.
Classic and Romantic
Bell sleeves are also making a bit of a comeback this year. Bell sleeves are flared at the end of the sleeve; either at the elbow, or at the wrist. This look evokes a historical, romantic feeling, and tends to look best on dresses that are similarly styled. Full skirts and corset bodices work perfectly with bell sleeves, and fit in well with a medieval-themed wedding.
Long-sleeved wedding dresses are classic, tasteful, and elegant. If you would like to incorporate the look of long sleeves but don’t want to be covered up all night, try wearing a sheer shrug that matches your gown. The shrug can be removed later, leaving you free to dance the night away. Whether you decide to incorporate the long-sleeved trend into your wedding day or not, we can expect to see this hot bridal trend for some time.
Posted by Anna K.