Bridal Market Trend: Sleeves

Romantic Wedding Gowns with Sleeves from Bridal Fashion Week

Channel Kate Middleton and other royal brides in a wedding gown with sleeves.

For brides who prefer a more modest look, or would rather not be pulling at their hemline all night, there are plenty of wedding gowns with sleeves – both long and short – to choose from.  Far from matronly, sleeves, adorned with everything from beading to embroidery, added a new and exciting dimension to each gown they capped.

Designer Monique Lhuillier used lovely laces, some embellished with intricate metallic embroidery, to add an air of vintage romance to her soft gowns – in shades of white and pink.  Jenny Packham’s vintage-inspired designs also showed and array of long satin sleeves as well as short, embellished ones that complemented the overall look and feel of her Art Deco-inspired dresses.

Brides who like the feeling of sleeves but still want to reveal their toned arms can select a gown with “tattoo” lace or embellishments, where a sheer fabric is trimmed in lace or crystals. For example, Ines Di Santo trimmed long tulle sleeves with romantic laces, while Pnina Tornai, exclusively at Kleinfeld, encrusted a sheer body suit with large crystals along the arms and décolletage. 

-- Anne Chertoff

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