A guide to choosing the right sleeve length for your wedding gown
Wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. To choose a suitable wedding dress, there are a number of factors that the bride has to pay attention to. One of these is the sleeve-length. The right length is not only important in determining your wedding day look, but also in helping you feel comfortable and confident.
Additionally, the sleeve length suggests whether a dress is suitable for the type of wedding you have planned. For example, strapless gowns are not usually modest enough for traditional church weddings.
Let us now take a look at the various types of sleeves that wedding dresses feature and what characterizes each of them.
Cap sleeves: These cover just the uppermost portion of the shoulders and look like an extension of the neckline. There is no fabric under the arms, and the sleeve actually resembles a wide strap. While adding a modest touch to a dress, this sleeve still keeps the dress modern.
Spaghetti straps: Resembling thin ribbons, these straps offer support to the upper section of the gown while being slender and looking sleek. When scintillating elements are used on the straps, it adds a touch of modernity to a wedding dress.
Sleeveless and strapless: Sleeveless gowns have fabric at the shoulder and this supports the bust, whereas strapless gowns are held up by internal support. The gown starts close to the bust, and hence is lower in the case of a strapless gown. It is necessary to find the right fit so the neckline doesn’t keep shifting.
T-shirt sleeves: These may be flat or puffed, and the length that falls between a cap-sleeve and a three-fourth sleeve. It offers modest coverage and the length of the sleeve draws attention to the bust.
Three-fourth sleeves: The sleeve slightly extends to below the elbow, and is slimming. Three-fourth lace sleeves have a vintage touch, and they can be classic, without looking too old-fashioned.
Long-sleeves: Either done in a narrow fashion, or else to loosely cover the entire length of the arm, long-sleeves are formal and often feature buttons at the wrist which make it easy to wear.
Butterfly and bell sleeves: These sleeves fall gently over the arm and loosely fit the entire length. While bell sleeves flare out at the wrist, butterfly sleeves ripple and flutter and can be of any length. They add a touch of detail at the arms, and are usually fashioned in lace with floral motifs.
Juliet sleeves: A classic favorite with designers, it features a puff at the shoulder which continues into a fitted long sleeve at the wrist.
When choosing the length of your wedding dress sleeves, consider the effect you want to create. The hemline of the sleeve directs attention to the part of the body where it ends. So, if you want to look taller and slimmer, opt for longer sleeves, while if you want to draw focus to your decolletage, shoulders and arms, choose sleeveless or strapless. If you love a gown, but it doesn’t have sleeves like you wanted, you can consider adding a sheer or mock bolero to add the sleeves you want, or have sleeves added in the same material as the dress has. It is only a matter of customizing your wedding dress to suit your taste.
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