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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

For more valuable wedding dress tips and advice, and to choose your wedding dress, visit us at Best for Bride.

 

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Tips to help you choose the right wedding rehearsal dinner dress

Just when you were done with your wedding shopping, here’s one more detail you have to look into—the wedding rehearsal dinner!

This is normally the occasion when all the important family members and friends on the groom’s side meet the bride for the first time, and so it is important you dress to impress.

Choose your rehearsal dinner dress with care, accessorize and makeup well, and you can nail that first impression. Here are some tips to help you choose a good rehearsal dinner dress.

Match your dress to how formal or casual the evening is

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Choose a dress that is appropriate for the formality of the evening—but don’t try to look too casual, even if you have previously met all the attendees. Remember that you are the bride, and you have to look more special than all the other women there.

Aim to look elegant, and choose a dress that flatters your figure. Even if it is a casual evening, choose a dress that is slightly sophisticated and definitely elegant. You don’t need a fabulous ball gown for an intimate gathering, but choose a dress that everyone will appreciate and you can use again in the future.

Bring out your personality through your dress

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Your rehearsal dinner dress should reflect your personality. If you prefer simple dresses without too many details, choose one that flatters your figure and falls gracefully. If you are a fashionista, go for a trendy dress that you can carry it off beautifully.

Make sure the dress doesn’t resemble your bridal gown in any way. This will allow you to keep both looks distinct, and not spoil the surprise of how you will look on your wedding day. Choose a different neckline, sleeve length and skirt length, and you can look entirely different. Also do your hair differently for your rehearsal dinner, so your bridal look will be distinct.

Choose a flattering color

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Save the whites and lights for your wedding day, and opt for bold colors that complement your skin tone, for your rehearsal dinner. One dress you surely want to avoid is the classic Little Black Dress. Stay away from it, as you do not want to risk resembling five or ten other women there.

If you are not a fan of pastels or bright hues, go for a striking neutral. Accessorize well to play up your look. It is your special function after all, so add statement jewelry and beautiful accessories to grab everyone’s attention. You can also use this occasion to step into those high heels that you have to avoid on your wedding, for lack of comfort. Your rehearsal dinner is a shorter function, so you can afford to wear it and not get hurt.

Make sure the dress fits perfectly

Your rehearsal dress should look perfect on you. The neckline should be stiff, the shape should flatter your curves. When you buy a dress off-the-rack, it may need a few touches to fit you perfectly. So, buy it early and get it altered in time for your rehearsal dinner. It should fit you like a glove on the day.

To find the perfect evening dress for the occasion, as well as to shop for your wedding dress and accessories, visit us at Best for Bride.