Every bride has a unique vision and preferences regarding finding the perfect wedding dress. I knew I wanted something classic and timeless but had a modern twist. And that’s when I discovered the beauty of sleeved wedding dresses.
When I tried on my first-sleeved gown, I knew it was the one. The sleeves added a touch of elegance and sophistication, while the modern cut and fabric made it feel fresh and on-trend. And as I continued my search, I realized that sleeved wedding dresses offered the perfect blend of tradition and modernity.
Glamour has different interpretations, as it means different things to different people. However, there is always one thing common to all that is glamorous; this style is distinctively evident, loud and impressive.
Not every bride wants a traditional wedding dress on her wedding day. There are more than a handful of women with a bold streak, who would love to show off their best features in a dress that does most of the talking. Then, there are also those brides who love the sophistication of subtle glamour. These women see a memorable wedding day look that is glitzy and stunning effect at the same time. These brides do not need hundreds of details in their wedding dress, to achieve their intended effect. Just a few interesting dress features chosen carefully can render this glamorous look.
So, whether you want outright drama or prefer a refined touch of splendor, here are some interesting wedding dress features that will instantly enhance your glamour quotient.
Scintillating shoe-string straps
Even if strapless gowns are your thing, you should consider dresses with scintillating shoe-string straps to look extra-glamorous on your wedding day. The gorgeous sprinkling of glitter on these thin straps makes it mesmerizing and attractive. Also, the sparkling effect draws attention to your shoulders and arms, and make it sexier than a strapless neckline. When these straps are attached to a dress with a dipped neckline, like a sweetheart or a V-neckline, the effect is very impressive. The best part is that these slender straps will give your dress added support, but the fact that they are so slender makes them very stylish.
Featured here is the Mori Lee 2807, with a pair of embellished shoe string straps that lead to a soft scalloped sweetheart neckline. This Alencon lace gown would look like just another wedding dress, hadn’t it been for the extra-touch of the sparkling shoe-string straps.
Sheath silhouette with V-neckline
The sheath is a simple silhouette, but one that is very powerful in creating a sexy effect. With the column design, with the fabric draping along your natural curves, the sheath draws attention to the natural figure and the beautiful curves a bride has. When combined with a modest V-neckline, the effect is further enhanced. V-necklines are traditional favorites, but are very stylish and look good on most body types. While it goes well with almost all wedding dress silhouettes, the combination with the sheath is worth special attention. This instantly draws attention to sensual curves and emphasizes femininity. It is naturally slimming, and the bride in this silhouette looks confident and modern.
In this Mori Lee 6811, the bodice with the V-neckline is adorned with clusters of embellished floral twirl designs. This is a dress that looks charming, without being overbearing. It is very glamorous and a perfect choice for a confident young bride.
Stylish in satin
For sophisticated glamour that is evident but not over-the-top, the best fabric is satin. The silky finish of this fabric has a distinct quality, and it also has a good drape. When satin is used in a fit and flare silhouette that snugly fits the natural curves of a bride, it emphasizes her well-toned figure beautifully. So, this is a great option to look glamorous in a red-carpet style on your big day.
Here is an example of how this look comes together. The Mori Lee 2722 in Larissa Satin features a pleated sweetheart bodice with an ornate embellished waistband. While the tiered skirt is flirty and fun, the fitted silhouette is elegant and just perfect for showing off your well-toned natural shape. The luscious satin finish looks sophisticated yet sexy, perfect for a classy look that will not be easily forgotten.
Layers of ruffles in a trumpet skirt
Ruffles are a very feminine feature, however they can be glamorous too, especially when focused in the skirt to create a thick frothy finish. Unlike when they are in the bodice or strewn throughout the skirt, focusing ruffles in a single space make the effect pronounced and the impact is very high.
The Mori Lee 2685 is a gown that creates glamour with this single element—ruffles! Here, the rest of the fit and flare silhouette is simple, with lace in the snug silhouette all the way down to the hips. However, the laser cut ruffles have a stunning signature, and the differentiation in the skirt with the edge of silver beading makes it very pronounced. The sweetheart neckline also has a matching band of silver beading, and together they emphasize the contrast of the rich, blooming skirt.
Sparkling cap sleeves
Sometimes, all it takes is one element to make a gown stand out with striking beauty. This can be a motif on the bodice, a different sleeve style or an exquisitely decorated skirt. Sleeves have the power to transform a plain dress to one that dazzles, when it is executed with perfection and has a luxurious dose of bling.
In this Mori Lee 5270, the draped dropped waist design and fit and flare silhouette are attractive. But, what really makes this gown spectacular is the dazzling cap sleeves, that elevate the gown to the next level. The combination with a sweetheart neckline emphasizes the bust and neck area. This is a gown that achieves a glamorous finish without working too hard. Not only does it look charming, it is done tastefully.
Empire waistline with layers of fabric
The empire waistline is one dress feature that instantly draws attention to the upper body. When combined with a sexy neckline, the result is a gown that is very attractive. While the typical empire waistline gives rise to a billowing skirt that hides the mid-section and waist, it can be exquisite and very stunning if this waistline were combined with a fitted silhouette.
The dress here demonstrates what we mean. The draped empire waistline ends just above the natural waistline. However, the skirt is designed to closely flow along the natural curves of the body. As a result, the dress is very glamorous. Additionally, the layers of fluttering chiffon that fall into ruffles at the center add extra drama. The low-cut neckline decorated with ample crystal beading also makes this dress very alluring, but very classy at the same time.
Fitted princess seams defining your shape
There is great finesse associated with princess seams, when it defines the contours of a gown. The simple addition of these seams along the bodice and skirt immediately draw attention to where they are tastefully placed. This is like the easiest way to define your beautiful curves and emphasize your well-toned figure that you achieved with great care.
The dress shows us how this wedding gown feature instantly makes a gown more attractive. Here, the beautiful bodice has elaborate lace, embroidery and beaded details. Additionally, the illusion neckline is also impressive. However, our attention is instantly shifted to the neat princess lines that define a soft and almost silky skirt. This single factor makes this dress special and noticeable.
Open cut-out back
There are different ways in which you can look and feel glamorous, and an exposed back is one of the easiest ways to grab such attention. While illusion backs are attractive and even very dainty, they are not always as glamorous as a cut out back. This unexpected surprise can make even the more traditional silhouette and dress design instantly fashion-forward. It is a perfect choice for the bold bride, who is proud of her body.
Take a look at this dress, for example. Here, the dress is simple and even modest from the front, while all the drama lies in the back. The unexpected effect of the cap sleeves closing in to reveal a beautiful cutout that exposes the entire back is all that it takes to make this gown stunning. It is a treat for the onlookers who will spend quite sometime staring at you from the back, during the wedding ceremony, and not to mention an excellent choice to show your bold streak without offending the older generation.
Overlay skirt over slim silhouette
Two-in-one wedding dresses have been in the limelight for a while now, allowing the bride to transition from the ceremony look to another one for the reception without much ado. However, these dresses usually featured an overlay skirt that entirely hid the inner silhouette. Now, if it were done differently, so that the inner slim silhouette were seen through, wouldn’t it be sexy?
This dress from the Sophia Tolli collection is an example of what we just discussed. The richly layered overlay skirt gives the dress a ball-gown effect, but it also reveals a stunning fit and flare silhouette beneath it. So, the bride can expose her sexy side, while being mysteriously modest. How flirty and fun is that? The encrusted waistband further accentuates the natural figure by drawing focus to a slim waistline, while the sweetheart neckline completes the romantic effect with perfection.
Off-the-shoulder straps with fit and flare silhouette
There is a sexy sophistication to exposing your shoulders, while leaving traces of a sleeve that could be used to cover it, if you chose! This is what an off-the-shoulder neckline achieves. The bold display of your shoulders while adding those straps that barely skim your shoulders makes this design very interesting and fashionable. Add this design factor to a snug-fitting silhouette, like a fit and flare design, and the drama is even greater.
The Loraina Y11634 from the Sophia Tolli collection shows us why this design works so well. Try to imagine this dress with a plain strapless neckline or with cap-sleeves. You will realize how it wouldn’t work the same way, with any of these. It is the simple addition of the off-the-shoulder neckline that makes it chic. The fit and flare silhouette in lace contributes to it even more, and makes it a masterpiece in entirety.
If the back of your dress is done artistically, it is a sure way to ensure you look glamorous on your wedding day. From beautiful illusion details, to cut-outs and daring deep necklines, there are many ways to make the back of your dress stand out. While a fully exposed or daring dip in the back will look too sexy to be considered glamorous, it will be very stylish when you sport a dress with a deep back that is done just right.
Take a look at this 1347 Angelina Faccenda wedding dress. The back is kept simple with just a deep dip framed by beautiful lace appliques. Although it exposes the entire back, it does so with elegance, and this factor makes this dress a dazzling beauty from all angles. Also, the cap sleeves frame the ornate back in the most impressive manner. Not only does it support the bust area, it is sensational in the most classic way.
Your wedding day is a celebration like no other. So, this is the day when you should make sure that you look as special as you feel. Choosing a glamorous dress will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd, and be a bride that everyone will remember long after your wedding. Additionally, with a glamorous dress, you do not have to worry much about choosing accessories that add to your look, as your dress will itself be attractive enough to make a mark. So, tell us, which of the features we mentioned above would you like to try on your wedding day?
At Best for Bride, our wedding dress collection includes all the dazzling beauties featured here, and many, many more. So, visit our online gallery today and take a look at what is on offer. For all your wedding day needs, including your bridesmaids dresses, wedding accessories, jewelry and all services you need, check out our website.
The neckline of your wedding dress has a vital role in determining how you look. But, of course, not every neckline looks good on a bride, only the ones that flatter her figure and facial features will create the best impact.
Here is a roundup of the various neckline types seen in our wedding gowns at Best for Bride. Read on to find out which of these will best suit you before you go shopping for your dream dress.
Wedding dresses come in all sizes, shapes and patterns. To choose a suitable wedding dress, there are several factors that the bride has to pay attention to. One of these is the sleeve length. The right size determines your wedding day look and helps you feel comfortable and confident.
Additionally, the sleeve length suggests whether a dress suits the type of wedding you have planned. For example, strapless gowns are not usually modest enough for traditional church weddings.
Let us now look at the various types of sleeves that wedding dresses feature and what characterizes them.