Monday, 12 December 2011

Up My Sleeve

“Know, first, who you are; and then adorn yourself accordingly.”  – Epictetus

After perusing some of my favourite designers’ Spring 2012 collections, I noticed that sleeves are a comeback.  I have always been a big fan of sleeved wedding dresses (especially beaded cap sleeves) as I find them very romantic and modest for your walk down the aisle.  Unfortunately, majority of the dresses found in salons are strapless, which is frustrating for many brides that are not comfortable without the added support.  Dresses are now being featured with feminine, sheer sleeves, beaded shoulder embellishments, lace, simple cap sleeves, one shoulder sleeves, and off the shoulder sleeves. I personally welcome this fad as I don’t think every girl can or should attempt to wear a strapless gown but many have not had options in the past.  For some brides, strapless dresses come with the fear that they will constantly have to readjust their dress, they might look busty or they simply prefer being more covered up and avoid the risk of flashing too much skin.  It seems that designers are paying attention and have met those requests with their new looks.  I’m sure it also helps that the Duchess of Cambridge sported a stylish long sleeved gown making many brides-to-be consider this style.  Furthermore, many places of worship require a bride's shoulders to be covered, so these dresses are not only fashionable but also lend themselves to such requests. 

Below is a collection of beautiful bridal gowns with sleeves that just barely skim the shoulder all the way to sleeves that graze the wrist bone.

Parma Opal, Damask and Foxglove

Calista and Desiree


Catherine (how original!?)

When it comes to your wedding day, less is not always more.

Yours truly,


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