Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses – why we LOVE them

posted on 20 February 2013 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding Dresses

Heavily influenced by Catherine Middleton’s long, lacy sleeved wedding dress, wedding fashion has taken a turn and veered towards the ultra romantic, incorporating lace and net sleeves just in time for autumn and winter weddings (for those brides in the throws of planning).

Even for those brides after a summer’s day wedding dress, there are capped lace sleeves and lace bodices that are incredible to wear and look at.

It is out with unflattering strapless gowns and a shift to the return of the long-sleeved lace wedding gown, as seen worn by Princess Grace of Monaco at her wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, well over 50 years ago.

No longer are long sleeves regarded as ‘quaint’ or ‘conservative’ or worn only by the Amish or royalty – they’re instead very much the major thrust of wedding designers at the moment. Sober? Yes, perhaps, compared with the plunging necklines and sleeveless renditions to which we have become used.

But when the strapless gown first made an appearance, the reaction then was that it was too risqué, that it was not appropriate and that it lacked sophistication. And yet it has become one of the most popular silhouettes to grace the aisle – as many as 75% of wedding dress designs are strapless, despite being thought of as unattractive by some.

Take a look at designer Monique Lhuillier’s long-sleeved, lacy wedding gowns and you’ll get an idea of the type of long-sleeved romance we’re talking about. Ditto Elie Saab, Jesus Peiro, Pronovias (the Spanish wedding dress collection), Marchesa, Reem Acra, Temperley London and Rosa Clara (simply Google each of them to see images).

These incredible collections reveal lace sleeves, yet sleek, modern shapes, gorgeous textures, illusion necklines (for a contemporary look) and even high necks that are a throwback to fashion history, but this time around have an avant-garde twist that makes them all the more attractive.

If I could, I’d get married all over again, just to wear one of these!

Why do we love them?

  • They’re elegant
  • The interesting necklines
  • They’re a statement
  • They’re subconsciously austere, like royalty, yet incredibly suggestive
  • They’re gorgeous!
  • They’re classic
  • They’re beautiful to wear
  • They’re a return to graceful, serene brides

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