A long sleeve gown is the perfect option for winter weddings, but you can also wear them in the summer as well, just choose a very lightweight fabric such as lace or silk tulle and a style that isn’t too tight and allows your skin to breathe. While strapless and off-the-shoulder gowns are chic and elegant, long sleeves are just as stylish! If you are having a traditional church wedding, this is by far the most desirable choice.
Long sleeves can be sexy too, especially if you combine them with a sweetheart neckline or a V-neck. Remember the stunning Alexander McQueen gown Kate Middleton wore for her wedding in 2011? This dress was conceived as a modernised version of Grace Kelly’s wedding gown and it featured a semi-full skirt, V-neck and long sleeves made from delicate lace. It continues to inspire designers, but also brides around the world. This season we have seen several very similar models on catwalks which we think are ideal for traditional weddings.
Monique Lhuillier designed a gorgeous Chantilly lace gown that has the same shape and silhouette like Kate’s. It features a big tulle skirt with lace overlay, sweetheart bodice with illusion V-neck and long sleeves. This dress is very glamorous and princess-like, and was accessorised with sandals and a simple tulle veil. There are also two other charming long-sleeved gowns in this collection. One of them is a column-shaped lace dress with illusion neckline, daring slit at the front and tulle overskirt, while the other one has an A-line silhouette and features a classical sweetheart bodice, illusion neckline and a floral lattice embellished sheath.
We spotted another Kate Middleton inspired wedding dress at the Temperley show. It is made from luxurious French lace with silk lining that accentuates the floral design. Both skirt and long sleeves were finished with an elegant scalloped edge, while the A-line silhouette shows off female curves perfectly. Alice Temperley’s spring 2015 bridal collection also features a column wedding dress with lace overskirt, straight neckline and long lace sleeves.
One of Carolina Herrera’s dresses from her bridal collection also resembles Kate’s dress, but it has a tight bodice in sand colour, plunging neckline and a white A-line skirt with lace overlay. There is also a white column dress with illusion neck and elegant lace sleeves.
Marchesa spring 2015 bridal collection includes some delicate long sleeve designs as well. Our favourite look is her dreamy ball gown with puffy tulle skirt, white satin sheath, illusion neck and lace sleeves. She also used three quarter lace sleeves for her white cocktail dresses, as well as for her tea-length wedding gown and a fit-and flare design with mermaid tail made from tulle.
We absolutely loved Reem Acra’s latest bridal collection because it is so sophisticated and elegant at the same time with strategically distributed sparkly embellishments. The collection features two adorable dresses with long sleeves. One of them is white and ethereal with transparent tulle overlay, illusion neck and glittery ornaments scattered across tightly fitted bodice and long sleeves. The second one features a white column skirt and a slim fit bodice with long sleeves in champagne colour. Both dresses were styled with metallic sandals and bejewelled hand accessories made from tulle.
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