Thursday, April 14, 2011

Not your mother's sleeve...

Ok, I know what everyone thinks of when the words sleeve and wedding dress are used in the same sentence. Big. Pouffy. Princess Diana. Scary. Well, let me tell you, sleeves are one their way back and they are fabulous! Cap sleeves started showing up and have been making a place for themselves in the bridal line up. But this season, the look was a tailored, feminine, long sleeve. Most of these sleeves are done in lace with a little tulle thrown in the mix. Gorgeous!

I think the biggest reason that this look is making its' way back is the Royal Wedding. As much as we all love our strapless wedding gowns, that is not as formal a silhouette as sleeves are. And Kate must be completely proper in her dress that day which more than likely means sleeves. Given her fashion choices in the past, I don't see her going with the Leg of Mutton sleeves that Princess Diana rocked on her wedding day.

*Disclaimer - I love love love Princess Diana's dress! What girl didn't want that dress growing up?! But it is slightly dated...

Here are some of the fabulous dresses that were shown at Spring Market this past weekend!

This gorgeous gown from Modern Trousseau is simply stunning!
It is named for Jackie Kennedy - can't you just see her wearing this?

This dress speaks to a modern bride that is looking for traditional elements in her gown.
Gown, Legends by Ramona Keveza

Monique Lhuillier's all lace gown is so elegant!

I love the use of both lace and tulle on this Oscar de la Renta!

Vera Wang did a gorgeous cap sleeve on this gown that a daring bride would adore!
As you can see, these sleeves are pretty fabulous! They would make any girl that only ever considered strapless wedding gowns take pause and think about sleeves! Which one is your favorite...I think mine is Kennedy!

Much love,

The Bridal Belle

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