Strapless dresses are by far the most common and popular option for bride-to-be’s. You only need to look at a bridal catalogue or at the front of a bridal boutique to see that, for any bride hoping to show off her arms, there are plenty of options.
But there are signs that might be changing, if only slowly.
Following the royal wedding of Kate Middleton to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, a flutter of excitement grew around adding back traditional sleeves. While Kate’s gown featured hand crafted, one of a kind lace that ‘paid homage’ to past royals, the bridal industry didn’t merely try to copy the traditional design.
As long sleeved gowns continue to fill the market, there are choices from traditional to modern to daring. The best part: not only do long sleeved gowns provide more coverage; they are also excellent selections for the religiously conservative, or even for cold weather weddings.
Whatever you’re looking for, the long sleeve wedding dress collection from Diamond Bridal proves that this style is anything but outdated.
- Looking for Something Edgy and Form Fitting? Try the Gold Collection: The Gold Collection offers the largest selection of long sleeved dresses, and leans towards the more form fitting, modern, and daring. Style Amadea is a fitted ivory mermaid with heavy beading over the entire bodice, and daring illusion peek-a-boos running from the collar to the very lower back. The illusion sleeves are off the shoulder and add just the right level of sophistication, while an optional attachable tulle skirt lets you go from ceremony to reception. Barely-there sleeves on Style Amani give the illusion of flowered vines in mocha tone and mimic the skin tight, beaded and lace mermaid silhouette. The Fabien gown also has a dramatic mermaid silhouette, but in a more traditional ivory tulle and looser, illusion lace sleeves that show skin in a gentler way.
- Get a Bohemian Look-Voyage Collection: The Voyage Collection, as a whole, is ethereal, even bohemian. Long sleeves are a surprising but pleasant addition that draw less attention to themselves but instead complement the dress. Bell sleeves with antique lace are whimsical, feminine, and free spirited touches to this fitted A-Line in ivory or nude. Floral appliques at the cuff with classic button make the sleeves on this style an elegant but light take on illusion sleeves. Beaded crystals on the low v-neck bodice are almost princess-like, but the addition of barely there long sleeves with floral notes makes this dress a great choice for a destination wedding.
- Feeling the Kate Middleton Vibe? Try the Blush Collection: The Blush Collection is your best bet for traditional gowns that embrace long sleeves wholeheartedly. Vine and paisley patterned lace graces long sleeves with a keyhole back, scalloped collar, and borders a soft sweetheart neckline. Together with a bell shaped ball gown and corset lace up, Style SB008 channels Middleton but with a distinctly American twist. Taking a nod from classic british Honiton lace, three quarter length sleeves look both traditional and modern on Style SB028. What’s so great about the sleeves on this dress is how the elaborate and traditional leaf and floral lace pairs with a simple and almost sleek panelled, full skirt and dramatic train.
Outside of these collections, you can also check the many designers Bridal Diamond Gallery carries for other long-sleeve choices. From elaborate to barely there, sleeves are rocking the bridal world.