Monday, May 23, 2016

A Guide to Bridal Gown Sleeves


Last week, you learned all about the different bridal gown silhouettes and necklines offered; today you'll learn the last section: sleeve lengths. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to sleeve length, but don't worry, the guide below will help you distinguish between them.

Strapless: A strapless gown is just as it sounds: there are no straps.

Halter: A halter is created through straps wrapping around the back of the neck.

Spaghetti: A spaghetti-strap gown has thin, single shoulder straps. This gives security, while still showing off a bride's shoulders.

Straps: Gowns with straps feature thicker straps than a spaghetti, attaching at the neckline.

Sleeveless: A sleeveless gown is similar to a gown with straps, only it's one continuous piece of fabric without sleeves.

Cap: Capped sleeves cover the shoulders, but don't extend beyond the armpit.

Flutter: Flutter sleeves are short-sleeves that are wider at the bottom, creating a draped effect.

Short-sleeve: Sleeves of this style extend midway between the shoulder and elbow.

Elbow-sleeve: Elbow-sleeve gowns feature sleeves that extend to the elbow.

3/4-sleeve: These sleeves extend midway between the elbow and wrist.

Long-sleeve: This is the most fabric sleeves can have, with the sleeves going to the wrist.

For spring and summer weddings, I love anything that shows off a bride's shoulders. For fall and winter weddings, I love the idea of covering up a little, whether that be short- or long-sleeves, to tie in the season's weather.

What style of sleeve do you like best?

Dress Sources (from Left to Right):
Strapless 1 2 3 | Halter 1 2 3 | Spaghetti 1 2 3 | Straps 1 2 3 | Sleeveless 1 2 3 | Cap 1 2 3 | Flutter 1 2 3 | Short 1 2 3 | Elbow 1 2 3 | ¾ 1 2 3 | Long 1 2 3

Photography Sources (from Left to Right):
Strapless 1 2 3 | Halter 1 2 3 | Spaghetti 1 2 3 | Straps 1 2 3 | Sleeveless 1 2 3 | Cap 1 2 3 | Flutter 1 2 3 | Short 1 2 3 | Elbow 1 2 3 | ¾ 1 2 3 | Long 1 2 3


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