To Sleeve or Not to Sleeve? Why You Should Wear a Wedding Gown with Sleeves

December 17, 2010 - by Abby

Ok, so I'm going to let you in on a very strong opinion of mine, one that you may or may not agree with. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, right, and they're not always right or wrong. But in this case, I feel a bit more right than wrong. I'll explain why.

I loathe sleeveless wedding dresses.

Loathe.

But the thing is, it's not your fault. You. The bride, it's your blessed day, and these crap wedding designers are apparently incapable of making sleeves. SLEEVES.

Now, from a sewer's point of view, sleeves are a pain. A major, major, major pain. Seriously. They are the point of discontent amongst designers and sewers. They're tricky buggers where one might go in with ease and no new gray hairs, but that second sleeve. OH, that blasted second sleeve. Dream on. It won't fit, it's too big, it's too small, the armhole is different, the fabric is fraying. The list goes on and on and on. Damn you sleeves.

But I'm an amateur. If you're making commercial, designer, expensive wedding gowns, you better know how to put a damn sleeve in. Or at least be able to hire a seamstress who does.

I am sick to death of strapless wedding gowns and even gowns with little straps. Plus, I really don't think they're all that flattering for most body types. I am a busty girl, and a strapless dress/top is tricky business. It doesn't stay up very well, and then you get these weird fat rolls under your armpits which make you look like a total porker. It's not a good look.

If you're thin, then strapless isn't so miserable, but do you really want to look just like all your friends, sisters, cousins? Just because you have a princess neckline compared to your cousin Jenny, it doesn't really make it all that different.

Again, it's not your fault. It's the designers. Every wedding I've been in or went too, the bride was either in spaghetti straps or strapless. These girls are my best friends. I love them, and they're all fashionable and well dressed. They looked beautiful on their days, but I can't help but to be irked by the fact they didn't really have a huge option of sleeves.

But luckily, I have been doing some research on wedding gowns with sleeves. Blessed, hide everything (i.e. jiggly arm bits we all loathe). I also want to send a personal loud thank you to Princess Victoria of Sweden, who wore little cap sleeves on her amazing wedding gown this June. It was fabulous.

Ok. Enough complaining. Now to the pictures! And I do understand if you don't like some of these. That's not always the point, it's to show that there is now becoming a wider selection of wedding gowns with sleeves, that don't make you look like you're a grandmother or like a Renaissance Faire reject (not hating on RenFaires, I've attended many in my day, I'm just commenting on the bad costumes...I have a degree to validate my opinions. Honest!).

This is great, because if I ever manage to get my sambo to get hitched, I am not wearing a strapless or sleeveless dress. I want my sleeves!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="290" caption="This is great for the romantic girls. Very 1810-1820s. Jane Austen, modernized."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="324" caption="This is soooo 1950s. My friend Melinda would love this!"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="I die. Princess Victoria of Sweden. Obsessed. Perfect off-the-shoulder with little sleeves. Antique lace veil and Empress Josephine's crown from Napoleon. All together now, *sigh*."][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="I love the dropped waist, antique lace, and long sleeves on this gown. It's so old and so new at the same time. Fabulous!"][/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="352" caption="Well, I think we now understand why designers went with the strapless/sleeveless look. 1980s...awesome."][/caption]

Duchess Kate Middleton at the Royal Wedding. Dress by designer Alexander McQueen. At least she's not wearing a silly British hat.

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And finally the Lauren Bush Lauren wedding gown.

Well, now we all know how I feel about this...what do you all think? Any opinions? I'm sure someone disagrees with me...or agrees with me....anyone?

Later-

<3 CWG