Thursday November 18, 2010
Trend Report: Wedding Dress Sleeves
–Monica Cotton, Luxury Style Expert
Chances are when you envision a wedding dress, regardless of the silhouette, the image is that of a strapless dress, but that was not always the case. Historically, wedding day styles were dictated by the customs and trends of the day, which generally were demure and covered up. As recently as the 1980s to the mid-1990s, modest wedding gowns with long sleeves, exaggerated shoulders, high necklines and full skirts reigned supreme.
A major trend shift began in the mid to late 1990s when brides began requesting sexier more streamlined looks with plunging V-necks, strapless necklines and sleeveless gowns that showcased bare arms. Once the strapless looks came on the scene, they dominated. During this period, the only designs with sleeves generally were extremely conservative and worn for traditional or religious ceremonies.
The tides seem to be shifting once again. Recent shows feature gowns with all manners of sleeves in varying lengths and styles. Designers now create vintage looks that evoke the style sensibility of different eras ranging from the Jazzy feel of the ’20s and ’30s to the retro glam styles of the ’40s and ’50s.
Also thrown into the mix are modern, fashion forward designs with abstract cuts and details. These new flattering gowns allow the brides to really show off their personal style. They now no longer need to wear cookie cutter princess dresses in order to “look like a bride.”
Temperley of London