A sleeved or sleveless wedding dress?

11 Jun 2019

Off the shoulder wedding dress

When deciding whether to wear sleeves, or to go sleeveless on your wedding day, it’s helpful to consider seasonal practicality, the areas you want to show off (and any you want to cover) and balancing the dress style.  

If you’re planning an Autumn/Winter wedding, a sleeved dress provides cover-up and added warmth.  Similarly, sleeves can be chosen for a more formal look, to support a ruffled bustline, cover any skin imperfections, or to balance the hip area.

empire line dress with sleeves

With over 200 wedding dress styles, both with sleeves and sleeveless, the experienced team at Modes are on-hand to provide support and guidance.  If your chosen style doesn’t include ready-made sleeves, the in-house workroom can add them in.

 

Popular sleeve styles

The off-the-shoulder (‘cold shoulder’) look remains a popular choice for most seasons.  Other sleeved styles include peplum, capped sleeves that can be strategically placed on the arms and the angel (long cape) sleeve, of which the sleeves are the focal point of the dress.   

Sleeves can be made in a range of fabrics, (e.g. minimalistic crepe, European lace, classic Dior or beaded art deco), incorporating the same fabric as the dress.  Personal touches, such as overlap of peplum and a hint of blush or nude can be also incorporated. Ruffles add a feminine touch, however as they can bring height down, height and weight should be considered first.

If you opt to go without sleeves and show off the back, the racerback style is a popular sleeveless option. Other classy alternatives to sleeves include faux fur, stoles and shrugs, all of which can be made to order.

Racer back dress

Racer back wedding dress

For more information about both sleeved and sleeveless styles, get in touch with the experienced team at Modes Bridal Boutique.  View samples of our current modes collections or make an appointment today to create your perfect wedding dress 09 520 6070.