Long-sleeve wedding gowns are suitable for the demure bride
Long-sleeve wedding gowns have been a favorite with brides throughout the ages. Usually part of traditional wedding attire, long sleeves allow a touch of modesty to the gown, and lend a sophisticated and demure look. A majority of high profile weddings have featured a variety of long-sleeved wedding gowns in various hues and styles. A long-sleeve gown is characterized quite naturally by sleeves, which extend up to, or beyond the wrist. Buttons are often attached in order to make narrow or fitted sleeves easier to wear. More modern designs often feature Juliet sleeves, which are among one of the most popular juxtapositions of the long sleeve style; a puff at the shoulder narrows at the upper arm and extends up to the wrist as a closely fitted long sleeve.
Most classic wedding gown designers prefer adding full-length sleeves to their gowns, firstly due to the feeling of elegance they convey, and secondly, due to some more down-to-earth reasoning’s such as providing camouflage for those who consider their arms and biceps unflattering. This is not, in fact, restricted to those who are on the plumper side, but for those who have very thin, or very muscular arms, and desire a more feminine look on their wedding day.
Protection from the sun, or warmth during cold weather, is another reason for long sleeve gowns being as popular as they are. For protection from the cold, the sleeves are generally made of the same material as the gown itself, so silk, organza and other common fabrics are used, and on occasions, the fabric is double layered to ensure more warmth for the wearer. For protection from the heat, fabrics such as denim that has a high SPF [sun protection factor] are used; notably, fabrics such as sheer organza have a very low SPF.
Long lace sleeves are also commonly incorporated as they provide much-desired elements of elegance, delicacy and style to the bridal gown. Various types of classic hand woven lace are used, either on the sleeves, back, and neckline of the dress, or sometimes on the entire dress itself. Lace adds instant mystique and feminine appeal due to its intricate patterning and ability to reveal skin without revealing it in its entirety. Nothing exudes feminine mystique and old world charm more than a blushing bride wearing a classic full-length lace gown with full lace sleeves and a sweetheart neckline. This is the classic feminine appeal, which a majority of brides are looking to channel on their special day.
Whether they are part of a classic style of wedding gown, or attached to a modern corset or avant-garde gown, long sleeves are mandatory for a demure bride who wants her dress to flatter her assets while remaining suitably demure. High-end designers keep a constant supply of long-sleeve wedding gowns, and while it is unlikely that modern editions of wedding gowns will stay in vogue, what is certain is that the classic, ethereal long sleeved wedding gown will live on for generations to come.
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