For a decade, a strapless gown seemed to be the inevitable choice for both bridal designers and brides. But today, sleeves have become big news. They may be just a small cap or a full-length sleeve, but they represent a major shift in bridal design. The addition of a sleeve also changes the bodice of a gown and we are seeing a variety of neckline options.
With A Cape
Sometimes a strapless dress is worn with a coverup for the ceremony and formal pictures, but removed for the reception, informal pictures or for dancing. The plus factor: they instantly add an old Hollywood glam effect to any bridal gown.
With A Cap Sleeve
A sweetheart neckline, cut as low as a strapless, offers décolletage for a sexy look. A high neckline can give elegance and drama. The plus factor: a cap sleeve allows wearing a bra with straps which offers extra support to women with large breasts.
With A Long Sleeve
A long sleeve can most often be seen in sheer or lace. Current designs are showing a very narrow, slim long sleeve. The plus factor: A three-quarter or long sleeve is much more flattering than strapless for women with large upper arms.