11 Oct 2010

Why you Should Have a Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

Interesting necklines and interesting sleeves make for an interesting dress! Here’s one writer’s research on the fashion, history and modern elegance of long sleeve wedding dresses.

Why would anyone want to have a long sleeve wedding dress?

Long sleeves can easily imply a highly ladylike and modest look regardless of the bodice and neckline cut. It can also effectively bring out the impression of elegant formality.

Wedding dresses have been around for as long as weddings have been. We all know of course that a woman of long ago only had one dress option, a long sleeve wedding dress. It can perhaps be safely assumed that since the medieval era, the long sleeve wedding dress effectively gave off the message of female modesty. A traditional medieval long sleeve wedding dress would have a fully closed neckline and sleeves that went down to cover the fingers. The ancient long sleeve wedding dress however was also a statement of fashion. A wealthy bride could have a long sleeve wedding dress of velvet and damask with trimmings of satin and silk. As part of fashion, sleeve tips could extend down to the floor.

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6 responses to “Why you Should Have a Long Sleeve Wedding Dress”

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    I just wanted to say that I am so glad I found this article. I am in in my mid twenties and so sick of the strapless wedding gowns! Whatever happened to decency and the modest blushing bride? It seems like now most women favor being sexy on their wedding day, not wholsome and good. I think a wedding dress with long sleeves and a high collar speaks so much more than a revealing neckline or strapless. By the way, I love the lace gown shown in this picture. Where is it from?

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    Oo-er! Mine had short sleeves! But at least it had sleeves which is more than can be said for 99% of wedding dresses these days!

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    Add me to the list of women sick of strapless gowns. Not only are they immodest, but they’re nearly always unflattering. Unless you’re among the 0.03% of the population whose upper body is perfectly proportioned, they merely draw attention to your flaws. Why would anyone want that on her wedding day???

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    I’ve heard that this fashion trend is finally on the wane. I hope so. I was married in 1990 and my dress had a “sweetheart” neckline (too low by my standards today .. but fortunately I’m not well-endowed so it wasn’t as offensive as it might have been!) and long sleeves, the back was covered. I’m glad I don’t have an immodest wedding dress picture to have on record for my kids and grandkids to see! I hope my daughter will want to wear this dress, with some fixing in the neckline, if she gets married someday!

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