From puff to flared, capped to lantern, sleeves have proven themselves to be one of the most influential wedding dress features of all time. In this article, we showcase four brands and take a glimpse at how they put a unique spin on the classic sleeve.
With the resumption of Weddings in 2021, we’ve seen a rejuvenation of statement sleeves and their unwavering popularity with brides. The 90’s saw sleeves have their first resurgence and almost 30 years later, brides all over the world have fallen in love with a more modern take on statement sleeves. It goes without saying that a statement sleeve has the ability to completely transform a dress, perfect for the bride who wants an effortless combination of elegance, femininity and drama. Moving from trend to classic, sleeves have proven themselves to be one of the most influential and classic wedding dress features of all time.
Sleeves have had many Royal revivals, from Princess Diana to the more contemporary gowns of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Being a timeless trend, statement sleeves have always made their mark on wedding dresses, and it seems only fitting that they move with us into 2021.
This Lillian West gown (66112) is certain to steal the day: a fit and flare gown featuring gorgeous flutter draped sleeves attached at the back. Made entirely from floral unique lace, the statement sleeves give this dress a timeless touch of femininity, perfect for the modern boho chic bride who wants a touch of drama for her big day.
These airy spotty tulle sleeves steal the show on this fitted, crepe Freda Bennet dress (Marcie) featuring a figure hugging skirt. Creating a modern vintage feel, this dress is perfect for those brides who want to honour the classic silhouette, but still show off their personality on their wedding day.
For those brides looking for a contemporary twist on extravagance, this Justin Alexander Signature Collection dress (9894) features an exquisite fit and flare dress with beaded details on fitted illusion long sleeves. The deep neckline slit and intricate sleeves complete this dress as it embodies understated drama.
This elegant and beautifully understated (Éloïse) Atelier Emilia dress features an ’A’-line tulle skirt, with clean lines and an elegant silhouette. The sweetheart neckline is covered with a Calais lace bust, highlighting sumptuous flounce cap sleeves. The Éloïse dress masters that unique French savoir-fair, perfect for the plethora of brides who want to look effortlessly chic.
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Article main image and thumbnail credits, from left to right: Lillian West, Freda Bennet, Justin Alexander Signature and Atelier Emilia.