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To sleeve, or not to sleeve: that is the question

July 2017

When choosing a wedding dress many women do not consider what sleeves can add to their look. The couture wedding dress sleeve is making a comeback and the modern twists are simply irresistible. 


Adorned Long Sleeves

Maggie Sottero’s wedding gown designs illustrate how sleeves can be adorned. The delicate lace motifs on the shoulders and cuffs of the Rosaleigh bodysuit act as a barely-there sleeve for any ladies on the fence about the full sleeve.

The Blanche is another example of Sottero’s graceful embrace of the sleeve. The illusion bodice is embellished with beaded lace applique and finished off with a beaded neckline which gives the sleeve even more of a shine.

What are we thinking ladies – To sleeve?


Adorned Long Sleeves

Cuffed Sleeves

Sleeves don’t have to be full-length. The cuff can have a soft yet refined effect.  Pronovias’ Orville design draws attention to the collarbones and gives the illusion of pulled-back shoulders. The shoulder embellishment mimics jewellery and looks even lovelier with its matching belt.

The Orive has a softer lace cuff with a high neckline. Lace ornamenting on the shoulders is always a polished look for any bride – youthful yet traditional.


Cuffed Sleeves

No Sleeves

There is something undeniably charming about a bride with exposed shoulders. It adds femininity to the body like no other look can. The sweetheart neckline is stunning as the shoulders and collarbones demand the limelight.

Sofia Tolli’s Jillian and Prinia wedding gowns take advantage of the not to sleeve. Instead, the bodice is beautifully embellished. This creates a charming addition to a classic style that is popular for the simple reason that it is gorgeous.


No Sleeves

Off-the-shoulder sleeves

Ladies, don’t forget that you are entitled to the best of both worlds. Partially expose your feminine shoulders with an off-the-shoulder design. This is playful and festive yet delightfully chic. The Dracma and Drinea from the Pronovias collection proves it.

You can choose to have sleeves, no sleeves, cuffed sleeves or, if you are struggling to decide, off-the-shoulder sleeves. They are all stunning.  Now all that is left to ask yourself is: To sleeve, or not to sleeve?

Contact us today for a wedding gown fitting, in Gauteng, so you can see exaclty what works for you.

Off-the-shoulder sleeves