Lace And Sleeves Making A Comeback In Wedding Dress Design

by admin on February 5, 2014

Brides.com reviews the latest wedding runway fashions and more lace and sleeves are in!   Check them out HERE.

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Marozia February 6, 2014 at 1:56 am

One does tend to get a little bored with the same ho-hum strapless dresses. While that style suits some people, there are some it does not flatter.
What the model above is wearing is very flattering and stylish. Hooray for lace and sleeves again!!!!

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Barb February 6, 2014 at 8:45 am

Yes, Hooray!! there are very FEW figures that look good in a strapless dress. Most of them have so much boning that they look like an edifice rather than a garment.
A little modesty is always becoming to a bride. No one needs to see all your cleavage.

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Dora February 6, 2014 at 12:09 pm

About time! The sleeveless look just isn’t flattering for everyone.

I had wondered when Kate Middleton’s gown was revealed if it would bring back sleeves in wedding dresses.

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Wendy B. February 6, 2014 at 12:33 pm

First bridal shop I went to (over 2 years ago) told me I’d never find gowns with sleeves because they weren’t in. Found mine at another shop about an hour away…the local shop lost business because of the owner’s attitude. I’m glad to see they’re making a fashionable comeback…but they never really left. You just had to look for them. :)

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Barb February 7, 2014 at 8:29 am

you can always find them if you search for “LDS wedding gowns”.

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Alice February 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

You are right – they are amazing! I’d never even heard of that before. Who knew that “modest” simply meant “sleeves”?

I too am pleased to see the waning of the strapless trend – I for one definitely don’t have the figure for one, being broad shouldered.

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Wendy B. February 10, 2014 at 10:46 am

I just searched Wedding Gowns and found tons. I don’t know why LDS would be needed in a search.
The really sad part was, I wanted to deal local. She lost a sale because of her attitude. :(

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Enna February 8, 2014 at 7:15 am

It’s good that it’s coming back into fasion as it gives people more choice.

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Mae February 10, 2014 at 9:28 am

What a gorgeous dress! Love, love, love the lace detailing and sleeves.

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tessa February 11, 2014 at 6:27 am

Yes, thank you for endorsing more material in the gowns. Strapless gowns make me nervous, especially when the bride keeps tugging up the sides. Some of the gowns are pretty and probably cost a fortune, but clearly don’t don’t flatter the bride at all. Kate M. had the right idea.

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AS February 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm

I was reading once that it is easier for designers to make strapless dresses, because they don’t have to give extra thought to the strap, matching neckline, etc. I could not find the original article that I was reading, but here is another one from Jezebel:
http://jezebel.com/5911457/strapless-wedding-dresses-we-are-on-to-your-bullshit

During my wedding, I went for a non-white, full-length “bridesmaid” dress, with an awesome off the shoulder sleeves. Just because Queen Victoria wore white doesn’t mean that I should wear white too; and strapless looks awful on me (I would have loved laces, but didn’t find any that I liked in the color I had wanted; and given that I wore my late mother’s gold with ruby and pearl jewelry, I had to make the dress simple, lest I look too gaudy). The local non-chain bridal store was awesome and very accommodating. I got a red-carpet worthy look, I did end up saving a LOT with my choice of dress, and I can wear it once again for a formal ball or something without giving away that it is my wedding dress.

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anonymous February 15, 2014 at 3:50 am

Now we can only hope that colored wedding gowns will come back into style after a 100-150 years of being uncommon.

Down with the tyranny of white and all its beige-eggshell-champagne-ivory minions!

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Kaymar February 15, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I really wanted sleeves but could not find anything I liked in a local / affordable store that had them. Sigh. I’m going to tell myself that I will be one of the few people who do look OK in strapless.

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another Laura February 18, 2014 at 9:58 am

If it’s not too late, try this site: http://www.abbydress.com/wedding-dresses/custom/lace.html
I just played around with it and you can choose fabric, sleeve length, neckline, style, embellishment, silhouette, color trimming, and they all seem reasonably priced, in the $200.00 range

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Kaymar February 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Aw, sadly it is too late, but thank you for this! If I have huge dress regret between now and the wedding, I may check it out :)

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MollyMonster February 25, 2014 at 11:32 am

You could look for a bolero or a lace overlay that buttons in the back. Rosa Clara and maybe Pronovias make them. It is a good way to add modesty and/or interest to a strapless dress. And it is removable so if you get too hot or want to really dance, you can take it off and boogie down unrestricted.

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delislice February 17, 2014 at 3:36 pm

I second what Barb said — hooray! It takes a particular kind of build and figure to really look good in a strapless gown, and 90 percent of us don’t have it. And the way dress designers have got round that is by putting in so much boning that the top sticks out like a castle’s crenellated tower.

Plus, there’s the inevitable tug … tug … tug …

And, as Miss Manners has pointed out, technically strapless dresses are ball gowns.

But anyway — hooray!

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Mer February 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm

One more against strapless gowns. Or not against in the sense that someone else using them bothers me, but I happen to be rather busty and it’s easier to find needle in the haystack than find bra that is supportive enough and does not have straps. Or even has straps that can be changed to transparent ones.

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Shoegal February 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

I’m for having ALL styles available for a wedding dress. Strapless, sleeves, halter, etc. . . there should be a lot of OPTIONS not just one style. Look at any bride from the last 8 years and we are all wearing the same dress!! Some strapless number with just some different beading or lace or material or sash or whatever. Yes, I had a strapless gown – and believe me the majority of dresses I tried on were strapless because that was really all there was.

I did not buy my dress at David’s Bridal – but I was there when my girlfriend was choosing her gown. We asked if they had any with sleeves. She said there isn’t one – they are all strapless. The consultant said the most they could do was “add” sleeves. They had a couple to choose from. I don’t care if strapless was “in style” at the time – but why did that have to mean that the vast majority of dresses available all had to be strapless? You couldn’t have a lot of gown that had sleeves to look at too – not just the one or two rare ones a salon would have available?

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MaudieZ February 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

Thank God sleeves are making a comeback…I’m tired of seeing way too much flesh oozing out over the sides of most wedding & bridesmaid dresses ala’ porn star. Unless you’re small busted and very toned, strapless is NOT the style for you (whatever happened to the fashion trend of dressing to flatter your good points and playing down the not-so-good?). Guess everyone wants to be “sexy” these days. I’ve read that most of the dresses out there – wedding or other – are sleeveless due to the manufacturers wish for you to buy a sweater/jacket/bolero to go over the bodice – which, of course, provides extra cash flow for them.

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EJ April 19, 2014 at 3:41 pm

I am super busty and when I got married there were only two manufacturers who would make my bust size. On a custom order….how rude to not make a size but I digress. I did find out through my research, and I sew so I can back up the logic, that the reason that manufacturers love strapless is adding sleeves is a LOT more work. Plus it is difficult to pull off a cute sleeve where one can still raise your arms. Bonny Bridal is another really stylish modest bridal site, so they offer sleeves (and strapless too but I got one from them with spaghetti rhinestone straps which helped A LOT)

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