The Most Distinctly Stunning Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses

November 23, 2011

I have always thought sleeves on a wedding dress give a blushing bride a demure air of elegance, create a sleek silhouette and immediately evoke reflections of a more graceful and refined time. After so many years of strapless bodiced bridal gowns, I do believe it is time for a sleeve revival!

The beautiful Toile Francais from Claire Pettibone‘s magical 2012 Beau Monde collection recalls the Art Nouveau movement with its Edwardian elegance and French flamboyance, the opulence of an era never again recaptured after the devastating World Wars.

Long sleeved, french toille bridal gown - CLAIRE PETTIBONE Toile Francais (Claire Pettibone to be stocked in Australia shortly)

This pretty French corded lace wedding dress by Collette Dinnigan is more whimsical but equally as romantic.

Long Sleeved, French Corded Lace Wedding Dress by Collette Dinnigan (Collette Dinnigan stocked across Australia)

Elizabeth Filmore creates a more sophististcated silhouette with lace over a satin sheath dress.

Long Sleeved Lace Bridal Gown Elizabeth Fillmore - SANDRINE (Elizabeth Filmore available from Anna Dafonte)

Jenny Packham cleverly created 3 distinct long sleeved bridal designs in her 2011 collection – Antonella a glamorous gown inspired by the sultry 1940s  stars of the silver screen; the cute and chic Dido with its feather fringing and slinky Yevonde, so reminiscent of the 1930s.

Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses from Jenny Packham 2011 - Antonella, Dido & Yevonde Jenny Packham available from Helen Rodrigues, Australia)

For a more bohemian bride, the one sleeved Florence by Johanna Johnson is relaxed but effortlessly elegant.

Lace, Long Sleeved Bridal Gown by Johanna Johnson - Florence (Johanna Johnson available to buy Online)

Monique Lhuillier‘s Moment from her 2012 collection features adorned floral lace sleeves on a more modern shape.

Long Sleeved, Mermaid Wedding Dress 2012 by Monique Lhuillier - Moment (Monique Lhuillier available from Helen Rodrigues, Australia)

Of course I couldn’t write a post on long sleeved wedding dresses without a reference to the most looked at wedding dress this century! You can always trust a royal wedding to start a trend:

First Queen Victoria with her white wedding dress……

Queen Victoria's Wedding Dress

Then Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in her drop waisted (short sleeved!) dress and cap veil……

Bride Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in 1923 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

Queen Elizabeth in her highly embellished wedding dress, in 1947……

Queen Elizabeth's Wedding Dress 1947

And in the 1980s it was Princess Diana with her meringue of a bridal gown…… 

Princess Diana's Wedding Dress

This year it was Catherine Middleton’s turn!……

Duchess of Cambridge Wedding Dress

Duchess of Cmabridge Wedding Dress Details

And what a dress it was, a deep v lace neckline over a beautiful sweetheart bodice with a lace adorned satin skirt and the most elegant long, lace sleeves. Created by designer Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, it was both traditional and timelessly chic, absolutely fit for a Princess! It is little wonder that the most anticipated bridal dress of the decade has influenced so many bridal designers and inspired so many beautiful dresses……

Kate by Aire Barcelona captures perfectly each and every detail of the Duchess of Cambridge’s celebrated dress.

Lace Sleeves Satin Wedding Dress by Aire Barcelona 2012 - Kate (Aire Barcelona stocked in Australia by Peter Trends Bridal)

Lace Sleeves Satin Wedding Dress by Aire Barcelona 2012 - Kate Back

Catherine by Monique Lhuillier was actually conceived of long before the Royal Wedding, although clearly there are similarities.

Long Sleeved Lace Wedding Dress by MONIQUE LHUILLIER SS12 - Catherine (Monique Lhuillier available from Helen Rodrigues, Australia)

Of course, it is not just the British Royal family that sets trends – some 55 years after Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco, her Helen Rose (MGM’s Academy Award winning costume designer) dress is still inspiring brides and designers alike.

Grace Kelly's Wedding Dress

This long sleeved bridal gown by Rosa Clara is an almost exact replica of the wedding dress that is still considered by many as the most chic wedding dress of all time.

Grace Kelly inspired long sleeve wedding dress - Rosa Clara 211 Adorno

Grace Kelly inspired long sleeve wedding dress - Rosa Clara 211 Adorno Back

 They even do a Grace Kelly inspired cap veil – beautiful!

Rosa Clara Grace Kelly inspired Cap Veil

(Rosa Clara available from Peter Trends Bridal)

It seems long sleeved wedding dresses are no longer destined to be the reluctant choice of a winter bride, but a happy alternative for a bold bride wishing to evoke eras past or create a contemporary look, unique to them!

Amy

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5 Responses to “The Most Distinctly Stunning Long Sleeved Wedding Dresses”

  1. Christina Francis says:

    Amazing gowns….

    Just keep looking looking n looking…. hoping it never ends..

  2. Amy says:

    I hope long sleeves aren’t going anywhere for a while – I ♥ them!
    In fact I am working on a new post to share some of the latest long sleeved dresses from the 2013 collections :-) so keep looking!

  3. Naomi says:

    Gowns so beautiful so hard to choose. One lovely. dress after another.

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