Are Sleeves The New Strapless?

A custom consult starts with me listening, and my client talking about her wedding and her dress vision. At some time during this chat, almost every woman I meet lists something she doesn't like about her body. The most common complaint is arms. I don't know why the gorgeous ladies I see aren't in love with their arms, yet this has been my observation. So over the years, I have made many beautiful wedding gowns and evening dresses with sleeves.

September brides in custom wedding dresses with long sleeves 

It seems that the bridal gown industry is starting to catch on. Which is great, because sleeves are beautiful for everyone, they are chic, sexy, elegant. Even ladies that like their arms have been asking me about sleeves. 

Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton know what's up. 

Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton know what's up. 

Thinking of going long-sleeved yourself? A few things to keep in mind:

  • The more fitted the sleeve, the more slimming the silhouette. The secret? A few buttons at the wrist or invisible zippers.
  • To check the fit, hug your mom. That’s right. If you can wrap your arms around her without moving the rest of your dress–it fits!
  • Sleeves that end just over the wrist, a la Kate Middleton, elongate the armand they’re devastatingly chic.