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SOS! We want wedding dresses with sleeves and straps!

If strapless wedding dresses just ain’t your thing, take a look at our chic and stylish alternatives.


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If you’re sick of strapless gowns here’s our guide to wedding dresses with sleeves and straps.

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Pronovias, David Fielden, Amsale

For every bride who loves a strapless wedding dress, there are ten others who absolutely hate the look. It’s been accused of looking dated, universally unflattering and just darn inconvenient with all the constant hiking up and readjustment that’s involved.

Thankfully however, no one is forcing you to wear a strapless wedding dress if you don’t want to. As you know, sleeves come in every shape and size and there are plenty of alternatives for the bride who wants more.

Charming Caps

Feminine fabrics and exquisite details updated the cap sleeve bridal gown on the runways. Super cute and feminine they’re perfect for those brides-to-be who want their shoulders covered up, but their arms still to be free. Be warned however, cap sleeves are one of the hardest styles of sleeve to wear. They either cut straight across the least flattering part of your arm, or look like little wings, so shop carefully.

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Anoushka G, Benjamin Adams, Charlotte Balbier, Alfred Angelo

Hello halter

The halter neck wedding dress is a huge trend. All over the runways of London and New York these sexy necklines put all the focus on your shoulders and décolletage. If you’re looking to show off a pair of gorgeous toned shoulders then there’s nothing like a halter neckline style wedding dress to do this. In the past, halter wedding dresses have been a rare find, but this season, bridal designers seemed to have embraced the look.  A halter wedding dress will look outstanding on a bride who has a great posture – with strong shoulders and a straight back.

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Yolan Cris, Pronovias, Elizabeth Fillmore, David Fielden

One shoulder wonders

Flattering and fashionable, asymmetrical necklines give classic bridal gowns a stylish and updated twist. The one-shouldered look has existed since the togas of ancient Greece, but is clearly having a moment on today’s red carpets, ready-to-wear runways, and in recent bridal fashion collections. The neckline is flattering on most body types. It’s a brilliant way to show off your shoulders and collarbone with a bit more coverage than a strapless style would allow. With the one shoulder you can emphasise a slender top half and disguise a bigger bottom half.

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David Fielden, Circa Brides, Amsale, Romona Keveza

Wear your heart on your sleeve

We at WJ love the sleeve.  Ever since Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen wedding dress we have entered into a love affair with the full length sleeve. The runways were steeped in long-sleeve looks. Brides who decide on a wedding dress with long sleeves are making a statement that they don’t need to bare all in order to be a standout. Long sleeves can be modest, or they can be every bit as sexy as a strapless or sheath wedding dress. Look for lacy or floral embellishments or even some bling to give the sleeves a hint of your own personal style.

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Carla Ruiz, Pronovias, Annasul Y, Alan Hannah