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What are the most popular wedding dress sleeve lines?

Which wedding dress sleeve type flatters your body shape?

Wedding Dress Sleeve Types are another important aspect of your wedding gown. The sleeve fabric doesn’t have to be of the same fabric as the wedding gown. Often they are made out of lace, tulle or netting, which creates the stylish “almost bared” arms look. The decision whether to have sleeves or not should be based on the formality of the wedding , the season and the size of your arms. If you have big arms you don’t want them to show in a sleeve less dress or in unflattering sleeve length, that is finishing on your fullest part of your arm You need to choose a style and length that creates visual balance in your overall wedding dress look.

 

Overview of wedding dress sleeve types

Balloon

Bell

Cap

Juliette

Long illusion

Petal

Poet

Three quarter

T-shirt

Wrist

 

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Table of wedding dress sleeve styles that go best with which body shape

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Neat Hourglass Full Hourglass Pear Apple Inverted Triangle Lean Column Rectangle
Balloon              
Bell              
Cap              
Juliette              
Long illusion              
Petal              
Poet              
Three-quarter Sleeve
T-shirt/Short Sleeve
Long Sleeve
Wrist Sleeve

 

Table of which wedding dress sleeve type works best with each arm size

•• these suggestions are generalized- there always exceptions to the rule

  Small Arms Average Big
Balloon      
Bell      
Cap      
Juliette      
Long illusion      
Petal      
Poet      
Three-quarter Sleeve
T-shirt/Short Sleeve  
Long Sleeve
Wrist Sleeve

 

Glossary of the wedding dress sleeve types

Balloon sleeve style is balloon shaped over the upper arm down to the elbow and narrows from the elbow to the wrist. This sleeve type goes often with a big wedding dress skirt.

Bell sleeve is fitted from the shoulder to the elbow or mid-forearm and flares out to the wrist or above the wrist.

Cap sleeve is a short sleeve just covering the shoulders. Usually it is combined with scoop or boat neck necklines.

Juliette Sleeve is a long fitted sleeve puffed at the shoulders. This sleeve is referred to as well as the Shakespearean sleeve and often combined with an Empire or Sheath wedding dress.

Long illusion sleeve is a fitted “illusion sleeve” that goes down to the wrist. Normally made out of sheer fabric that covers it up, but at the same time hardly will show. This transparent style is a popular choice when you don’t won’t to show too much bared skin on your wedding day, but still keeps the theme of the wedding and wedding dress. Many times sheer sleeve has worked in lace patterns and embellishments.

Long Sleeve is a fitted sleeve that finishes off above the wrist or at wrist length. It is a popular choice for winter weddings and a formal elegant classic wedding dress style.

Petal Sleeve is known as well as the “Tulip Sleeve”. Its shape is a cress-cross over the bicep of the arm.

Poet sleeve gathers at the shoulders and flares out in volume from shoulder to cuff where it is fitted to the forearm.

Three quarter sleeve length is normally a fitted style starting from the shoulders and finishing at the midpoint between elbow and wrist. It is a modern classic that is current and yet demure. Plus it still allows for arm accessories.

T-shirt sleeve as well called the short sleeve. This sleeve length goes from the shoulders to the middle of the upper arm. It is a great choice for adding structure to the wedding dress without overpowering other style lines of the wedding dress.

Wrist sleeve usually covers the wrist joint and finishes right before the hand. It is perfect choice for winter weddings and for visually lengthening your arm length.


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