Post # 1
Hi bees! First post ever!
So I’m confused about what to do for a dress. I’ve always envisioned something long sleeved. I’m cold all the time, not a big fan of my arms, and I do not have the chest to keep up a strapless! But I can’t find any dresses with sleeves that don’t look like they belong on the Warren Jeffs compound.
But then Kate Middleton happened. And all the designer contest sketches for her dress all have SLEEVES! How long do you girls think before those looks come out in the regular bridal lines if at all? Should I just wait? Or has anyone just taken a sketch to a dressmaker and been happy? Ughh not sure what to do.
The pic is exactly what I’m looking for, its stolen from a Watters sketch on brides.com for the Kate Middleton dress. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? Any advice would be great!
Post # 3
This Justin Alexander dress has long sleeves. If your wedding is not until 2012, I would HIGHLY recommend waiting and giving yourself some time to look at and try on dresses. I do think that since Kate’s dress has sleeves, then this will become trendy and you will be able to find more with sleeves. Also, sleeves can be added onto most dresses by someone good at alterations! Good luck 🙂
Post # 4
If the April 2012 date is correct, then you still have some time before you have to make a decision. I too wanted sleeves. My gown is similar to the one you posted; in that it is a ballgown, but it is strapless. I am wearing a lace bolero with it that looks similar to the one on the sketch you have posted for the sleeve effect.
Post # 5
As above, wait a bit and see what happens after the Royal Wedding.
Check out long sleeved lace jackets to give you the look you want.
Post # 6
You can also have sleeves added like I did
Post # 7
oh girl I just saw this dress when I was browsing the Pronovias Website! Its the Auriga—Elie by Elie Saab 2011 collection!! Beautiful!!!
Post # 8
i’m not a fan of lace
but that right there is goegeous ^^^^
Post # 9
i’m not a fan of lace
but that right there is gorgeous ^^^^
Post # 10
definitely wait! it’s always better to wait a few months than make an impulse decision and have to resell a dress you thought you loved. it happened to me and i was lucky to find someone to buy it quickly so i didn’t lose any money. you’ll always find another dress you love, just hang in there to see what happens! good luck!
Post # 11
Thanks everyone! I know I have a ton of time, but I wasn’t sure if I had to have something made from complete scratch what the timeline on that should be, and my sister is moving to Greece soon, but she’ll be home for the holidays before she goes, so I want to go looking at least once with her, and that means nowish. But everyone is right, I can just wait.
Post # 12
It seems like the style right now is to have strapless or sleeveless dresses, but wear a bolero to create a sleeved-dress effect. Some of these are really stunning and the jacket looks like a seamless part of the dress. Though you do have tons of time – not only may designers start coming out with more long-sleeved dresses, but buying a dress a year and a half before the wedding gives you a ton of time to second guess yourself.
I would definitely still go dress shopping with your sister when she’s home, but go with the idea in mind being to get a sense of what to look for. See what fabrics and cuts you like, and get acclamated to the process so it’s not all so new when you are ready to buy. Do not let yourself be pressured into making a decision this early, though. Not only do you have so much time to look, but I think it’s helpful to wait until you have a venue booked and have started to settle on what you want your overall wedding to look like.
Post # 13
I looked at a lot of sleeved dresses early in my shopping, but moved away from it because NO ONE has any to try on. (Specifically, I wanted a boatneck) But you make a great point that Kate Middleton will inspire a lot of sleeves, but It won’t be fully realized for a couple of seasons, I think. I would say be inspired by what you’re seeing, but don’t get your hopes too high that you’ll find a shop that has more than one (or ANY) beautiful, non-matronly, sleeved dresses.
Post # 14
Pronovias Iman has sleeves and looks kinda like your pic.
Post # 15
I think sleeves will be much more popular than they were in the past few years in the few seasons of bridal gowns. Everybody loved Ivanka Trump’s gorgeous sleeved gown, and then people began to complain that they were sick of having no sleeve options…and I think that sleeves will be coming back soon.
If they’re not out in time for you to purchase your dress (which would surprise me!), you can always talk to the store about adding sleeves to the dress you love otherwise. Many brands have sleeve options, and a skillful seamstress could add some if not.
Or you could just do what I’m doing and have you dress custom made for you. 😛 I love sleeves; mine’s getting the long lace flutter sleeves that I fell in love with on late Victorian gowns.
But in any event, please note that a lack of boobies is not usually a problem for keeping up a wedding gown. 😛 They are usually very well-structured garments, often with boning, corsets, built-in cups, etcetera, plus they are altered to fit you exactly. With the right undergarments or internal gown structure, your dress won’t be going anywhere if you do opt for strapless.
Post # 16
There are a lot sleeves option that can be added to most of the dresses, simply choose a strapless dress and match the sleeves you like with alterations