(Closed) Wearing my mother's wedding dress – Sleeves or no sleeves?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Lose or keep the sleeves?

    Lose them, they are so outdated!!!

    Keep them, it gives it a vintage feel!

  • Post # 3
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    Bumble bee

    @raziel1687:  Nvmd. Can you simply slim the sleeves instead? If not, I’d remove them, as well.

    Post # 4
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    Although I do think the sleeves aren’t as bad as they could be for a dress from the 80s, I think it would be gorgeous without them! The sleeves kind of take away from the shape of the dress.

    Post # 5
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I would lose the poofy sleeves, but keep the off the shoulder straps with lace on them. That could look very pretty:)

    Post # 6
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013 - Lake Taghkanic State Park

    I really love sleeved dresses, but I think those are a little too puffy… From what I can see underneath the top looks nice on it’s own, maybe if you wanted to keep them you could have them altered and slimmed down so they are a little more modern/simplified?

    Post # 7
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Could a seamstress reduce the sleeves a bit?  I love sleeves and think that if they were a bit less voluminous that it would update them.

    Post # 8
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    What a beautiful dress. I agree to lose the poofy part of the sleeves, but keep the  lace -off of the shoulder- cap lace.

    Post # 9
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Get rid of those sleeves, but definitely keep the “off the shoulder” lace straps. The sleeves definitely take away from the beauty of the dress, but it will look gorgeous if you leave just the straps. Since so many gowns nowadays are strapless, the straps will be a nice touch to make it different than the usual dress without being too “out there” like those sleeves. If you wanted that kind of coverage, maybe you could have the sleeves turned into a bolero or wrap of some kind. 

     

    Also, kudos on being one of the few ladies I’ve seen who actually wants to wear her mom’s dress! It seems like even though most of us hope our daughter will want to wear our dress, it’s very rare that the daughter loves the same kind of dress mom does and actually wants to wear mom’s dress. I bet your mom would be very happy to see you in it. 

    Post # 11
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    yeah i’d lose the poofy ones. it dates the dress

    but like pp said def keep off shoulder straps!!!

    Post # 12
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    @raziel1687:  you could use part of the sleeve to wrap around your bouquet! 🙂

    Post # 13
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Love the dress without the poofy sleeves! That’s so special you get to wear your Mom’s dress:)

    Post # 14
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I am wearing my moms dress too. We took off the lace sleeves, but left the straps…similiar to what other Bees have suggested. We also made it a really low back. I love it, esp now that it has been updated a bit 🙂

    Post # 15
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    Busy bee

    @raziel1687:  i think you should lose the sleeves, and use them to make a really pretty

    bow/belt to go with the dress. 

    Post # 16
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    I think off the shoulder, making the sleeves fitted to you, or going strapless would be wonderful options. Is your mother okay with you doing this?

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