Wedding dress sleeves
A wedding dress is not just all about the skirt and the bodice – the sleeves play a big part of the overall look and can have more impact than you might think.
Choosing the type of sleeve you have depends a lot on the style of the dress but also on trends and comfort, many of us aren’t that comfortable bearing our arms.
Here’s our guide to the most common types of wedding dress sleeves.
A really pretty but subtle sleeve design. This is a short sleeve that criss-crosses over the top of the arm. It’s also known as the tulip sleeve. Great for all arm shapes and sizes and really works with simple and modern dress designs.
A traditional wedding dress sleeve, it’s puffed at the shoulder then becomes fitted around the arm. It’s great for big, frilly or period-style wedding dresses, but if you have large arms you need to be careful with this sleeve and the res of the dress as it could make you look very broad on top.
Fabulous for a bit of drama, this sleeve is full and balloon-shaped over the upper arm, then narrows from the elbow to wrist. If you’ve got a large bust and have broad shoulders make sure your neckline is low-cut and simple.
A really flattering sleeve design. The bell is narrow at the shoulder and gets wider at the end – just like the bell-bottomed shaped flares from the seventies. The bell sleeve can be as long or as short as you want, so it can stop at the top of the arm, the elbow or wrist.