For some people it’s a dream to tie the knot in the golden autumn or amid a winter wonderland. But the late seasons can mean bitter cold, so to avoid shivering your way down the aisle you may want to consider a wedding dress that keeps you warm. Read on for some beautiful inspiration for long sleeved wedding dresses for autumn and winter weddings.
Autumn and winter are beautiful seasons in which to get married, but they can get bitingly chilly. Arm yourself against the cold by choosing from different sleeve types—they go with any dress silhouette, be it a ball gown, a mermaid tail, a sheath, etc.
Part sleeves come in a variety of lengths—some end at the elbow (half sleeves), and some the middle of the forearm (3/4 sleeves). The cut of the sleeves depends entirely on the individual dress you choose, but often you’ll find that you can have your dress (and your sleeves) altered to suit your taste.
It’s very common nowadays to see decorative sleeves. Lace appliqué, for example, is a growing favourite design that looks gorgeous in both full- and part-sleeve lengths.
Above, left to right from the top: Dress Style 14-17 by Berta Bridal | Dress Style 9817 by Justin Alexander | Dress Style D5278 by Eternity Bridal | Dress Style 14-15 by Berta Bridal
Colourful Wedding Dresses
Consider the colour of your wedding dress to make it fit the season—long sleeved wedding dresses come in all styles and colours. For autumn, you may love the idea of orange or gold, red, or even black.
Above, clockwise from the top-left: Dress Style LACIA by Pronovias | Dress Style LANDETA by Pronovias | Autumn Wedding Dress by Clayton Austin
Winter wedding dresses work very well in the traditional white, but pale blue and silver also look magnificent.
Above, from the top, left to right: Dress Style 22 by Ziad Nakad | Dress Style 29 by Zuhair Murad | Lihi Hod 2013 Collection
Jackets and Cloaks
All is not lost if you can’t find a dress that you like that has sleeves! Many designers today create a variety of shrugs, shawls, wraps, and jackets that you can add to a wedding dress that has short sleeves or no sleeves; the transformation is dramatic!
Finally, sleeves don’t just shield you from an icy wind; they also serve to fit you nicely with your theme. Winter weddings especially look stunning with an elegant cape or cloak, and they can be worn over a dress that does or doesn’t have sleeves. Either way, it’s a beautiful finishing touch.
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