In the past, the dress a bride wore on her wedding day was simply her best dress. Then, in the 1800s, Queen Victoria popularised the white lace wedding dress that…
Written by Leanne Smith Last updated: November 23, 2016
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.
Full sleeves are any sleeves that extend to the wrist, though some go even further with the addition of a decorative cuff.
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.
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.
Winter wedding dresses work very well in the traditional white, but pale blue and silver also look magnificent.
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.
See dozens more long sleeved wedding dresses in our fashion section!
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