Nothing excites me more than a bridal shopping challenge! Let me explain: My cousin got engaged a few weeks ago and requires a dress that's au courant yet offers maximum coverage. After two bridal consultations, the many strapless options she was shown left her disappointed and discouraged. So she called me to help her find a figure-flattering, fashion-forward look that has sleeves.
I decided to send her inspirational images from our fall issue's Icons of the Aisle story to remind her that some of the best wedding gowns have serious coverage.
Whether you opt for flutter, jeweled-cap, Grecian-draped or illusion lace sleeves (a la the Duchess of Cambridge), it is easier than ever to obtain an elegant bridal look without going strapless. At times, adding sleeves to your favorite strapless gown may seem like the best option—but be wary! Each designer has their own policies regarding add-ons to their design, and altering a silhouette can prove easier said than done. My advice? Get inspired by the eye candy above, and purchase a dress designed to cover your shoulders stylishly.