" A series of posts that explain the ins-and-outs of wedding dress terminology, from silhouettes, to necklines, and even sleeve styles. "
Types of Straps
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Types of Sleeves
|Cap Sleeve||Flutter Sleeve||Short Sleeve||Elbow Length|
|3/4 Length||Fitted Sleeve||Full Length|
Straps connect the front of the bodice to the back of the bodice. They can be on one side or both and range in width from a 1/2" wide to full shoulder coverage. Depending on the strap style chosen, straps can be a minor addition to a dress or play a major part in the overall look. Straps be constructed of the same fabric as the main dress or other fabrics, like ribbon or lace. Many dresses have no straps and are simply finished at the top; this style is called strapless.
The strapless gown has been the benchmark of North America bridal fashion for the past three decades.
|Definition:||A wedding dress that is finished at the top of the neckline and does not have straps connecting the front of the dress to the back of the dress.|
|Perfect For:||Everyone. It has earned its spot as number one thanks to the fact that it is a style that can be worn by anyone.|
|Definition:||Thin straps that are typically 1/4" to 1/2" wide. Due to their delicate nature, these straps are more for decoration than support.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that like the look of a strapless dress, but do not want completely bare shoulders.|
|Definition:||Fabric in varying widths that connects the front of the bodice to the back of the bodice.|
|Perfect For:||Everyone. Straps provide a great amount of variety.|
Sleeves can be present on any strapped gown and consist of fabric that covers the arm at various lengths, from cap sleeve to full sleeve and everywhere in between.
|Definition:||The smallest of the sleeve styles, a sleeve that is 1 1/2" - 3" wide that just covers the shoulder tip.|
|Perfect For:||Brides having a religious ceremony where shoulder coverage is required.|
|Definition:||Precisely how it sounds, a loose light-weight sleeve that flutters when you move. This sleeve is typically short in length and often made of a sheer fabric.|
|Perfect For:||Brides wanting to add a soft, romantic touch to their wedding dress.|
|Definition:||A sleeve style that is around 5"-7" in length. You might think of this as a "t-shirt length" sleeve.|
|Perfect For:||Brides looking for a slightly less formal, carefree sleeve style.|
|Definition:||A sleeve that ends at the elbow.|
|Definition:||A sleeve that ends mid-way down the forearm. 3/4 length sleeves are usually fitted.|
|Perfect For:||Brides that want an elegant look without the more conservative coverage of a full sleeve.|
|Definition:||A full-length, fitted sleeve that ends at the wrist.|
|Definition:||A loose-fitting sleeve that ends at the wrist. Sleeve may be loose at the wrist or end in a cuff (a tight-fitting band of fabric at the wrist, that closes with buttons or a zipper).|
You are now an expert on wedding dress straps and sleeves!
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