Some years the wedding fashion trends tell us to add colored ribbons to our white gowns, and other years big flowers or poufs are all the rage. The 2008 wedding dress runway buzz is all about the Return of the Sleeve. For years, strapless wedding gowns have ruled the wedding aisle. And why not? They’re sexy, chic and glam, and are the perfect excuse to accessorize with faux fur or wispy shawls.
This year, whether preppy and cute á la J. Crew or long and sheer, as in Angel Sanchez’ mini-gown, bridal designers have fashionistas aflutter with sleeve talk. I say, it’s just a case of fashion manipulation by the chilly East Coast! I predict the so-called “trend” will fall flat in the sunny climes of California and fade into a Malibu sunset.
See, we Cal Gals spend a considerable amount of time working on our bods, and even the curviest bride wants to show off her shapely shoulders, well-toned arms and perfectly crafted tan. The last thing we want to do is hide our accomplishments, even under the sheerest chiffon!
So let’s launch a West Coast rebellion, and continue to bare our arms and shoulders on the beach, in the ballroom, at the country club. Leave the sleeves to the more timid souls. What do you say? Will you join me in the boycott of wedding dresses with sleeves?
Extra Advice: While we’re at it, do yourself a favor and avoid the wedding dress trend toward tiered skirts. They may look pretty and frothy on the hanger, but darling, they do absolutely nothing for you. Leave the tiers for your wedding cake.