With the winter season almost upon us, getting the coverage you need on your big day becomes more and more of a priority. While many brides and grooms rely on cool coverups to keep those chills at bay, building a unique winterproof wedding ensemble tailored to you is recommended, and for brides, it all starts with that dress.
Going for a long-sleeved, instead of short-sleeved or completely sleeveless, design is a great way to enjoy a chic look that’s ultra-cosy too. With this in mind, we’re here to share our favourite long-sleeved picks for winter brides…
Vivian by Sassi Holford
With its plunging V-neckline, keyhole detail at the back and fully gathered skirt, this design uses tailoring to its advantage to create a feminine and eternally stylish finish. Its long sleeves provide the coverage winter brides need without compromising on style.
Marielle Fuchsia Iris by Phillipa Lepley
If embroidery, not minimalism, is more your thing, Phillipa Lepley’s Marielle Fuchsia Iris dress is a stunning, sleeved choice. The dress’ high neckline, corseted bodice and floral overlay is a celebration of design and details, with its all-over embellishment utterly ornate and beautiful from neck to hem.
Using motifs of the English garden’s most stunning floral varieties – fuchsia, iris, peonies and maiden’s fern all feature – this graceful number is truly show-stopping.
Inca by Grace Loves Lace
For a very different design that’s just as unforgettable, the Inca dress from ethical bridalwear champion Grace Loves Lace is the perfect choice. The design uses lace sourced from both sides of the globe (France and Japan to be exact!) to produce a flattering, fabulous fit and signature winter wedding look.
Nora by Ellis Bridals
As a British brand with more than a century of heritage under its belt, Ellis Bridals is a design house that has played a starring role in many couples’ big days.
Its Nora dress is an off-the-shoulder, sleeved design that’s one of our favourites for winter. Merging classic and contemporary design principles, its elegant bolero overlay with dramatic blouson sleeves is perfect for the cooler months and is finished with the most divine satin details.
River by Alan Hannah
For small yet perfectly formed and fabulous sleeves, this new season gown from Alan Hannah is a real winner.
Combining traditional materials with modern design, the River dress features gorgeous puff sleeves that add volume in all the right places. The design is finished with a flowing, buttoned train and cut-out back to perfectly balance your bridal look.
Want the best of both worlds?
Go detachable! There are an increasing number of beautiful bridal gowns with removable sleeves. Detachable sleeves give brides marrying during any season the chance to gain the coverage that keeps them comfortable as well as mix up their big day look effortlessly.
Here Wedding KnowHow explains more about why a dress with detachable sleeves is a fantastic choice during winter and beyond:
“Sometimes, you find a dress that is just so beautiful that you can’t get your mind off it but it might be strapless and you see yourself wearing sleeves. If you can’t decide whether to choose either a strapless or a long-sleeved dress, I have good news for you. You can have both! A dress with detachable sleeves will be just perfect. You can put on the sleeves for the ceremony and switch things up at the reception or after-party by taking them off.”
Whether going retro, traditional or modern, sleeves are the perfect route to a beautiful look on your winter wedding day.