In a recent article here, I begged wedding gown designers to offer us something they haven’t in years: sleeves. I truly thought I was whistling in the wind and it would take a very long time to see any sort of action on this request.
Lo and behold, yesterday I went shopping in my local bookstore and paused before the magazine rack, only to see this looking back at me from the display:
Actual honest to goodness cap sleeves! Something covering the shoulders! A neckline that isn’t a straight line just above the nipples!
What’s more, there were articles on all the top trends in the latest gowns, and one of them was on ‘new’ necklines. Of the fifteen gowns I found featured online to cover this new trend, three of them had actual sleeves. Only one was completely strapless.
Okay, those sleeves may not be the best of the best…but they’re there. It’s a start. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and long-standing trends don’t change drastically overnight. The important thing to keep in mind is that if a few sleeves start filtering into bridal magazines and bridal salons, women will buy them and designers will start offering more variety on more gowns.
Ah, the sweet taste of victory! Let us celebrate the joy of sleeves!