When Kate Middleton, actual princess-to-be, walked down the aisle in long sleeves, she revived a look that is starting to cut slightly into the strapless domination of the gown market.
Many brides are now choosing that vintage, classic style, somewhat reminiscent of the 1940s, for their own princess moment. Lace is a fabric of choice, not only for the sleeves, but also as an overlay for the entire gown -- thanks again to the lovely Duchess of Cambridge. Lightweight, open lacework is especially appropriate for an outdoor affair in the warm, summer months.
Long sleeves can be versatile, though: A three-quarter or bracelet sleeve can show a bit more skin, while a full-length satin one can keep you warm for an air-conditioned ceremony. You can also have the best of both lengths by choosing a strapless dress with a matching shrug or jacket that comes off after the "I Do" portion of the show.
Next, good-bye, bridal pastels?