Strapless wedding dresses will always be in style, but it was another classic look that had a major moment at the Fall 2014 bridal runways: gowns with illusion cap sleeves. Fit for a romantic or glamorous bride, this ladylike yet modern neckline is a subtle way to incorporate a hint of sexiness into your wedding day.
Monique Lhuillier, Vera Wang, Reem Acra, Lela Rose, Ines Di Santo, Watters and Oscar de la Renta were just a few of the bridal designers to feature the demure, but daring dress sleeve in their latest collections. Entirely sheer styles to those with beaded trims and lace accents were sent floating down the catwalks, proving this trend is very versatile. It also complements almost any silhouette: Designers accented big princess ball gowns, sleek satin sheaths, and ethereal organza A-line wedding dresses with the feminine neckline.
In addition to showing the illusion cap sleeve on white gowns, our favorite fashion houses tried the trend on other wedding-worthy dresses, too. From knee-length hemlines to pretty colors fit for a rehearsal dinner, shower, engagement party or honeymoon, a bride can work the trend into almost any aspect of her wedding wardrobe rotation.
And for women who still consider sleeves "matronly," they should think again. While the barely-there neckline does provide more coverage, it evokes a decidedly youthful and glamorous vibe — and what bride doesn't want that?
Here, our favorite wedding dresses with illusion cap sleeves from the Fall 2014 runways.
At left: Style 5086B, "Ghila" silk chiffon A-line wedding dress with an illusion bateau neckline, beaded sweetheart bodice, and cap sleeves, Watters