Illusion Sleeves: Sophisticated Sexiness

If channeling your inner Kate Middleton is part of your wedding dress vision, you are in great company. Many brides are refusing fake tanning and can’t be bothered to stress about potential tanning strap lines showing up. Feel glamorous without giving it all away by opting to include illusion sleeves as part of your wedding dress detail.

Strapless gowns are timeless, but there’s nothing quite like the intrigue of illusion sleeves. With our Tami dress, brides-to-be can add a little more coverage while looking decadent and romantic. The gown’s elegant A-line silhouette showcases floral lace appliques and delicate embellishments, while an illusion neckline and back draw the eye along cascading leaf-and-floral details and floating buttons. The statement back and tulle overlay add subtle sexiness to the gown and give the overall look an aura of shimmer and opulence. We recommend wearing your hair up or to the side to emphasize the gown’s unique neckline and create an air of Old World romance. Keep the focus on your natural ease and beauty—the lace and crystal embellishments on this gown are lush but uncomplicated, so the key is to look a little undone. Read more from Maggie Sottero

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Essense of Australia Style D2186, a Tulle wedding dress with illusion lace sleeves. This elegantly crafted designer tulle wedding dress from Essense of Australia features alluring illusion lace sleeves and eye-catching cuts of tulle on its skirt. Choose from silver or gold Diamante embellishments. A 1.5″ beaded grosgrain belt slims the waist. The back zips up under sparkling crystal buttons. Get more details at Essense of Australia

Simultaneously Stay Cozy and Cool

If you are worried that you will want to wear your housecoat during your outdoor ceremony; fear not. Illusion sleeves are the perfect wedding gown component for those ladies who are “always cold” and donning a fleece blanket as soon as the sun goes down.

We know you will be busy dancing and enjoying yourself; however, if you are naturally chilly at night during outdoor events or within highly air-conditioned settings; you will want to take your personal comfort into consideration when wedding dress shopping.

No longer exclusive to traditional celebrations, long-sleeved wedding dresses can make a serious style statement. From quiet and conservative to whimsical and romantic to fiercely modern, the past few seasons of bridal runway collections prove that long sleeves can be just as avant-garde as other, more skin-bearing details.

What started with Kate Middleton—who became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation—led to other fashion darlings, including British rocker Lily Allen and chic eco-activist Lauren Bush, wearing long-sleeved dresses on their wedding day. It’s safe to say that brides who decide on a wedding dress with long sleeves are making a statement that they don’t need to bare all in order to be a standout. Read more at


Wedding Dress with Illusion Lace Sleeves

Stella York Style 6176 (pictured above). This lace over Matte-side Lustre Satin Stella York wedding gown will ensure you are the center of elegance and attention. It features romantic illusion lace sleeves, a glamorous chapel train, and fabric-covered buttons that adorn the illusion back and trail through to the gorgeous lace and tulle fabric. Learn more at Stella York

Madison James Style MJ272 (pictured below). Who says the crop top can’t be bridal? This ensemble is both edgy and completely glamorous for your big day. Colors: Nude/Ivory. Sizes: 2-32. Fabric: Lace and Chiffon.

Maximizing Your Wedding Gown Purchase

Many illusion sleeve wedding dress options are comprised of a separate top/bodice selection that attaches or combines with the skirt component of the wedding gown. This provides an excellent opportunity to be able to wear your wedding dress later on. Feel free to mix and match the skirt for your first anniversary celebration or New Year’s party. Having the option to enjoy your apparel for more than a single day is much easier to accomplish with separate pieces.

All of these dress styles and more can be found at New York Bride & Groom, the premier wedding dress shop in Charlotte and beyond. Stop by at your convenience (no appointment needed) and let our bridal consultants show you some stunning examples of your favorite styles and silhouettes from our vast selection.