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Cap Sleeves

Cap sleeves: A very short, often rounded sleeve style that hangs over the edge of the shoulder without extending below the armpit.

Sleeves on bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses are often required in very traditional and religious wedding styles, but can look amazing no matter what the setting may be.

The cap sleeve throughout history…

Cap sleeved bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses have been popular throughout history, not only in wedding styles, but also in everyday fashion. The first known use of this classic trend is traced back to the 1920s, but it is still popular in garments today.

In the roaring twenties, women started adding this sleeve style to their bridal gowns. The trend continued throughout the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Jackie Kennedy Onassis made it extremely popular with her short sleeved wedding dress, which she wore when she married John Kennedy in 1953. It was made even more popular by Audrey Hepburn’s wedding dress in the movie “Funny Face” in 1957. Celebrities and royalty alike have continued to glamorize this style throughout the decades. Even more recently, Princess Charlene of Monaco wore a gorgeous cap sleeve dress in her marriage to Prince Albert II.

The same trend of dresses with cap sleeves was carried throughout whole wedding parties. Here are some amazing wedding styles that set the trend for the bridal entourage. When Princess Elizabeth (future queen) got married, her bridesmaids (including Princess Margaret) wore exquisite cap sleeved dresses. More recently, when Kate Middleton said ‘I do’ to Prince William, she had by her side her sister Pippa Middleton, in a simple but elegant sleeved dress. Whether you are the bride or a bridesmaid, this style is elegant, flattering, and classic, meaning that it will fit into any celebration!


Alfred Sung Bridesmaid Dress D568

Is a cap sleeve right for me?

Cap sleeves will fit into any ceremony style that you could dream of. This trend will flatter you in a traditional setting or add a touch of elegance at any destination. Search through our extensive collection of sleeved wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses today!

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