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Like most of you, we’ve been up since the wee hours of the morning swooning over the royal wedding coverage. Along with the fabulous fascinators and glamorous hats, we couldn’t help but notice how wonderfully Southern the former Miss Kate Middleton’s dress was! The gown, designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (how appropriate, I might add!), features a full train, hand-sewn lace applique over the bodice, and, most notably, sleeves.

Looking to replicate Kate’s classic Grace Kelly look? We’ve got you covered (with lace):

Left to right and top to bottom: “Kennedy” by Modern Trousseau, Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012, next two gowns Legends By Romona Keveza Spring 2012, “Ivanka” by Monique Lhuillier, Watters Spring 2012, “Escalante” by Watters and Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012.

What do you think? Will you be donning sleeves for your own wedding? Have your been inspired by Kate’s classic look? Let me know! Feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
  1. avatar Erin reply

    While I’ve already chosen a one-shoulder gown for my wedding next year and I wore a very Jackie-O type sheath dress to my justice of the peace wedding last month–I’m SO excited for sleeved dresses to come into the limelight. I’ve always thought they were gorgeous and classic, not to mention one of the only appropriate options for many religious ceremonies out there. As I watched TLC’s coverage of the wedding this morning (definitely wanted all the fun Randy and Clinton commentary!), I couldn’t help but smile when Randy said 90% of gowns in America today are strapless but it will all change now because of Kate. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m a little over strapless. When I went to buy my gown I told the girl “no, I don’t want strapless” and she said “well you just eliminated 3/4 of the store!”–vary it up ladies! This sleeved look is timeless, classic, gorgeous, and extremely elegant!

  2. avatar Emily reply

    I’ve always wanted to wear sleeves at my wedding. I’m actually a little sad that Kate beat me to it, not that sleeves is her original idea or anything. However, I feel like I will probably get a lot of comments about how my wedding dress will look similar to Kate’s. The moment I saw her dress, though, it was like everything I had ever dreamed for my dress to be was on the television screen. Hopefully this will means there will be a larger sleeved-dress selection when my time finally comes!

    • avatar Emily reply

      Hi Emily! I know exactly what you mean! But hey, if people are comparing you to Kate, you can just smile and thank them — because in my opinion, that means you have pretty darn good style. I’m sure your dress will be gorgeous!

    • avatar Lauren reply

      Emily: I completely sympathize with you! I’ve always felt that lace sleeves are so beautifully classic and the moment the new Duchess stepped out of the car I had a brief moment of jealousy. Even my fiance (who was up at 4am to watch the wedding with me) stated that she was wearing a dress after my own heart. If our shared (fantastic) taste gets us compared to Kate on our wedding days then I say, “Congratulations to us!”

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