Put simply, every wedding dress will feature straps, sleeves or neither. However, the story does not end there.
Adding or adjusting straps and sleeves is a regular pastime of many seamstresses. By employing the services of one of these skilled workers, Brides will find that even a standard, off the peg Wedding dress can be easily altered to create their very own vision of perfection. In fact, a Bride needn't even worry about finding an exact material match - chiffon in a complementary colour, either on its own or overlaid against a similar colour and material, can work wonders and is a popular option to complete the look.
This article takes a look at all the strap and sleeve options available in the Wedding dress market today, most of which can easily be added to dresses that are otherwise without.
Spaghetti straps vary in width from around 4mm up to around 10mm. Often found in singles, pairs or in threes, more can be added if required.
The straps will either sit on the shoulder in a standard fashion or can used as part of an 'off the shoulder' design where they would drape down on the upper arm. Where a single strap is used, by utilising an adjuster similar to that on a bra, the lenght can be modified to suit.
The straps can be decorated with crystals, beads or pearls or can be coloured to co-ordinate witht he Wedding scheme.
Spaghetti straps donít work with sleeves.
Any strap wider than 10mm (i.e larger than that defined as a 'spaghetti strap') is considered to be a standard strap.
Standard straps can extend to around about 50mm's and can be used in conjunction with different sleeve options.
Standard straps are less likely to be decorated ornately (or at least any differently to the rest of the bodice) than their spaghetti counterparts. The reason for this is that they tend to be cut in a single panel along with the bodice, rather than added separately at a later date.