Trend Watching: Straps Are Back! Featuring Maggie Sottero Gowns

One look at any bridal magazine or blog and you’re bound to see a change in the amount of bare shoulders from recent years of the past. Seemingly overnight, the world of bridal gowns has gone from almost exclusively strapless dresses to one filled with sleeved options.

We here are Heartstrings Bridal are in LOVE with all of the new choices for brides who want to jump into the new (old?) trend! Where a few years ago, dresses with straps were shunned as a bit “old fashioned”, they are now welcomed with a new trendy twist in the ever-changing bridal fashion scene.

From the moment Kate Middleton was seen with her sleeved gown for her wedding to Prince William, sleeves of every length were back! No longer stuck with the stigma of the “poof sleeve” that straps and sleeves once had, sleeves and straps have made their comeback in a multitude of new choices.

Today, we want to focus on one of our favorite designers, Maggie Sottero, and a small sample of the dresses they offer that feature straps and sleeves of different variations.


Cap sleeves that cover a woman’s shoulders in a delicate cut of lace are a great way to bring the trend into your wedding dress. If you aren’t ready to commit to a fully strapped dress, ask your seamstress to make your straps removable for the look of two dresses without having to spend any extra money!

With this year’s release of the Great Gatsby featuring Leo DiCaprio (swoon!) the roaring 20’s fashion has been all over the runway. If you and your partner are planning a 20’s themed bash, Maggie Sottero, and other designers, offer 20’s themed dresses with delicate embroidery and draped sleeves for a flapper feel that is totally bridal.

Another benefit of a strapped or sleeved dress (besides the obvious comfort and ease of wear!) is the simplicity of accessorizing. Having straps or sleeves may eliminate the need to search high and low for the perfect necklace. The Maggie Sottero Arielle and Bernadette features beautiful necklines with gorgeous and flattering beading lining the necklines.

No matter if you are wanting a sleeved dress or not, we are so thrilled that designers are giving every bride the multitude of options that are available in today’s fashions, sleeved or not. We hope straps and sleeves are here to stay!

Photo Credits: All gowns are from Maggie Sottero’s Website ( and are available to order at Heartstrings Bridal!


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