Amid the whirlwind of planning a wedding, one of your biggest decisions will be your dress. If you're searching for a demure aesthetic, wedding dresses with sleeves not only offer coverage, but they will add an air of grace to your bridal look.
Of course, everyone has their own personal reasons for liking particular styles of wedding dresses, along with the unique details they offer. There are a ton of different types of bridal gowns out there and there will be one to suit your sartorial palette. Thus, there are a bunch of reasons why someone might prefer wedding dresses with sleeves, compared to those without.
You could argue that sleeved dresses were repopularized by Kate Middleton, whose wedding dress featured stunning lace sleeves — you can emulate this sophisticated style in order to feel like a real princess on your big day. Even though sleeves are pretty mainstream right now, they also add an ethereal vibe to wedding gowns; think heroine Sarah in the cult '80s film Labyrinth, who wore an enchanting dress in the ballroom scene when dancing with David Bowie. Lucky girl. Wedding dresses with sleeves can also look cool and current thanks to mesh, one of the trendiest fabrics in the wedding world. Mesh sleeves add a slightly whimsical, yet super contemporary vibe, due to the nature of the material and the fact it's in vogue right now.
With that said, get ready for peak elegance: Here are some of the wedding dresses with sleeves that will give you the fairytale frock ending you deserve.
1. The Feminine Frock
Sophisticated Ceremony Maxi Dress In White, $200, modcloth.com
Look delightfully feminine and just plain lovely in this ankle length, lacy dress.
2. The Princess Gown
Verina, Price On Appointment At Your Nearest Stockist See: maggiesottero.com
A fitted silhouette, lacy sleeves, and a darling train make for a queenly gown.
3. The Contemporary Style
Sol Gown, $2,000, bhldn.com
Buck tradition in this modern, cut-out sleeve dress with a deliciously low back.
4. The Flower Power Dress
Bridal Lace Open Back Maxi Dress White, $240, missguidedus.com
This floral frock is the perfect choice for boho brides.
5. The Mermaid Dress
Mia Wedding Dress, Price On Appointment At Your Nearest Stockist See: morilee.com
A mermaid gown gives feminine representing gals the best of both worlds: The lacy sleeves offer a demure look, while the curve-hugging mermaid skirt lends a little sex appeal to your bridal ensemble.
6. The Embellished Gown
Asos Bridal Embellished Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, $376, asos.com
Brides who hate lace are sure to love this glam embellished style.
7. The Vintage Dress
Thea Dress, $428, thereformation.com
Vintage vixens with a retro themed wedding will need a dress befitting their chosen era. This stunning full sleeve dress makes a nod to the '70s if you're going for a hippie chic vibe.
8. The Flutter Sleeve Frock
Asos Bridal Flutter Sleeve Paneled Maxi Dress, $181, asos.com
Playful and pretty, this flutter sleeve dress will definitely make a statement.
9. The Minimalist Maxi
Long Sleeve Open Back Maxi Dress White, $70, missguidedus.com
If you're keeping things low key with a minimalist wedding, this simply gorgeous dress won't disappoint.
10. The Lacy Illusion
Asos Curve Bridal Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Prom Dress, $181, asos.com
This little number looks like a two-piece bridal ensemble, but in fact, it's a dress — meaning you can look trendy and feel comfy to boot.
11. The Fluted Sleeves
Bodyfrock Bridal Pleated Maxi Dress With Fluted Sleeves, $451, asos.com
Brides-to-be getting hitched in a barn, in a yurt, or anywhere with a music festival atmosphere will need this free-spirited dress.
Wearing a wedding dress with sleeves is certainly not boring or old fashioned, in fact, it's quite the opposite. So if sleeves make your heart sing, slip into a wedding dress with stunning sleeves!
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