Long Sleeve Wedding Dress Styles For 2024
Jan 29, 2024
Real Bride Stories
There’s something so classic about a wedding dress with long sleeves! Long sleeves on a wedding dress feel elegant and traditional, a timeless touch that has lasted in wedding dress design for generations. People might wonder though, are long sleeve wedding dresses still in style? The answer is yes! While some may think that wedding dresses with sleeves feel dated or are only for winter weddings, we’re here to show you modern and trendy ways to rock long sleeves all year long! These are our top long sleeve wedding dress styles for 2024.
Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress
Lace wedding dresses are a bridal favorite, but pair the dress with classic long sleeves and you’ve got a winner! Long sleeve lace wedding dresses are truly elegant. Perfect for more traditional brides, this romantic style embodies grace and beauty, giving you a bridal look that will stand the test of time. If you’re looking for a long sleeve lace wedding dress, try our Penelope Wedding Dress. This classic ball gown features delicate details like the off-the-shoulder neckline with playful scalloped edging and a breathtaking illusion back. We love how the sheer long sleeves show off the romantic pattern of the Chantilly lace and the couture shape the corset bodice gives to the gown. Our Graciela Wedding Dress is a timeless Chantilly lace fit and flare with a high neckline and long sleeves accented by frosted embroidered lace, for a gorgeous layered lace look. Add a bit more drama to this timeless, lace long sleeve wedding dress with a detachable lace-trimmed tulle overskirt.
Puff Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
While it may not be the “traditional” choice a puff long sleeve is a style that has been worn throughout history. Also known as a Juliet sleeve, this long sleeve fits tight to the arm with a pouf at the top; brought into fashion during the Italian Renaissance, this stunning style gets its name from Shakespeare’s heroine. Puff long sleeve wedding dresses are elevated and romantic, with an unexpected touch that will certainly wow your guests. Our Malin Wedding Dress embodies the timeless glamour of a long puff sleeve wedding dress. The Larissa satin fit and flare has a sweetheart bodice with frosted embroidered appliqués for a romantic touch. Detachable long pouf sleeves with illusion detailing give the gown a trendy flair, while the detachable satin skirt adds drama. If you like something that’s equal parts romantic and boho, there’s our Minerva Wedding Dress. This elegant A-line features botanical-inspired, crystal beaded embroidered appliqués cascading down the sheer, boned bodice to the flowing tulle skirt. The lace-up corset back and detachable long pouf sleeves add a fairytale touch to the dress.
Long Sleeve Illusion Wedding Dress
Illusion long sleeves, as the name would suggest, creates the illusion of bare skin while carrying the beautiful design of the dress onto the sheer long sleeves. This style is absolutely elegant and is a popular choice among today’s brides. The net fabric is sheer and lightweight and comes in multiple shades to match your skin tone and create a true illusion. Elegant illusion details pop on our Prudence Wedding Dress. The chic fit and flare has a sheer bateau neckline on a corset bodice with intricate frosted, three-dimensional lace that carries onto the long sleeves and skirt. The delicate dip on the back neckline leads to a gorgeous illusion back and dreamy sheer train. If you love the look of illusion sleeves, but not lace, we’ve got options for you, like our Noelle Wedding Dress. This modern mermaid highlight clean lines in luminous Larissa satin fabric. The square neckline and defined seaming give the dress a streamlined look, but our favorite part is the illusion satin organza bubble sleeves that add a soft and feminine feel.
Long Bishop Sleeve Wedding Dress
Soft and dreamy, bishop sleeves are a whimsical way to wear a long sleeve wedding dress. This full sleeve has a lovely drape and cinches at the wrist for a “bubble” look. The billowing long bishop sleeve is often designed in sheer, illusion fabrics for an ethereal appearance and can be worn either attached or as a detachable sleeve style. For our fairytale brides, there’s our Primrose Wedding Dress. This dreamy ball gown features bold frosted floral embroidered appliqués that have a striking look on the sheer corset bodice and cascade down the full skirt. Detachable bishop sleeves with appliquéd accents elevate the look of the gown and give you the option to switch up the style. For a more minimalist look, there’s our Nadia Wedding Dress. The free flowing chiffon gowns has a strapless bodice with a chic angular neckline and asymmetric draping for added texture. The front skirt slit offers a sultry pop of leg and the billowing bishop sleeves are a whimsical touch. If you’re looking to make a statement with your bishop sleeves, check out our Nastia Wedding Dress. The sleek fit and flare has a tailored look with strategically placed seams to contour the body, giving the gown a sexy look despite the modest neckline. Chantilly lace bishop sleeves with frosted Venice lace appliqués take center stage, with a classic cuff featuring covered buttons.
Long Bell Sleeve Wedding Dress
If you’re a boho bride who’s looking for a long sleeve wedding dress, try one with oversized bell sleeves. This unique long sleeve style has a whimsical and free-spirited vibe and creates a real wow factor. Bell sleeves get their name from the bell-like shape they create—fitted to the upper arm and flaring out at or below the elbow. and with Pinterest predicting that groovy weddings are coming back in 2024, this retro style is definitely something to consider. Our Pura Wedding Dress, takes bohemian style and elevates it for a more elegant look. The sophisticated fit and flare features swirling crystal beaded, frosted embroidery for a cool embossed effect. The strapless neckline and illusion back give the sleek crepe gown a modern flair, while detachable bell sleeves add a boho vibe. For our truly couture look, there our Nicoletta Wedding Dress. This long bell sleeve bridal gown features allover beaded Chantilly lace featuring a free-spirited floral pattern. The daringly sheer dress features a bodysuit lining with a structured corset bodice and illusion detailing on the back. The detachable overskirt adds more coverage and creates a fuller silhouette, while oversized bell sleeves give the gown a bohemian flair. Marie Wedding Dress in a gorgeous Chantilly lace fit and flare with intricate crystal beaded, three-dimensional embroidery. The sheer corset bodice has a couture feel, but it’s the bell sleeves that add an effortless boho feel to the dress.
Long Sleeve Vintage Wedding Dress
Long sleeve vintage wedding dresses have a timeless quality to them. While it may be hard to source a true vintage wedding gown, there are many styles that take the best of bygone eras and blend these design details to create a vintage-inspired wedding dress. Our Nigella Wedding Dress looks like it came from another era. Inspired by vintage glamour the gown features luminous soft stretch satin has a fluid quality to it, dripping down the body like water. The high, turtleneck and cuffed bishop sleeves feel both modest and high fashion, making it look like something that has been passed down for generations. The draped waist detail helps to cinch you in a define your figure on the fit and flare silhouette. Our London Wedding Dress is another lovely long sleeve vintage wedding dress. The chic silky crepe fit and flare beautifully skims the body with a modest v-neckline and vintage-inspired sleeves. The banded waist helps to define your figure and leads to tie-back streamers that add some drama. Covered buttons down to the hemline are the final touch of tradition that makes this vintage long sleeve wedding dress a top choice.
Fluted Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
For a sleeve that makes a statement, try a fluted long sleeve wedding dress. Fluted sleeves, also known as trumpet sleeves, are a sister to the bell sleeve. They have a similar styling, where it fits tight to the upper arm, flaring out at the elbow. Unlike bell sleeves, long fluted sleeves tend to have more texture, incorporating ruffles and flouncing into the flare of the sleeve. A fluted long sleeve wedding dress is a fun and slightly boho way to make a statement with your sleeves. Our Padma Wedding Dress is sexy and romantic featuring a sheer boned bodice designed with three-dimensional floral lace appliqués. The stretch crepe skirt glides over all your curves, leading to a breathtaking cut-away petal train, while fluted long sleeves with matching appliqués complete the fantasy. Our Jade Wedding Dress is a beautiful example of how you can incorporate a subtle fluted sleeve into your wedding dress. The modern dress features a botanical-inspired embroidered bodice on a fitted crepe skirt. The sheer long sleeves have a fun flare at the wrist, giving that fluted effect, and add a level of whimsy to the look. They also help to create a beautiful keyhole back with a dainty tie at the nape of the neck.
Detachable Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
Detachable sleeves have been a growing trend in bridal fashion. This versatile sleeve style gives you the option of customizability that today’s brides are loving. Detachable long sleeves are a great way to get two looks in one, long sleeves for the ceremony, then take them off for a strapless reception look. This past season has also taken a departure from the classic draped, off-the-shoulder detachable sleeves. From bishop sleeves to puff sleeves, and even classic long sleeves, you can find gowns with so many detachable sleeve styles. If you just can’t decide if you want a long sleeve look or sleeveless, then meet our Paris Wedding Dress. The sophisticated sheath strikes a beautiful balance between lace and satin. The sheer bodice featuring delicately beaded lace appliqués with detachable illusion long sleeves for two looks in one. The stretch satin skirt has a chic asymmetric drape with buttons for a classic touch. For a truly unique wedding day look, there’s our Poppy Wedding Dress. This blooming ball gown has a one-of-a-kind look in burnout organza with a bold floral pattern. The corset bodice features a straight neckline with three-dimensional floral appliqué s that accent the matching gauntlet long sleeves that can be removed for a chic strapless look.
Simple Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
While some brides may love a statement sleeve, others prefer things simple and sophisticated. If you’re not into illusion long sleeves or frilly fluted sleeves, there are still plenty of simple long sleeve wedding dresses for you to choose from. The subtle style is clean and classic. A standard long sleeve, all in one fabric, can still be elevated and elegant, despite the lack of embellishments. Our Nellie Wedding Dress is a simple A-line long sleeve gown that’s full of movement. The sleek crepe bodice is paired with dreamy sheer bishop sleeves with delicate lace trimmed cuffs. The modest bateau neckline is balanced by the open v-shaped back with scalloped lace to give it a rustic charm. Another stunning simple option is our Layla Wedding Dress. The effortless Chiffon A-line has classic details like the v-neckline and cuffed long sleeves. the wrap-style bodice has boning to give the gown structure and shape with a front skirt slit for a more modern look. Molly, style 15031 is a sultry fit and flare that has an understated flow in lustrous satin. The off-the-shoulder neckline has a subtle sparkle with pearl and crystal beading on an empire bodice. Slouchy long sleeves enhance the effortless feel and lead to a beautiful cowl back.
Long Sleeve Beaded Wedding dress
If you want to serve up some sparkle on your wedding day, we recommend a beaded long sleeve wedding dress. A beaded long sleeve wedding dress can be designed in different ways. The sleeves could be illusion style, giving the look of beautifully beaded skin, or fully lined with blingy beaded accents that shimmer and shine. You can also choose between types of beading that will give you different glittering effects. Beads can be made from glass, crystals, gems, and other materials for different types of sparkle. Pearl beading will have an iridescent glow while crystal or glass beading will have a multifaceted shine. If you want a beaded long sleeve wedding dress, check out our Nyx Wedding Dress has a celestial sparkle with crystal beaded tulle over sparkle tulle. The Chantilly lace bodice features couture corsetry with a classic sweetheart neckline and detachable gauntlet sleeves that have a constellation of beading. Our Fantasia Wedding Dress is a boldly beaded ballgown featuring a glimmering pearl and crystal encrusted tulle over sparkling organza with accents of metallic embroidery. Chandelier style beading beautifully decorates the bodice and drapes down the sheer, beaded long sleeves.
Do Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses Work for All Body Types?
If you’re wondering “Can I wear long sleeves?” The simple answer is, yes! Wedding dresses with long sleeves work for all body types, from plus-size to petite brides. A long sleeve wedding dress can be flattering on anyone and can help you show off or minimize your arms, depending on your preference. For a bride with toned arms who’s looking to feature them, we recommend an illusion long sleeve. The sheer fabric with beautiful appliqués will draw the eye to your arms with the stunning “tattoo lace” effect. For someone looking to conceal their arms, something like the traditional lined long sleeve is a great option. If you’re looking for a long sleeve that will help disguise your arms, but still has some personality, flowy bishop long sleeves offer a slimming effect with their full design.
Finding The Perfect Style Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
Finding your perfect sleeves for wedding dress starts with understanding your personal style. From boho to romantic, there’s a long sleeve that suits you. The traditional bride will love the classic look of a long sleeve lace wedding dress. The elegant lace paired with long sleeves makes for a truly timeless dress. If you’re all about the bling, then you definitely need a beaded long sleeve wedding dress. This stunning style will give you all the sparkle you could want on your wedding day. Boho brides will love the free-spirited feel of bell sleeves, and for all the trendsetters, puff sleeves are making a total comeback! Try a puff long sleeve wedding dress for a look that your guests will be sure to copy.
Are Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses Comfortable?
While long sleeve wedding dresses may seem uncomfortable or restricting, a well-constructed gown never is. The Aisle Guide shares a great piece of advice to ensure your long sleeve wedding dress is comfortable before purchase, “A good rule of thumb is to first try all those motions when you try on your dress! Shoot your arms up to the sky and wave from side to side.” Checking your range of motion beforehand will ensure you can dance the night away in your long sleeve wedding dress. If you’re concerned a long sleeve dress will be too tight on your arms, you can always order your dress one size up and work with a seamstress so that it’s perfectly tailored to you. We recommend fuller sleeve styles like bishop and bell sleeves if you are worried about comfort. Detachable sleeves are also a great option to get the classic look of a long sleeve wedding gown for your ceremony and the freedom of a short sleeve or strapless dress for your reception.
Do Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses Get Hot?
Some brides might be worried that wearing a long sleeve wedding dress will make them hot. While it’s true that long sleeve gowns are a great option to keep you warm, it all depends on the fabric you choose. A heavier fabric like crepe is perfect for long sleeves at a winter wedding. Opt for lightweight fabrics like tulle, organza, and chiffon if you want to rock a long sleeve wedding dress in a warmer climate. Thin, long sleeves made out of a fabric like tulle will feel cool and breezy.
Can I Wear Long Sleeves in the Summer?
You can absolutely wear a long sleeve wedding dress in the summer! A long sleeve gown can suit any season, including warmer ones like spring and summer. It’s all about finding the right fabric to keep you cool and comfortable. Illusion long sleeves make for a perfect summer wedding dress. They’re made of gossamer-like net fabric that is thin, lightweight, and will look elegant at your summer wedding.
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