The second that Kate Middleton stepped out onto the world stage on her wedding day in a stunning long-sleeved lace wedding dress, custom made by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, we knew that sleeves would be back—and in a big way. What started with a much-publicized royal wedding continued on the most recent bridal runways. From a lace-sleeved Monique Lhuillier A-line gown to a silky-sleeved sheath at Jenny Packham, our favorite bridal designers have been showing wow-worthy long-sleeved creations for the past few seasons—and there's no sign that they'll be going away anytime soon.
Whether you're looking for romantic lace, eye-popping appliqués, or the subtle effect of an illusion, long-sleeves are no longer strictly reserved for conservative brides. Modern, romantic, bohemian...there's a covered-up gown for every style!