No longer exclusive to traditional celebrations, long-sleeved wedding dresses can make a serious style statement. From quiet and conservative to whimsical and romantic to fiercely modern, the past few seasons of bridal runway collections prove that long sleeves can be just as avant-garde as other, more skin-bearing details.
What started with Kate Middleton—who became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation—led to other fashion darlings and celebs, including gemstone heiress Victoria Swarovski, R&B songstress Ciara, and most recently supermodel Miranda Kerr wearing long-sleeved dresses on their wedding day. It's safe to say that brides who decide on a wedding dress with long sleeves are making a statement that they don't need to bare all in order to be a standout.
Opting for long sleeves also gives you more room to play with your own personal style and show off intricate design details. To balance out the extra fabric, a simple up-do and minimal jewelry provide perfect complements to a long sleeve gown. Still feel like you're missing a wow-factor? Select a dress with a daring open back or sultry illusion neckline. ("Business in the front, party in the back" just took on a whole new meaning.)
Here, the most wow-worthy long-sleeved wedding dresses from the Spring 2018 Bridal Runways.