Not only are bridal gowns with long sleeves super stylish — they're also crazy flattering on curvier body types.
There are many benefits to wearing a long-sleeve wedding dress: It's an elegant style, it'll keep you warm if you're having a fall or winter wedding, and it's modest enough to make your grandma happy. (Bonus: You'll look just like a princess (A.K.A. Kate Middleton) with a lace-y long sleeve.)
Long-sleeve wedding dresses are a particularly great choice for busty or plus-size brides because they offer more support and keep your lines long and slim. Whether you're eyeing a lace illusion long sleeve à la the Royal Wedding or gravitate towards a bedazzled long sleeve, they are plenty of options when it comes to style and fit.
Take Matthew Christopher's high-neck lace embroidered trumpet gown — it's effortlessly regal with its Victorian-style neckline and antique-looking appliqueés. Pronovias's bead-encrusted illusion long-sleeved dress, on the other hand, is more modern and ethereal, while your dress's fit, you'll want to be on the look out for waist-cinching details and vertical embroideries. Whether it's a belt, a strict A-line, or a change in fabric from the bodice to the skirt, drawing the eye to the waist will inherently make the most of your gorgeous curves. Vertical details like figure-following lace lines or bead-work automatically lengthen your figure to make it appear like its most lean self.
Looking for a plus-size long-sleeve wedding dress? Take a look at these gowns, straight off the runway, for major dress-spiration.Illustration: Christina Park