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Worn by royalty and nobility during the Medieval Era, and by style icons like Stevie Nicks in the 1970s, bell sleeve dresses have been part of the fashion lexicon for centuries. Today, these beautifully flared sleeves can be seen on everything from fashion-forward crop-tops to bohemian-inspired wedding dresses. What's more, today's bell sleeves have been reimagined to include many iterations of this enduring trend from clean and modern designs to bold and dramatic silhouettes.
Whether you’re looking to make a statement on your wedding day or have a penchant for vintage-inspired silhouettes, bell sleeve wedding dresses are an eye-catching choice for any type of wedding. For brides with a daring sense of style, exaggerated bell sleeves in allover lace and velvet are always a showstopping option. Looking for something more subtle? While bell sleeves are often long, dramatic, and statement-making, there are also many versions that are ever-so-gently flared and more suited for traditional tastes.
Ahead, the best bell sleeve wedding dresses for every style and budget.
Searching for the perfect wedding dress with bell sleeves? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for this style.
- What are bell sleeves? Bell sleeves are quite literally sleeves that are shaped like a bell—and are fitted around the arm and flare out at the wrists. They also come in a wide range of lengths and sizes.
- Are bell sleeve wedding dresses appropriate for all types of weddings? While bell sleeve wedding dresses have a certain bohemian flair to them, they're appropriate for all types of weddings and come in a wide range of silhouettes to suit many different bridal styles.
- Are bell sleeve wedding dresses comfortable? Due to their flared design, bell sleeves are typically loose-fitting and comfortable, and fun to dance in, to boot.