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.
No matter your style preferences, we've researched and rounded up the best options on the market to help you find your dream gown. For the soon-to-be bride who loves allover lace, our top recommendations are the Azazie Hayes Wedding Dress and the Lulus Duchess Ivory Lace Bell Sleeve Maxi Dress. Going for an ethereal and romantic look? Opt for the SaldanaVintage Boho Wedding Dress or the Rue de Seine Caine Dress.
Read on for the best bell sleeve wedding dresses for every style and budget.
Best Allover Lace
Lulus Duchess Ivory Lace Bell Sleeve Maxi Dress
Beautifully bohemian, this allover lace gown is perfect for the bride-to-be who loves an ethereal look. The exaggerated sleeves and gentle train add some drama to the romantic silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $149
JJ's House Chiffon Lace Wedding Dress
If your style icon is Stevie Nicks then you can't go wrong with this '70s-inspired gown. The plunging neckline, sparkling sequins, and exaggerated bell sleeves are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Price at time of publish: $220
Azazie Hayes Wedding Dress
A body-skimming silhouette combined with oversized bell sleeves lends this gown a decidedly flattering and dramatic aesthetic. Wear yours with delicate personal jewelry and strappy sandals.
Price at time of publish: $439
Azazie Stevie Wedding Dress
For an utterly romantic look, you can't go wrong with this jaw-dropping dress complete with vintage-inspired lace trim and delicate floral details. We love this effortless number for a garden ceremony or a rustic wedding set in the countryside.
Price at time of publish: $400
Reformation Valencia Dress
This mini dress features delicate lace bell sleeves and is a stunning choice for courthouse nuptials or a second reception look. Add a simple veil or retro-inspired blusher to complete your ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $428
For an Effortless Look
Blush Fashion Ivory Lace Bell Sleeves Gown
We can't help but picture this breezy bohemian gown set against a seaside backdrop. Light, airy, and feminine, this effortless style is our top pick for a beach or destination wedding.
Price at time of publish: $432
All Who Wander Lenox Boho Wedding Dress With Flared Bell Sleeves
Truly for the bohemian bride at heart, this intricate lace gown embodies a certain carefree attitude. Pair with a wide-brimmed hat and western-inspired boots for a rustic countryside wedding.
Rue de Seine Caine Dress
From the bell sleeves to luxurious cotton silk fabric, it doesn't get more eye-catching than this gown from Rue de Seine. Style your hair up to showcase the alluring bodice, open back, and delicate embroidery.
Price at time of publish: $4,250
Best Oversized Sleeves
SaldanaVintage Bell Sleeve Dress
For the free-spirited bride-to-be who loves effortless silhouettes, with vintage-inspired details, this bell sleeve gown is sure to please your bohemian sensibility.
Price at time of publish: $896
For an Elopement
Ei8th Hour Exclusive Satin Skate Dress with Bell Sleeves
For the minimalist bride, this lovely mini feels appropriate for a wide range of micro weddings—from courthouse nuptials to an intimate backyard wedding full of luscious greenery.
Price at time of publish: $90
miribridal Velvet Wedding Gown with Bell Sleeves
Throwing a winter wedding? This striking gown is crafted from sumptuous velvet making it a stylish option for cold-weather nuptials.
Price at time of publish: $600
Claire Pettibone Marie Gown
Inspired by the ruffles of the Renaissance Era, this gorgeous gown feels at once ethereal and regal. Even better? Thanks to its relaxed and easy-to-wear fit, you'll feel like you're floating down the aisle.
Claire Pettibone Venus Gown
Not one for white wedding dresses? Opt for this fairy-like gown featuring delicate pastel florals and shimmering tulle detailing. It's an utterly romantic and ethereal pick.
For the Laidback Bride
DreamersandLovers Vintage-Inspired Bell Sleeves Gown
The epitome of laidback elegance, this fun and stylish gown is a beautiful option for the boho bride-to-be.
Price at time of publish: $1,730
Meshki Giselle Dress
Searching for an ultra-chic wedding day outfit? Go for this silky, Hollywood glam-style dress featuring a fitted silhouette and subtle bell sleeves. It's sure to stun your guests (in the best way) when you step down the aisle.
Price at time of publish: $145
What to Look for in Bell Sleeve Wedding Dresses
Fabric and Fit
Just like any wedding dress, you'll want to consider the fabric and fit of your dress. Bell sleeve wedding dresses can often be found in allover lace designs and chiffon fabrics, while others are made in stunning silk materials. Many dresses follow a vintage vibe and are made with intricate embroidery, floral embellishments, or even shining sequins.
Sticking with the vintage-inspired aesthetic of bell sleeves, many bell sleeve dresses come in a body-skimming fit or airy and flowing silhouettes. So think about all of the details you love most and then go from there!
Wedding Venue and Aesthetic
Bell sleeve dresses couldn't be more perfect for a boho beachside wedding or a whimsical garden ceremony, but you can also find dresses that are appropriate for black-tie weddings and formal affairs. Think about the overall aesthetic and color scheme of your big day to help narrow down your choices. Hosting a chic city wedding? Go with a silk gown with just a subtle flare at the sleeves–such as the Meshki Giselle Dress.
What are bell sleeves?
Bell sleeves are quite literally sleeves that are shaped like a bell—they 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. There's also a ton of fun to dance in!