Puffy-Sleeve Wedding Dresses Are Back! 26 Styles That Feel Modern & Fresh

Better than an ‘80s flashback, we swear

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

Wedding dress trends are constantly evolving, but no matter how fresh a design feels, there’s often some sort of influence from way back when. Over the past few seasons, nostalgia á la the ‘80s and early ‘90s has infiltrated fashion in various forms, from voluminous tops to minimal slips and bold-shoulder party dresses. Now, the bigger-is-better mentality is translating to wedding gowns with puffy sleeves as a primary focal point. We know, we know, giant sleeves on a wedding dress sounds super old school—thoughts of your mom, aunt, or grandma’s wedding photos from years ago are likely percolating in your memory—and a little too Disney princess for most modern brides’ taste. But oversized sleeves are no longer an antiquated, cringe-worthy style of decades past. In fact, we’re here to report that big sleeves are officially back and in modern form from sleek, Victorian-inspired sleeves to delicately puffed shoulders.

It may be hard to imagine a full-sized sleeve on a wedding dress appearing fresh, but the latest versions are exactly that. From fluttery fabrics to structured shapes, today’s voluminous sleeves range from daring and dramatic to subtly puffed. Of course, there’s a dose of nostalgia that comes with this style of wedding gown, but with modern design at play, today’s puffy sleeves are fit for fashion-forward and whimsical brides alike.

For something sleek, a minimal gown in satin or crêpe with a bold shoulder or exaggerated sleeve is refined, but with a skosh of drama. For a downplayed take with a more intricate design like embroidery, lace, or beadwork, go for a wedding gown with long sleeves that billow just so at the cuffs or short sleeves that puff up ever so slightly on the shoulder. For the bride who’s all about drama—this trend is perfect for you! The bigger the sleeve, the better whether you go for sheer three-quarter-length sleeves, ample, off-the-shoulder puffs, or long, slim sleeves with voluminous shoulders.

Whether you’re for a subtle play on volume or love the fantasy of a poufy, princess-style design, scroll through our edit of 26 puffy-sleeve wedding gowns for every style and budget.

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Acler Vicount Eyelet Cotton Mini Dress

Short white Acler dress with exaggerated sleeves

 Courtesy of Acler

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $595

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Azazie Campbell BG Wedding Tulle Dress

Courtesy of Azazie

SHOP NOW: Azazie, $449

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Hayley Paige Harley Stripe Off-The-Shoulder Organza Gown

Courtesy of Hayley Paige

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,445

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Markarian Esmeralda V-Neck Silk Floral Dress With Train

Courtesy of Markarian

SHOP NOW: Markarian, $3,495

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Emilia Wickstead Claris Puff-Sleeve Gown

Dress with sheer puff sleeves

Courtesy of Emilia Wickstead 

SHOP NOW: Emilia Wickstead, price upon request

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Stone Fox Bride Rita Asymmetrical Off-The-Shoulder Chiffon Gown

Courtesy of Stone Fox Bride

SHOP NOW: Stone Fox Bride, $4,300

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Vera Wang Virginie Strapless A-Line Gown With Draped French Tulle

Vera Wang Dramatic Sleeve Dress

Courtesy of Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: Vera Wang, price upon request

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Markarian Celementine Fitted Bodice Silk Gown With Lace Sleeves

Courtesy of Markarian

SHOP NOW: Markarian, $7,395

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Alex Perry Clark Draped Crepe Dress

Alex Perry dress with high slit and puff sleeves

 Courtesy of Alex Perry

SHOP NOW: Net-a-Porter, $2,400

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Dany Mizrachi Spring Summer 2019 Deep-V Gown

Courtesy of Dany Mizrachi

SHOP NOW: Dany Mizrachi, price upon request

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Dana Harel Whitney Beaded Gown

Courtesy of Dana Harel

SHOP NOW: Dana Harel, price upon request

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Reem Acra Spring 2018 Glamorous Gown

Courtesy of Reem Acra

SHOP NOW: Reem Acra, price upon request

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Berta Style 18-126 Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Berta

SHOP NOW: Berta, price upon request

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Inses Di Santo Ella Puff-Sleeve Gown

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

SHOP NOW: Ines Di Santo, price upon request

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Atelier Pronovias Carina Gown With Detachable Sleeves

Courtesy of Atelier Pronovias

SHOP NOW: Pronovias, price upon request

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Lihi Hod Savannah Embroidered Gown

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

SHOP NOW: Lihi Hod, price upon request

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Temperley London Celeste Sequined Tulle Dress

Courtesy of Temperley London

SHOP NOW: Temperley London, price upon request

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Halfpenny London George Silk Top and Skirt

Courtesy of Halfpenny London

SHOP NOW: Halfpenny London, price upon request

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Savannah Miller Clara Sheer Gown

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

SHOP NOW: Savannah Miller, price upon request

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Elizabeth Fillmore Elodie Lace and Silk Crepe Gown

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

SHOP NOW: Elizabeth Fillmore, price upon request

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Viktor&Rolf Mariage Rose Dramatic Sleeve Empire Gown

Viktor&Rolf gown with dramatic off-the-shoulder sleeves

Courtesy of Viktor&Rolf

SHOP NOW: Viktor&Rolf, price upon request

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 Bridal Collection Look 7 Mini Dress With Train

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

SHOP NOW: Oscar de la Renta, price upon request

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Monique Lhuillier Bardot Silk Crepe Column Gown

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

SHOP NOW: Monique Lhuillier, price upon request

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Inbal Dror 19-2 Sheer Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Inbal Dror

SHOP NOW: Inbal Dror, price upon request

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Danielle Frankel Berthe Dramatic Off-The-Shoulder Gown

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

SHOP NOW: Danielle Frankel, price upon request

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Alon Livné Jackie Bolero Fitted Bodice Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Alon Livné

SHOP NOW: Alon Livné, price upon request

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