Puffy-Sleeve Wedding Dresses Are Back! 27 Styles That Feel Modern & Fresh

Better than an ‘80s flashback, we swear

Updated 02/23/19

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 a like.

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. Then there’s 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, ahead, scroll through our edit of 27 puffy-sleeve wedding gowns for every style and budget. Turn up the volume.

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Stone Cold Fox Custom Martin Gown

Courtesy of Stone Cold Fox

SHOP NOW: Stone Cold Fox, $400

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Azazie Campbell BG Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Azazie

SHOP NOW: Azazie, $449

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Elizabeth Fillmore Nico Silk Tuxedo Dress With Lantern Sleeve

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $3,300

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Hayley Paige Harley Stripe Off the Shoulder Organza Gown

Courtesy of Hayley Paige

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,344

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Markarian Esmeralda V-Neck Silk Floral Dress With Train

Courtesy of Markarian

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $3,495

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Inmaculada García Tecate Puff Sleeve Tulle Ballgown with Overskirt

Courtesy of Inmaculada García

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $3,993

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Stone Fox Bride The Rita

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

Courtesy of Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $4,900

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Markarian Celementine Fitted Bodice Silk Gown With Lace Sleeves

Courtesy of Markarian

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $7,395

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Costarellos Bridal Embroidered Lace Ethereal Gown

Courtesy of Costarellos Bridal

SHOP NOW: Moda Operandi, $7,695

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Dany Mizrachi Spring Summer 2019 Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Dany Mizrachi

SHOP NOW: Dany Mizrachi, price upon request

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Dana Harel Puff Sleeve Design Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Dana Harel

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Reem Acra Spring 2018 Bridal Collection Look 8 – Glamorous Gown

Courtesy of Reem Acra

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Berta Wedding Dress Style 18-126

Courtesy of Berta

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Inses Di Santo Ella Gown

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

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Atelier Pronovias Carina Gown

Courtesy of Atelier Pronovias

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Lihi Hod Savannah Gown

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

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Temperley London Celeste Dress

Courtesy of Temperley London

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Halfpenny London George Top and Skirt

Courtesy of Halfpenny London

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Savannah Miller Clara Gown

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

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Elizabeth Fillmore Elodie Gown

Courtesy of Elizabeth Fillmore

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Courtesy of Viktor&Rolf Mariage

Viktor&Rolf Mariage Rose Sleeve Empire Gown

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 Bridal Collection Look 7

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

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Monique Lhuillier Bardot Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

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Inbal Dror 19-2 Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Inbal Dror

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Danielle Frankel Berthe Gown

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

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Alon Livné Jackie Bolero Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Alon Livné

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