‘Tis the season of long sleeved wedding dresses—in more ways than one. Not only is winter prime time for some fantastic princess-esque lace sleeves to ward off the cold, it also comes right on the heels of the Fall 2018 collections, which, if you hadn’t noticed, was chock full of long sleeved wedding dresses. Designers returned to tradition with this gorgeous style, and they didn’t discriminate, conjuring up everything from blouson and bell sleeves to illusion lace. But the runways aren’t the only place you can see this trend—real brides heart it, too. We see more and more brides flaunt long-sleeved numbers in a surprising array of diverse styles, and we’re just loving this modern take on tradition. Here, 13 mega stylish brides, including Pernille Teisbaek and Mary Lawless, show you how it’s done.
This stunning Romona Keveza ball gown looks like it stepped right out of a modern day storybook, with a dreamy cloud-like skirt and long-sleeved, high-collared lace and dot bodice.
This Carol Hannah gown proves that a modest look doesn’t have to be stuffy. From a long-sleeve embroidered bodice to a floaty layered skirt, it’s nothing but timeless sophistication.
Romantic and feminine with a hint of vintage, this pale grey beauty of a Marchesa gown is the perfect fit for a Paris elopement. We’re loving the gauzy sleeves, cascading one-shoulder, and silver embellishment details that give way to elegant ruching.
We are dying over this fashion-forward bride! Beba’s Closet has an amazing take on minimalism with a simple streamlined silhouette and flowing cape. The real highlight, though? Those striking, colorful floral embellishments.
Real bride Skyeler’s off-shoulder dress by Dreamers and Lovers has some serious bohemian magic, from its crochet lace to its bell sleeves. We love how she paired it with a flower crown for a final boho touch.
We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a bride look quite so chic. Real bride Jenya mirrored the European elegance of her Irish castle venue with a Giambattista Valli Haute Couture high-low showstopper (would you look at that cascading train!?) and peplum sweater. Talk about an eye for style.
If you detect a slight ‘80s vibe in this stunning gown, you’re not wrong. This dress was originally the bride’s mom’s, and the bride redid it to suit a more modern style. We love everything about it, from the crystal adornments to scalloped lace hem and pointed bodice.
How amazing is the illusion lace with nude underlay on this Rue de Seine gown? Bride Maeve had a botanical theme for her wedding, and the bold petal and leaf patterns on the bodice were the perfect complement. Coupled with a lush bouquet and greenery headpiece, she looks like Mother Nature’s goddess.
As a fashion stylist, Brandy has a very distinct vision of what she would wear on her wedding day—but that's not what she ended up with! She decided she was not a traditional dress girl and called on Wendel Johnston, a tailor she frequently works with, to create a custom, high-necked piece together. "If you know me, you know this dress is exactly my style," she adds.
Journalist Noor Tagouri wore a breathtaking, long-sleeve gown by Pronovias. “When you put on your dress, you’ll just know!” she says of her crepe A-line gown with beaded floral motifs and an elegant train. She added a beautiful headpiece and a flowing floral-edged veil to accentuate her hijab.
“When my mom asked me how I wanted to feel in my wedding dress, I answered with one word: Beautiful,” says bride Kiley. With a little help from the team at Vera Wang, that was exactly the result. Kiley wore a Chantilly lace gown with knuckle-length sleeves, a sheer high neck, and a curve-skimming silhouette.
When a fashion stylist gets married, you know the dress is going to be good—and Pernille Teisbaek's pearl-embellished Vera Wang gown is no exception.
Samantha went into dress shopping with a clear vision: Statement sleeves and bursts of color. With that in mind, she ordered three Needle and Thread gowns from Net-a-Porter, tried them on at home, and quickly said "yes" to one with a flowing skirt and intricate floral beading. (Seriously, how pretty is that detail?!)