‘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 collections, which, if you hadn’t noticed, are usually chock full of long sleeved wedding dresses. Designers return to tradition with this gorgeous style, and they don'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, 27 mega-stylish brides, including Pernille Teisbaek and Mary Lawless, show you how it’s done.
This stunning Romona Keveža 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?)
Fashion influencer Mary Lawless of Happily Grey couldn't go without putting her personal stamp on her dream dress, and honestly it might just be our dream dress, too. She fell in love with a low-backed Claire Pettibone lace masterpiece but instantly knew that she had to make it her own. With the help of local couture designer Karen Hendrix, she customized the design by opening up the back, and adding a high neckline and long sleeves.
Lawless later changed into a Pronovias reception dress featuring appliquéd illusion sleeves and bodice, with a formfitting trumpet silhouette, for her Nashville nuptials.
Kim wore a simplistic silk Romona Keveža strapless dress that she purchased off the rack, but knew she had to inject some drama into her ensemble. She achieved just that by creating a custom satin-faced organza coat with designer Veronica Sheaffer. The bell sleeves and sweeping train leave us breathless.
Amanda's wedding celebration in Córdoba created the ideal setting for her jaw-dropping Berta Bridal gown. The sultry number featured a pearl-embellished mermaid silhouette, with equally adorned long sleeves and deep V-neckline. The pièce de résistance? A matching train with floral motifs.
Okay, boho brides, are you ready for this one? Christina found this crochet lace Elie Saab gown in a floral-patterned design online—some girls just have all the luck. The style featured a complementary simple silhouette but absolutely wowed with a sheer back and those lace sleeves.
Style influencer Hilary Rushford was the epitome of romance in this gorgeous long-sleeve dress of hand-made lace by Monique Lhuillier. She fell for the design because it "felt timeless yet modern," with the classic ball-gown juxtaposed against the contemporary and sexy neckline.
Jen wanted a light and airy feel to her bridal style when she began looking for a wedding dress. She chose this billowy Dan Jones minimal design with long, flowing sleeves. The result was an ethereal yet uncomplicated look for an ultra cool-girl California wedding.
Jimena, and her entire family, worked with Belen Barbero of Beba's Closet to custom create this colorful wedding dress. A flowing A-line skirt is paired with bishop sleeves and vibrant embroidery that illustrates the jewelry designer bride's signature butterfly emblem.
This fashion designer bride chose to pay tribute to her Greek heritage by wearing a dress created by a Hellenic designer in lieu of fashioning her own. The guipure lace gown by Costarellos features a fashion-forward high neckline and belled long sleeves.
This bold bride stunned in flawless simplicity with this classic look by Alberta Ferretti. The timelessly minimalist design of silk made for a surprising choice for this bride's audacious personality and matching taste in fashion.
Alyssa fell head over heels with the only dress she tried on, this statement piece by Rue De Seine. The large lace appliqué covering the entirety of the dress evokes a decidedly Art Deco vibe that matches the bride's engagement ring and the dreamy outdoor ceremony setting of their intimate elopement in Florence.
Bride Shirley's delicate Vera Wang gown features a sleek silhouette with a full length of hand-sewn pearls over dainty lace. A high neckline adds to the Victorian look that perfectly fits with the vintage theme of the wedding.
Long sleeves, but make it fashion. We would expect nothing less of bridal designer Leanne Marshall's personal wedding dress. After years of outfitting brides around the world, the designer had a dramatic vision of silk organza, watercolor prints and drawings, and far-from-traditional neckline for her own dress. But those illusion "sleeve-lets," as she refers to them, are what really have our eye.
It took 70 dresses before this bride found her perfect match—and we think it was well worth the wait. The 71st dress was this Marchesa Notte showstopper of floral-appliquéd lace and the most whimsical of flowy, bardot sleeves.
Blogger Tracy Nour custom designed the princess wedding gown of her fantasies with RMINE. The results of that labor of love (literally) was this heavenly creation of blissfully layered tulle and fluttering lace sleeves balanced out by a soft, deep-v neckline. We can't stop gushing over this divine work of bridal art.