Thanks to Kate Middleton, long-sleeved wedding dresses have transcended their stuffy stigma to be viewed as a style of classic elegance. And while we've always coveted this feminine touch, we've never loved sleeves more than right now.
No longer are they confined to sheaths of lace; sleeves are taking shape in the form of everything from flouncing angles to cascading cuffs. And they're fashioned out of more than just lace—whether it's illusion fabrics, fun embellishments, or delicate embroidery, the style has no limits.
Spirited with a playful personality, today's dramatic wedding dress sleeves take on a life of their own to make a flourishing statement.
Flouncy, with an airy quality that is utterly dreamy, blouson sleeves are all about the romance. Paired with a cold shoulder in silk chiffon, the style brings a laidback boho chic touch to Theia's ivory Sienna gown.
Vera Wang mastered the art of the draped sleeve, a sexy, yet refined look. Seen in several pieces in her Fall 2017 collection, no draped sleeve is pulled off quite like that in the Floriana dress, appearing as an effortless extension to the shoulder cowl neck gown in French tulle.
Introducing a new type of train—dangling sleeves cascading to the floor. Ines di Santo's Lisette gown brings a mix of drama and softness to its sleeves of tulle adorned with aqua floral embellishments and bronze beadwork.
Tiered sleeves have a playful and dramatic connotation that can transform into a variety of styles. Sheer fabric gives way to flourishing tiered lace in the sleeves of this Pnina Tornai dress, mirroring the mermaid skirt. Together, they pay homage to the Victorian past.
The perfect accessory for the bohemian bride: bell sleeves with a hint of '60s vibes. Light and pretty, they have a free-spirited air about them. They're the perfect complement to Flora Bridal's graceful and flowing Simone dress, with lace detail and an off-the-shoulder neckline.
Fringe sleeves make for a one-of-a kind look. Naeem Khan, who played with a variety of sleeve styles this season, mastered this style in the Lugano dress, in which he played with a mod silhouette, structured embroidery, and mix of textures.
Nothing adds a romantic touch like a fluttery poet sleeve. Maggie Sottero's Gabriella dress nails the look with illusion lace, complementing the lace sheath gown for a vintage bohemian style.
Billowing shapes and confined cuffs combine into the perfect nod to previous centuries. In harmony with an Edwardian neckline, period sleeves act as a finishing accent to this vintage-inspired Chrysanthemum gown by Claire Pettibone, artfully crafted with elaborate motifs and texture.