20 Long-Sleeved Wedding Dresses That Will Steal the Show

Hint: they're not just for the colder months

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For many brides-to-be, a top priority is finding a wedding dress that feels timeless but still speaks to their personality. A classic gown that nods to one's unique style is the most reliable way to ensure you'll feel in your own skin on the big day. One silhouette that consistently checks off these boxes is the long-sleeve wedding dress. 

Gowns with long, fitted sleeves have been a favorite for centuries thanks to their versatility and elegance. And while you may consider a dress that covers up your arms as a more conservative look, many fashion brands have proven that long sleeves can go a lot of ways (minimalist, bohemian, architectural, Victorian-inspired...you get the idea). From intricate lace sleeves to ethereal tulle all the way to sleek satin—there are so many choices for every style and body type.

Read on for the best long-sleeved wedding gowns.

Best Off-the-Shoulder: Wtoo by Watters Miles Gown

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If you want the long-sleeved look but want to show off a little more skin, an off-the-shoulder silhouette is the way to go. This ethereal pick is alluring and universally flattering.

Best Puff Sleeves: Reformation Tiered Puff Sleeves Dress

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If you’re searching for a wedding dress that’s non-traditional, this romantic number from Reformation is a pretty pick. Add a delicate wreath of flowers in your hair for prairie vibes.

For the Minimalist: Roland Mouret Ella Gown

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A delight for the minimalist bride, this classic long-sleeved gown is pared down to perfection. Subtle puff sleeves add balanced volume to the silhouette.

Best Lace Sleeves: Melissa Sweet Illusion Sleeve Faux Plus Size Wedding Dress

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The high slit on this long-sleeved lace dress adds fluidity to the entire gown. Plus, it gives the perfect opportunity for your heels to shine.

For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Danielle Frankel Simone Gown

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This bias-cut silk wool gown is sleek in the front and dramatic in the rear, thanks to the bold open-back detail. Call off the search, minimalists—your dream dress has been found.

Most Romantic: Galia Lahav Embellished Dress

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Featuring 3-D embellishments, this whimsical gown checks off all the boxes. And both the plunging neckline and striking back offer extra wow moments.

Most Timeless: Lela Rose The Rosewood Lace Gown

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If you’re looking for something subtly out of the ordinary, try this square neckline lace gown. It has a slightly retro vibe, but it still comes off looking timeless.

Best Sheer Sleeves: Amsale Sheer Sleeves Dress

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If you want the effect of long sleeves without the added weight, try sheer ones. The contrast between the delicate tulle and leaf lace lends a delicate finish to this gorgeous gown.

Best Fluted Sleeves: Danielle Frankel Tulle-Trimmed Wool and Silk-Blend Satin Gown

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Fluted sleeves can sometimes feel too bold, which is why these sheer ones on this breathtaking gown look so perfect. It's a subtle statement that really does that trick.

Best Allover Lace: Markarian Aphrodite White Lace Gown

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A peplum silhouette may not be on your wedding dress list of priorities—but it probably is now. This gown feels fashionable and fun—just add a soft lip color and simple heels to keep the look fresh.

Best Floral Print: Reformation Midi Dress

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For a backyard garden ceremony with a no-frills attitude, this dreamy white frock is a perfect option. You could even style it with flats.

Most Vintage–Inspired: Costarellos Althea

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Lean into an old-world aesthetic with this ruffle-neck, fluted-sleeve gown. Victorian-inspired brides, get excited.

Most Unique: Dana Harel Alexandra

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Not for the faint of heart, this show-stopping gown features a plunging neckline and matching front slits that reveal a lace mini hemline.

Best Neckline: Chana Marelus Dahlia

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Exquisite beading and a delicately scalloped neckline are just a couple of many breathtaking details on this wedding dress. The dainty, long sleeves seal the deal.

For the Boho Bride: Nevenka Your Heart Is Your Queen Dress

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The proportions on this handcrafted gown are well-suited for an earthy, free-spirited bride. Come for the bell sleeves, stay for the pretty swaths of white lace.

Best Clean Lines: Cortana Ivy Dress

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Crafted in silk georgette, this dress boasts clean lines and a flattering silhouette. The asymmetrical open back also offers a unique twist.

Best A-Line Silhouette: Oleg Cassini Off-the-Shoulder Plus Size Wedding Dress

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Crafted with three types of lace motifs and over 2,000 beads and sequins, this long-sleeved gown is sure to shine bright all day long.

Best Budget: Lulu’s Divine Dress

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An easy, effortless option for the bride who wants a gown that feels low-key. Wear your hair naturally and add in a pair of strappy sandals.

Most Body-Hugging: Provonias Illusion Long-Sleeve Dress

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The juxtaposition between the lace sleeves and silk bodice make this gown a winning choice. The mermaid silhouette and stunning lace train add drama and classic elegance.

For the Classic Bride: David’s Bridal Off-the-Shoulder Buttoned Back Crepe Wedding Dress

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This classic long-sleeved gown echoes minimalist sensibilities without feeling too plain. Add in sparkling earrings for a touch of glamour.

What to look for in a long sleeve wedding dress

Long sleeve wedding dresses are a great choice for winter nuptials or for brides who are looking for a silhouette with more coverage. While long sleeve dresses are a smart pick for the colder months, they're actually highly versatile and can be worn year-round. For spring and summer weddings, opt for sleeves crafted from sheer tulle or lightweight lace. If you're looking for something a little more fashion-forward and statement-making, consider dramatic bishop sleeves or styles with allover embellishments. And for brides who prefer a more modest silhouette, long sleeve gowns with high necklines and floor-length hems have you covered.

FAQ
  • Can I wear a long sleeve wedding dress in the summer?

    Absolutely! Wedding dresses with lightweight sleeves cut from breathable fabrics like tulle, chiffon, and lace are all great options for warm-weather nuptials.

  • Do long sleeve wedding dresses work for all body types?

    Long sleeve wedding dresses work well for all shapes and sizes and come in a wide range of figure-flattering silhouettes.

  • Are long sleeve wedding dresses comfortable?

    Long sleeves wedding dresses can be very comfortable but keep in mind that some fabrics are more structured than others and may limit your range of motion. Certain fabrics may also feel rough or scratchy if you have sensitive skin.

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Nicole Kliest is a fashion, travel, and food & wine writer based in New York City. With over nine years of experience in the digital publishing industry, her work has appeared on sites including Who What Wear, The Zoe Report, Cools, Popsugar, Harper's Bazaar, Elle.

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