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 comfortable in your own skin on the big day. One silhouette that consistently checks off these boxes is the long-sleeve wedding dress. 

Long, fitted sleeves on gowns have been a favorite for hundreds of years because they are easy to wear and look elegant. 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, etc.). From intricate lace sleeves to ethereal tulle all the way to sleek satin, there are so many choices for every style and body type.

White Lace Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Lace sleeves (as opposed to solid silk) add a textural element to a wedding dress. This Lulus gown feels romantic and delicate—and the lace-crafted sleeves add a touch of old-world charm. Plus, it retails for under $150 making it budget-friendly to boot.

BHLDN Vale Gown

If you’re going for the unabashedly romantic aesthetic, this long-sleeved lace dress should do the trick. The feminine puff sleeves are offset by the sexy and modern plunging neckline. We can’t help but picture this style at a gorgeous garden soirée.

Rime Arodaky Joni Swiss-Dot Tulle and Crepe Gown

For a bold aesthetic, go for this striking gown featuring delicate swiss-dot tulle, slightly flared sleeves, and a dramatic front slit. It’s a design that works with a range of wedding decor styles, but we can’t help but envision it at a chic city wedding.

Reformation Stars Dress

If you’re searching for a wedding dress with bohemian vibes, this puff sleeves number from Reformation is a pretty pick. Add a delicate wreath of flowers in your hair and keep accessories simple to complete your effortless look.

Chana Marelus Dahlia Pearl-Encrusted Sheath Wedding Gown

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.

What to Look For in a Long Sleeve Wedding Dress

Long sleeve wedding dresses are an excellent 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 all-over embellishments. And for brides who prefer a more modest silhouette, long sleeve gowns with high necklines and floor-length hems have you covered.

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