wedding dresses with sleeves Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuiller

If your arms aren't your biggest asset, don't fret. Thanks in part to the gorgeous Sarah Burton wedding dress with long lace sleeves that Kate Middleton wore to her wedding, a little modesty is making a comeback and there are some stunning options available.

Sleeves may be practical or necessary, but they can also be delicate, feminine, and even playful. Start by deciding whether you want long or short sleeves.

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Women with long arms should opt for longer sleeves to cover more skin, whereas women with big shoulders are best suited to three-quarter length or draped sleeves. These brides will want to avoid sleeves that bisect the arm at its widest point.

Worried that you'll look too conventional or old-fashioned? Try pairing long-sleeves with a plunging neckline, open back, or some sheer lace along the neckline.

You can pick from a wide variety of short sleeved dresses - whether it's a cap or three-quarter length - they can be flirty and girly or more refined. Ivanka Trump's updated version of Grace Kelly's wedding dress (as above) may provide some inspiration here. The beautifully embroidered lace on Vera Wang's interpretation of Kelly's iconic dress reaches high on the neckline and finishes just above the elbow.

Drapey, flowy or fitted? Silk, lace, or chiffon? Whether you choose long or short sleeves, material options abound. Sleeves can be sheer with glittering crystal embellishments or have decorative stitching. Soft, draped, off-the-shoulder sleeves are nicely complemented with a cinched waist, and fitted sleeves look stunning with an open, scooped neck.

wedding dresses with sleeves


Dresses with sleeves may also be a great option for weddings with a more conservative tone. A  little cap sleeve goes a long way to creating a more traditional look. Monique Lhuillier, Luci Dibella and Pronovias at Rhonda Hemmingway has some exquisite dresses with this feature in their latest collections.

Don't compromise on your wedding dress - you can look stunning and leave a little to the imagination. Covering up your arms doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, it's never been so chic.

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