Choosing a Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
When you say “yes” to a long sleeve wedding gown, you’re also saying “yes” to a warmer gown. Perfect for winter weddings as well as more versatility (hello, detachable sleeves!), the look is equally functional as it is dramatic and elegant.
Regardless of your body type, long sleeve bridal gowns are a great choice for any and all brides. Although, those who have considerable height or long limbs wear long sleeves especially well. The style offers full coverage for those who prefer modesty or favor a dramatic and regal bridal look ultimately contributing to the comfort and confidence of each bride and her individual preferences.
The long sleeve wedding dress is nothing new, but with the rising desire for more versatile and convertible options, the long sleeve has experienced a revamp in recent years. The ways in which designers are creating innovative designs to introduce long sleeves into their looks is forever expanding. While detachable sleeves create a two-in-one bridal look, delicate lace gloves as well as billowy balloon sleeves also offer versatility and elegance. Trends such as the off-the-shoulder long sleeve can offer an undoubtedly iconic and sexy spin on the traditional style.
From bishop to bell, it’s no wonder long sleeve wedding dresses are so abundant in our expansive collection. There’s such a vast selection of different style sleeves to choose from! To break it down, we’ve made you a cheat sheet for a few of the most popular sleeve styles:
“Illusion sleeves” are a sleeve style that is created by combining sheer fabric with lace appliqué or embellishment. Creating a delicate and romantic effect, it appears as though the design is simply floating upon the skin.
“Bishop Sleeves” are a sleeve style that cuffs at the upper arm before it balloons out into a voluminous poof and tapers back in to cinch at the wrist.
“Bell Sleeves” are a sleeve style that is wide and full. It typically expands well past the wrist thus achieving an ethereal and drapey look.
When selecting your long sleeve wedding gown, it is important to consider comfort and mobility as long sleeve styles do present some level of restriction. Due to the delicate nature of bridal fabrics, most are not able to stretch enough to raise your arms over your head. For those who love to dance the night away, opt for sleeves that detach.
Long sleeve wedding dresses are the perfect choice for brisk fall and winter nuptials because they provide additional coverage and warmth. But, that doesn’t mean that spring and summer brides are required to opt for sleeveless styles! Say “I do” under the summer sun with an airy, detachable sleeve and an open back to keep you cool and covered. Then, shed those sleeves, so you can dance the night away!
Consider the theme and formality of your wedding when selecting your long sleeve wedding dress. For a bohemian flair, opt for bell sleeves. Looking for luxury? The intricate yet delicate detail of illusion sleeves make the style a no-brainer. For our couture brides seeking a fashion-forward look, bishop sleeves provide an utterly dramatic bridal element. Ultimately, there are no rules! We encourage you to say “yes” to the dress that speaks to your personal vision and represents who you are as an individual.
Beauty comes in every style and shape. That’s why we are proud to offer the largest selection of plus size wedding dresses for our brides to try on in store. Discover our long sleeve plus size wedding dress collection here.
Complement your long sleeve bridal look with one (or several!) of Kleinfeld’s hundreds of accessories. From delicate floral headpieces and lightweight veils to jewelry, belts, and shoes, there is an endless assortment to choose from. Book your accessories appointment with a personal stylist to discover the perfect match to your dress. Learn more about accessories by exploring our Wedding Accessories Guide here.
Whichever long sleeve wedding dress you say “yes” to, you’re in luck! Due to the meticulous craftsmanship and couture methods of several of our designers, there is often the option for customizations. Inquire with your personal bridal stylist to transform your look into one that is entirely yours.
Similarly, the magic of Kleinfeld doesn’t stop in the showroom! It continues in the alterations department. For those brides who said “yes” to a long sleeve wedding dress, the fit is especially important! From hand-beaded embellishments to custom fittings, our team of master seamstresses will make your wedding gown as unique as you are. Learn more about our alterations services here.
Kleinfeld’s collection of long sleeve wedding gowns can range from $1,500 to $25,000 depending on the intricacy of design details and choice of materials for each gown. Please call for individual wedding dress prices and availability here.