Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses to Covet

There are endless options when it comes to selecting a wedding dress. Making that final call can seem daunting, Sometimes you just know when you’ve found ‘the one.’

Thanks to the fabulous designs included in our 2017 bridal collection, we have a feeling that lots of brides are going to be finding ‘the one’ very soon.

Demand for particular wedding dress styles are frequently influenced by what is currently being seen on the high fashion runways. Designers take their inspirations from the catwalk. They also look to celebrity wedding dresses, which create a whole new demand for certain styles.

Today we’re taking a look at the current trend for long sleeve wedding dresses. That includes why it’s becoming more common to cover up your arms on your big day. There are plenty of reasons why brides are coveting this covered-up look.

You may have the image of a strapless white gown in your head as the gold standard. However, there is a plethora of interesting designs options to consider on this special occasion.

Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses

One of the big reasons why long sleeve wedding dresses regained popularity was because of the royal wedding back in 2011. Remember when Britain welcomed Kate Middleton into the royal family? The whole world could not get enough of her long sleeve Alexander McQueen dress.

It was elegant, surprisingly simple and subtle. There was something so beautiful about those sheer lace floral-embroidered sleeves. The end result was delicate and feminine, and it sparked a massive resurgence in the popularity of the long sleeved, lace wedding dress.

However, Kate is far from the first to wear a dress with sleeves on her wedding day. Long sleeves were a common feature of bridal design throughout the first half of the 20th century. Many even say that Kate’s dress designer took inspiration from Grace Kelly’s wedding dress.

Grace’s dress featured a similar silhouette and long lace sleeves. her wedding took place back in 1956.  It’s safe to say that vintage inspiration is also what’s making the long sleeve wedding dress come back into popularity.

You can also look back at other big fashion icons who wore long sleeves on their big day. That includes Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. It’s no surprise that we want to steal a piece of their chic style!

A Celebrity Favorite

In recent years, several big name celebrities have also opted for a very similar look. It was hard to miss when Kim Kardashian married rapper Kanye West in Italy. The reality star wore a custom gown that also featured sheer white lace sleeves quite similar to Kate Middleton’s gown.

Kim opted to go for a different style for the body of the dress itself. It was much more figure-hugging with a paneled bodice and mermaid skirt. It sparked a huge demand for similar styles.

Fashionista Olivia Palermo wowed her wedding guests and also got people talking because of her wedding dress choice. We all knew she’d do something a little different, but her wedding outfit choice was still surprising. Her look consisted of a simple long sleeve white top tucked into a white lace skirt.

It looked effortless, elegant and really summed up her personal style as well. Olivia likely took her inspiration from a vintage look. However, she made it completely her own.

Actress Allison Williams had the ultimate long sleeve bridal dress for her big day. It featured 3D florals, a plunging back and delicate transparent fabric for the sleeves. She topped off the look with a long veil and looked absolutely incredible in her wedding photo.

The Wishlist

Long Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress – Jovani Style JB25084

This incredible long sleeve wedding dress design is beautifully balanced. The sheer neckline, heart-shaped bodice and lace detailing are all crafted to perfection. It also features an open back that is framed beautifully with lace.

This form-fitting piece shows off just the right amount of skin and is designed to flatter your figure. There’s a short train at the end of the skirt which adds just a touch of drama to the look. It has elegance at its very core.


White and Nude Fitted Embellished Gown – Jovani Style 27695

Nude dresses are a huge trend right now, and this dress puts a bridal spin on the big fashion movement. The long sleeve floor-length gown features white lace and tiny embellishments for further drool-worthy details. While it’s quite covered up from the front, the back is open for a sexy surprise.

The nude underlay creates a bold illusion that is fashion-forward while still holding on to traditional wedding dress elements. The bottom of this perfect dress flares into a very gentle mermaid shape, creating a silhouette that highlights your figure.

It is the perfect balance between sexy and sophisticated.  It highlights you, but places focus on the woman wearing the dress. If you’re looking for a modern long sleeve wedding dress that’s very fashion forward, look no further.

We recommend styling this one with more nude tones; patent nude heels would look gorgeous with this. The simple colors also allow you to play with your makeup. You could opt to add a lip color in a statement shade or play with adding a focal point to your eyes or hair.







Ivory Off the Shoulder Long Sleeve Dress – Jovani Style 31125

We’re coveting this one because it’s so refined and timeless. This long sleeve design has sheer lace sleeves that actually lay off the shoulder. The detailing on this dress is just stunning too.

The lace bodice and sleeves are covered in embellishments so they sparkle. The detailing is placed over the lace to coordinate with the pattern. The skirt of this dress is a simple pure white, which is another reason we love it.

Overall, it has a chic minimalist vibe and still manages to look so classic. This dress can also be styled in so many different ways. It’s perfect for adding your own personalized twist to complete your wedding day look.


More Wedding Dress Options



This long sleeve couture dress with amazing gold embellishments and a long tail brings some extra drama to the bridal game. This design will make jaws drop and is a slightly alternative option too. We also love this white sheer dress which features an over-sized lace pattern to make a big impact.

There are some things to consider no matter what long sleeve dress you choose. Don’t forget how having details on your arms may change your final bridal look. You may want to wear less jewelry around your neckline.

A pair of chandelier earrings can make for a good jewelry alternative when in doubt. Bracelets may simply get in the way of your sleeves so try on your jewelry carefully. Most importantly, feeling comfortable and gorgeous in your chosen wedding dress is what it’s all about!

Still looking for wedding dress alternatives? Check out some other choices that are different from the norm. Browse through the Jovani wedding collection to see a full range of designs.

Jovani dresses are available in a range of styles and sizes. You’ll also find options for your bridesmaids and bridal party. Feel like the perfect bride no matter what option you choose and enjoy your big day.