Perhaps no current trend has a hold as strong as the puffy sleeve. One of the reasons for this may be its adaptability: A puffy sleeve can be found on a blouse, a jumpuit, a babydoll dress, a maxi dress, and, as it turns out, even on a wedding dress. While the phrase "trendy wedding dress" might raise some eyebrows, these puff-sleeved frocks are delightfully elegant, and will never be boring.
If this is a style you're considering for your big day, browse through our picks below for inspiration.
Stunning Gowns with Puff Sleeves to Wear on Your Wedding Day
1. First off, we have this decadent, regal dress with brambly embroidery. The curved v neckline slices through the cloudlike silhouette, lending the dress definition and a sultry focal point.
2. As you'll see, deep v-necks and puff sleeves make a flattering tandem. This gown is proof that maximalism is not a requirement for otherworldly, ethereal garb, as the simplicity of this dress is borderline angelic. The ribbed sleeves appear puffy only by position, as they lean outward, creating a dramatic neckline. The wrapped waist spills out into a floor-length skirt.
3. Channel the creations of Cecilie Bahnsen by donning a gown with an narrow front, joined to puff sleeves that curve along the peak of the bust. Pulling in the sleeves' starting points does wonders for creating a slender look, so, if you're worried about whether voluminous puff sleeves will make your bust look wider than they are, consider this cut. Additionally, the tiered skirt will make you look taller.
4. Maximal in volume but void of embellishment, this gown is a marshmallow dream. We mean that in the best way possible—the dress is elegant without being austere, and the low back and off-shoulder cut keeps it coquettish and utterly youthful. The model exemplifies that this gown would flatter brides with shorter hairstyles. So, so fashionable.
5. For the off-kilter: Consider this busy satin gown that resembles an upside-down calla lily. The tulle skirt underneath adds volume and attitude, creating a canopy that places the bride's shoes front and center. If you decide to wear a similar design down the aisle, make sure to invest in showstopping steppers.
6. How about puff sleeves situated exclusively around the elbow? There's no upstaging this unapologetically princessy gown. The A-line skirt, curved deep v-neckline, and fitted cuffs make for a perfect, classy gown.
7. Long, sheer sleeves are your best bet when picking out the best puff sleeves to go with a textured mermaid gown. The tiny floral appliqués add 3D details which contrast the sheer panels beautifully.
8. This dreamy, girly frock features an empire waist, a sheer long skirt, and vine embroidery. Sheer fabric will instantly make a dress look ethereal and fairy-like, so if you're looking for a fairytale dress sans the excessive frou frou and volume, opt for translucent gowns and dainty details.
9. As you've seen, mesh dresses are rarely plain. In fact, this gown has so many textures that it gets more interesting the longer you look at it. The gathered sleeves feature dotted chiffon, the corset-like bodice is embroidered and boned, and the "tiered" skirt features both lace and mesh, and is covered in a fine layer of tulle. The end result is gauzy, feminine, and young.
10. Wedding dresses don't always have to feature plunging v-necklines and sweetheart shapes. The broad scoop neck of this dress is quite pastoral, yet it lends the overall look an elegant, quiet simplicity. Due to the lack of bling and billowy fabrics, it is a must for the dress to perfectly fit the bride—a snug, stately fit would look absolutely stunning.
11. Brides who love suits might want want to consider this polished gown with prominent leg of mutton sleeves. It's certainly not for everyone, but those who can pull this off will enjoy the gown's fierce personality and impeccably tailored silhouette.
12. Here's an updated look for a grand, festive wedding. Instead of the usual hyper-beaded sweetheart ball gown, why not opt for an epic, icy gown made of frosted organza? The voluminous sleeves are irrisistible, and the ribbon on the back is just so fun. The mock neck, too, is unusual, but it ties the whole look together.
13. In case you didn't know, you can opt to wear sleeves as accessories: They do not have to be attached to your gown, and you can have them made as separates. The meringue sleeves elevate this form-fitting strapless mermaid gown, giving it personality and character.
14. We saw a similar bardot dress with equally massive sleeves earlier, but this particular dress tosses appliqués and an illusion neckline into the mix. If you're not satisfied with the simplicity of an off-shoulder cut, consider adding an illusion neckline so that you can add more embellishment to your collarbone area. The result is dreamy and unique.
15. Lace and sheer make a minxy tandem, especially on a creatively-designed dress. The tactical cutouts, panels, and trimmings make this mermaid dress a showstopper. It's sultry, but technically doesn't leave any patch of skin uncovered. The lace cuffs are also a lovely touch, and complete the lace-sheer motif of the gown.
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