It's been a very long time since bridal designers have focused so intently on something as utilitarian as the sleeve, but the stars aligned in the style universe and suddenly sleeves became one of the most important new details to look for in a wedding dress.
Typically wedding gowns have a basic banded or cap sleeve, and some soft fabrics might extend to the wrist, but this season sleeves are every, and any, length and shape possible.
Who has the best?
Carolina Herrera made a duchess satin sleeve incredibly chic in a bracelet-length (three-quarter) with a topstitched design that echoes the bodice. Her pristine white ball gown looks ever more regal with this trim, sophisticated sleeve.
Georgina Chapman of Marchesa cut her flyaway sleeve from a delicate scalloped Chantilly lace that drapes gently over the shoulder and down the top of the arm while it morphs into a tiny capelet in back. Pure romance.
Romona Keveza goes directly to Princess territory with her long, fitted lace sleeve that culminates in an off the shoulder neckline. Kate Middleton would be proud.
Sleeves don't have to look matronly or old-fashioned and designers have proven otherwise this season. Demure for sure, but we bet there is a sleeve that would suit any bride and her taste. Long, short, pouffed, flyaway, three-quarter or balloon, keeping 'em covered will arm you with great style.