The best long sleeve wedding dresses for 2021

We have picked out the best long sleeve wedding dresses for modern brides - from high-street bargains to exquisite designer creations

Updated on 04 February 2021 • Written By Caroline Hendry

The best long sleeve wedding dresses for 2021

Take a leaf out of the Royal’s book by wearing a long sleeve wedding dress on your big day. Chic, sexy and so stylish, a long sleeve wedding dress offers an understated and elegant look that other styles of wedding dresses can’t quite achieve. If you still love the Duchess of Cambridge’s classic princess style, then a ballgown wedding dress with long sleeves could be perfect for you. Or channel Meghan Markle with a chic and simple wedding dress with sleeves.

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Long sleeve wedding dresses are of course perfect for a winter wedding but don’t allow saying your vows in a warmer climate to put you off wearing a long sleeve gown. Illusion sleeves, sheer fabrics and lace can all offer lightweight coverage to give the look you’re craving without anything too heavy. Strapless and cap sleeve wedding dresses are probably the most seen wedding dress styles so stepping away from this style and choosing a wedding dress with sleeves will be an elegant statement that your guests won’t be expecting. 

Keep things super simple with a plain fabric, a bateau neckline and a three quarter sleeve. Or for a beachy boho look, flowing lace with a plunging back and delicate lace sleeves. No matter your style, explore our pick of the best long sleeve wedding dresses.

Simple long sleeve wedding dresses

There’s something extra special about a wedding dress that keeps things super simple. With the bridal market awash with heavily embellished and lace detail wedding dresses, take a step away from the crowd with a simple long sleeve wedding dress that lets the cut speak for itself. Explore our pick gorgeous long sleeve bridal gowns that keep it simple.

Sarah Seven - Siena

With lace wedding gowns saturating the market, Sarah Seven’s Siena wedding gown with its beautiful shape and simple textured crepe feels like a breath of fresh air. This gorgeous long sleeve bridal gown is made even more special with pearl detailing throughout. But it’s the fitted bodice that really makes this dress feel like a piece of artwork. Brides looking for an elegant and fuss-free look should explore this sophisticated style.
How much? POA
Buy it: Find your local Sarah Seven stockist

Ghost - Laurel

For a designer style wedding gown without quite such a hefty price tag, take a look at Ghost’s range of stylish wedding dresses that come in between £400-£800. This long sleeve viscose gown is giving us some serious Bridgerton vibes and would be perfect for a winter wedding or a big day that is taking place in a beautiful stately home. A high neckline and puffed sleeves add a relaxed and bohemian feel to this beautiful design.
How much? £495
Buy it: Buy online at Ghost

Justin Alexander - Style 11102

This high-low wedding dress has all the luxe detailing that you would expect from a Justin Alexander gown but with a fresh and contemporary edge that makes it a perfect wedding dress for a city wedding. A bateau neckline and three-quarter length sleeves give this dress an elegant feel. While the flowing high-low skirt means you can keep your look light and fun without losing any of the drama you get with a flowing train. A low back and covered buttons are the perfect final details to make this dress feel extra special.
How much? POA
Buy it: Find your local Justin Alexander stockist

Pronovias - Jackie

Winter brides take note - because this long sleeve crepe wedding dress from Spanish bridal design house Pronovias is everything you need for your winter wedding look. Thick, beautifully cut crepe gives this dress a simple and elegant structure, while the crystal detailing at the shoulders offer the icy touches you need to complete your winter style. Team with simple jewellery that won’t distract from the dress and wear your hair swept up if you really want to show off the shoulder detailing.
How much? POA
Buy it: Find your local Justin Alexander stockist

Romantic long sleeve wedding dresses

Are you dreaming of a dress that is so romantic it feels like it could have stepped straight out of a Hemingway novel? Then start exploring our pick of romantic and whimsical wedding dresses all featuring sleeves. From blushed-hued beauties to our best boho picks.

Needle & Thread - Patchwork Sequin Gown

If you love the idea of a heavily embellished wedding dress that is filled with sequins and sparkle then you need to explore the bridal collection from Needle and Thread. We adore this pink hued wedding dress that is dripping in rose gold sparkle. You have the choice of an ivory or blush base colour for the gown and you can also choose from full length, ballerina length (that’s a little below the knee for us non-ballerinas) or mini if you want a fun, short wedding dress.
How much? £400
Buy it: Available online from Needle and Thread

Anna Campbell - Sydney 

We have found the wedding dress that will have you sparkling from head to toe! The Sydney gown from Australian bridal designer Anna Campbell is a delicate and beautiful style that is refreshingly different. Choose to purchase the sheer sparkling overlay to layer with a simple gown or purchase the nude underlay to wear with the dress for the full look. Each dress is handmade in Melbourne, Australia so plan to order this one 7-8 months before the big day to be sure you have plenty of time.
How much? From $3,699 AUD
Buy it: Order online from Anna Campbell 

ASOS - Kimono sleeve wedding dress

Boho brides will adore the relaxed style of this kimono sleeve wedding dress from ASOS. Part of the brand’s more exclusive Edition collection, this lace detail wedding gown comes complete with a plunging neckline, sheer kimono sleeves and a zip-fastening skirt. Coming in at under £300, that should give you enough room in your budget to have it tailored to fit you perfectly.
How much? £295
Buy it: Available from ASOS

All Who Wander - Jett

This gorgeous gown by All Who Wander perfectly encapsulates the essence of this bohemian bridal brand - part of the Essense of Australia design house. We adore this fresh take on lace, with dotted detailing making up the design of the embroidery. Bell sleeves are given an even more romantic feel with scalloped edging and then a tiered lace skirt is the perfect final flourish to this flowing wedding gown.
How much? POA
Buy it: Find a local stockist of All Who Wander

Lace long sleeve wedding dresses

Has there ever been a prettier pairing than lace and long sleeves? Explore our pick of the best lace long sleeve bridal gowns. It’s incredible just how much a sheer lace sleeve can completely transform the look and style of a wedding dress.

Grace Loves Lace - Orla

 

Grace Loves Lace’s whimsical boho style is apparent in every single gown they design and the Orla dress is no exception. A long sleeve wedding dress doesn’t mean you can’t show some skin, this gorgeous gown has a daring low back and leads to a beautifully fitted fishtail skirt. The three-dimensional lace gives this dress a unique finish that is truly breathtaking.
How much? From £2,060
Buy it: Available from Grace Loves Lace

Whistles - Ariane 

Co-ord wedding dresses don’t look to be going anywhere soon and it’s no surprise as they allow you to get creative with your bridal look and even mix and match from evening to night. The Ariane lace wedding co-ord from Whistles is filled with luxury detailing, we love the eyelash lace edging throughout and the high-low skirt makes it the perfect design to show off some designer wedding shoes (and a great pedicure!). Swap the top for something with silk or sparkle if you want to change your bridal look from day to night.
How much? £599
Buy it: Available at Whistles

 

A-line long sleeve wedding dresses

As the Duchess of Cambridge proved - a ballgown or A-line wedding dress with sleeves is perfectly princess-worthy. We have picked out the prettiest A-line wedding dresses with long or three-quarter length sleeves that will have you feeling like Royalty.

 

Pronovias - Naomi

Do you love the idea of a fairytale wedding gown but you don’t want the weight that comes with that style of dress? This is where tulle will be your best friend, giving the layering and volume you love while still feeling super light and allowing you to glide down the aisle. The Naomi gown from Pronovias has embroidered detail throughout and is tied together neatly with a simple belt. If you want to feel like a princess for a day then we think this is the dress you need.
How much? POA
Buy it: Find a local stockist for Pronovias 

Watters - Frederique

Leone lace is used to create this elegant ballgown wedding dress from Watters - available at BHLDN. The high neckline and three quarter length sleeve gives this wedding dress an elegant edge. The netted ballgown skirt creates an impressive silhouette and gives a fairytale finish to this modern classic.
How much? From $2,000 USD
Buy it: Available from BHLDN

Affordable long sleeve wedding dresses

You will find plenty of affordable wedding dresses with long sleeves on the highstreet. To help get you started with your search, we have picked out some of the best affordable long sleeve wedding dresses from well known highstreet and online retailers.

Monsoon - Nicky

We could not be more in love with this beaded lace wedding dress from Monsoon. The puff lace sleeves give a subtle nod to 1920’s bridal style, while the floral lace embroidery adds a touch of whimsy to this pretty wedding dress. Team this dress with a simple long flowing veil if you want to add to the relaxed boho vibe this gown gives.
How much? £359
Buy it: Available at Monsoon

Ted Baker - Lace midi dress

This lace floral ivory gown from Ted Baker would be a perfect style for a city wedding or a more casual celebration. Sheer sleeves and an elongated sheer hemline keep this lace gown feeling beautifully bridal, simply team it with a short veil or detailed bridal headband to complete your fuss-free wedding look.
How much? £269
Buy it: Available at Ted Baker

ASOS - Iris

It’s hard to believe that this gorgeous wedding gown is just £120. Part of the ASOS Edition range, the Iris dress has sheer long sleeves and a flowing pleated skirt that gives the dress a light and flowing feel. Despite it’s long sleeves, we think this would be a gorgeous design for a spring or summer wedding day.
How much? £120
Buy it: Available from ASOS

If you are still searching for your dream wedding dress then explore our pick of the prettiest pink wedding dresses. Or start your venue hunt by browsing our extensive wedding venue directory.