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Wedding Gowns: Sleeves Are Back

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  • Elissa ($2,195), by Leanne Marshall, from Flutter
  • Love song ($4,995), by Reem Acra, from Mestads
  • Diana ($5,250), by Claire Pettibone, from Mestads
  • Papillon ($8,625), from Monique Lhuillier
  • Mimosa ($7,958), by Jenny Packham, from l’atelier couture

One trend taking over the runway is (nearly) one of a bygone era. Sleeves (long, short, sheer, or opaque) have made a full comeback. From Monique Lhuillier to Claire Pettibone, these locally available designers are bypassing strapless to embrace a little arm coverage . . . for now.

1. DELICATE For a late spring affair, a delicate lace cap sleeve alludes to the trend while being seasonally appropriate. Elissa ($2,195), by Leanne Marshall, from Flutter

2. PLAYFUL An illusion sleeve and neckline provides a palette for embellishment on a barely-there silhouette. Love song ($4,995), by Reem Acra, from Mestads

3. ETHEREAL Reminiscent of the Duchess of Windsor’s gown, but with a few modern flourishes. Diana ($5,250), by Claire Pettibone, from Mestads

4. GLAMOROUS Full length and full coverage need not be boring. Look to jaw-dropping beadwork for added glamour. Papillon ($8,625), from Monique Lhuillier

4. ROMANTIC Gathered Chantilly lace along the sleeve creates an uber-romantic look laden with sophistication. Mimosa ($7,958), by Jenny Packham, from l’atelier couture

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