Whether you opt for sleeves or not will depend on the style of your dress, and how happy you are to be exposing your arms. Remember you can use gloves, a wrap and a veil to good effect too, particularly if you must cover up to satisfy the dictates of the ceremony.
Off The Shoulder – More like broad straps or puffed bands, which are attached just at the underarm to give an alluring bare-shouldered silhouette. Best with a fitted bodice, but can add width so beware if are ever broad shouldered.
Cap – A closed – fitting sleeve that caps the shoulder, often found on shift-style 1950s dresses. Softer versions can be gathered onto a band or in several sheer layers of Empire styles. Best for showing off well-toned arms or teamed with opera-length gloves.
Short – Sleeves in a T-shirt style, which will suit most dresses. Good for Camouflaging upper arms.
Tulip – Short sleeve comprising petal-shaped overlap. A more delicate short-sleeve style, usually in a sheer fabric.
Elbow – An elbow-length sleeve that is usually slim fitting, but may have a cuff or band ad the hem. Sometimes shaped or cut away.
Three Quarter – Cut between the elbow and the wrist, this length can be slimming if your arms are not so toned. It should finish at the narrowest point on the arm to give an elongate effect.
Long – Long, slim sleeves are great for lace and sheer fabrics, giving the illusion of an exposed arm while keeping you covered. Scalloped edges in lace, cuffs and bound edges can give an added dimension.
Puff – There are several variations on puffed sleeves, depending on the amount of volume in the sleeve and where it is cut. Juliet sleeves have a small puff at the shoulder and continue as long, slim sleeve. Leg-of-mutton or balloon sleeves puff to the elbow and are slim to the wrist, while the Poet sleeve is full from shoulder to wrist.
Bell – The opposite of the puff is the bell, which is slim to the elbow, flaring gently to the wrist.
Kimono – Kimono sleeves are deep and wide Oriental-style rectangular sleeves, often cut into the body of the dresses.
Cape – Circular sleeves are usually in soft or sheer fabrics, which are gathered onto the shoulder and fall in a cascade to any length.