The Modern Evolution of the Long-Sleeved Wedding Dress
This Sunday, April 29, exactly one year will have passed since Kate Middleton wed Prince William and officially became the Duchess of Cambridge. And while she's worn tons of amazing outfits since the Royal Wedding (Reiss! Jenny Packham! Erdem!), all of which you can check out in our comprehensive slideshow, it's Kate's stunning long-sleeved Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown that will go down in history as her most memorable look.
But while some might peg the long-sleeved wedding dress trend to our favorite Duchess, the regal brunette wasn't actually the first high-profile, modern bride to pick a gown with a little extra coverage.
In fact, we first took notice of this more conservative look back in 2009, when Ivanka Trump selected a dress featuring demure half-sleeves. From there, the craze snowballed, building steam throughout the whole of 2011.
Click through the slideshow to see some of our favorite recent celeb wedding dresses that include sleeves—and to shop for one of your own. For good measure, we've even included a bridal jacket that allows you to transform any strapless or sleeveless number into a Duchess Kate-worthy wedding outfit.
October 2006: Donald's businesswoman/socialite/designer daughter was perhaps the first celeb to try a wedding dress with sleeves. She wore this custom-made Vera Wang to tie the knot with Jared Kushner.
April 2011: In what will perhaps go down in history as the wedding of the decade, Kate Middleton became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in this Alexander McQueen creation specially made by designer Sarah Burton. Millions swooned, while millions more flocked to stores to buy long-sleeved wedding gowns of their own.
June 2011: British rock star Lily Allen chose this long-sleeved gown by French designer Delphine Manivet for her big day, and looked absolutely lovely. But no, we're not quite sure why those figurines are dangling from her bridal bouquet.
August 2011: Philanthropist and designer Lauren Bush wed David Lauren in a rustically luxe Western-style ceremony wearing a custom gown by her famous father-in-law Ralph. The long-sleeved dress took a creative team of 100 a whopping 3,000 hours to finish—but from the looks of it, all that effort was more than worthwhile.
October 2011: This New Jersey native—and heiress to a trucking empire—became Mrs. Paul McCartney wearing a long-sleeved yet fairly casual design created by (who else?) her groom's daughter, Stella. Click through to shop the story.
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