Trend Alert: These Puff Sleeve Wedding Dresses Are So Chic

These aren't your mom's '80s puff sleeve bridal gowns.
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Simone Paget - The Knot Contributor.
by Simone Paget
Simone Paget - The Knot Contributor.
Simone Paget
The Knot Contributor
  • Simone writes shoppable e-commerce articles for The Knot Worldwide, where she covers everything from bridal fashion to where to find the perfect Star-Wars-themed wedding gift.
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Updated Nov 02, 2021
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In fashion, everything old is eventually new again and, when it comes to wedding dress trends, puff sleeve wedding dresses are having a major moment. Once thought of as a relic of the '80s, bridal gowns with puffy sleeves are back and more chic than ever. Think: dreamy boho wedding gowns with billowing balloon sleeves, sexy off-the-shoulder silhouettes and modern, minimalist reimaginings of Princess Diana's iconic silk and taffeta ballgown. It's a bridal look that's perfect for trendy brides who want to make a romantic statement on their big day.

Whether you're shopping for a princess wedding dress or a laid-back boho-inspired gown, we've put together some of our favorite puff sleeve wedding dresses for every body type and bridal style.

Willowby by Watters Lilia Gown

bhldn watters white puff sleeve wedding dress with off the shoulder floral lace puffy sleeves allover floral lace and flowy skirt

Romantic and versatile, this A-line wedding gown has puff sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder for two very different looks. Delicate allover florals, intricate embroidery and a sheer back add alluring dimension to this dreamy dress.

Temperley London Aurelie Dress

temperley london plain white silk puff sleeve wedding dress with high halter neckline long sleeves and flowy skirt

This elegant wedding gown offers restrained Victorian glamour with an elongated silhouette, modern high neckline and puff sleeves. Made of Italian silk lurex, the long-sleeve dress has a slim cuff with covered buttons and a puddle train with subtle allover shimmer.

Houghton by Katharine Polk Gwen Gown

katharine polk plain white silk puff sleeve wedding dress with beaded neckline puffy short sleeves exposed zipper rippled fabric and flowy skirt

Equal parts fashion-forward and romantic, this puff sleeve wedding dress is made of beautiful moire silk fabric, lending it a rippled appearance. A cutout back with an exposed zipper and crystal-embellished trim finishes this chic bridal gown.

Melissa Sweet Puff Sleeve Plus Size Wedding Dress

david's bridal off white puff sleeve plus size wedding dress with sweetheart neckline puffy lace short sleeves scalloped neckline allover lace tassel tied scooped back and form fitting pleated flowy skirt

Unique boho-inspired details—like statement balloon sleeves and a tassel-tied scoop back—make this puff sleeve wedding dress a lovely choice for your wedding day. Available in standard and plus size, this wedding gown also features an embroidered floral overlay, mermaid silhouette and stunning chapel-length train.

Willowby by Watters Simone Dress

watters white and nude puff sleeve wedding dress with lace puffy short sleeves square neckline allover leafy lace and pleated flowy tulle skirt

Puff sleeves and a square neckline make this lace wedding dress utterly romantic. An elongated empire waist and scoop back are paired with a tulle A-line skirt with a slight train for a dreamy look straight out of Bridgerton.

ASOS EDITION Bridget Dress

asos plain white puff sleeve wedding midi dress with high scoop neckline short puffy sleeves cutout back and pleated flowy tea length skirt

This puff sleeve dress is perfect for modern brides on the hunt for a semi-casual elopement dress or a frock to wear to their shower or engagement party. An alluring cutout back is paired with a tea-length full skirt for a chic and playful ensemble.

Martina Liana Luxe Off the Shoulder Puff Sleeve Dress

essense designs white silk puff sleeve wedding dress with allover lace off the shoulder lace puffy mid length sleeves sweetheart neckline and flowy pleated tulle skirt with train

Heads will turn for this stunning off-the-shoulder puff sleeve dress, which features a sheer bodice, strapless sweetheart neckline, defined bust cups and detachable balloon sleeves. Silk organza flowers, beading and a tulle A-line skirt (complete with a flowing train!) create a whimsical look fit for royalty.

Reformation Stars Dress

reformation plain white puff sleeve wedding dress with square neckline long puffy tiered sleeves and flowy skirt

We can see this simple and modern dress as the star of the show at a destination beach wedding. Fitted through the bodice with a relaxed full skirt, this gorgeous maxi has tiered puff sleeves for just a touch of (casual) drama.

Lela Rose Melrose Dress

lela rose white puff sleeve princess wedding dress with detachable off the shoulder puffy lace sleeves allover lace and ball gown skirt

Channel your royal wedding dreams with this stunning princess wedding dress. Made of embossed Vine Fil Coupe, it features detachable off-the-shoulder puff sleeves, a fitted peaked bodice and full A-line ballgown skirt for a dreamy, timeless silhouette.

Danielle Frankel Rosalie Dress

danielle frankel white silk puff sleeve wedding dress with ruched puffy short sleeves square neckline ruched bodice empire waist and pleated flowy skirt

Fairytale enchantment meets high-fashion style in this stunning Danielle Frankel bridal gown. Made of tucked silk organza with a corded lace underlay, it has short puff sleeves, an empire waist and a flowy A-line skirt for a striking silhouette that is sure to wow your guests.

DB Studio Off-the-Shoulder Floral Puff Sleeve Jumpsuit

david's bridal white white puff sleeve wedding jumpsuit with off the shoulder lace mesh sleeves plain bodice and plain wide leg pants with pockets

When it comes to wedding dress trends, the bridal jumpsuit is hot right now. This fitted silhouette features a sexy off-the-shoulder neckline and puffy sleeves adorned with 3D floral appliqué that adds texture and intrigue to this stylish bridal assemble.

Allure Bridals Micah Gown

allure bridals white puff sleeve wedding dress with off the shoulder puffy lace sleeves with bows spaghetti straps deep v allover lace and form fitting flowy pleated skirt

This stunning fit-and-flare wedding dress combines the allure of a slim silhouette and deep V-neck with the bohemian romance of feminine bow details and off-the-shoulder puff sleeves. The final touch of sequined appliqué adds just a bit of glamour.

Watters Spruce Gown

watters white and nude puff sleeve wedding dress with long puffy lace mesh sleeves scalloped lace cuffs high neckline allover lace cutout back and flowy skirt

This unforgettable lace wedding dress provides brides with just a hint of a puff sleeve for an understated yet trendy look. A high neckline, cutout back and delicately scalloped lace cuffs create the perfect mix of drama and sweet romance.

Temperley London Clemmie Dress

temperley london plain off white puff sleeve wedding dress with short puffy sleeves v-neckline pleated chest and tied waist and flowy skirt

This 1940s-inspired wedding gown combines structural puff sleeves with an elegant wrap bodice that twists into a draped waterfall overskirt and train with a slim column skirt inside. Made of sumptuous Italian crepe-backed satin, it'd be timeless a look for your black tie city nuptials.

Markarian Luna White Swiss Dot Gown

markarian white puff sleeve wedding dress with mesh puffy long sleeves high neckline allover swiss dots and flowy skirt

Say yes to forever in this simple and stunning puff sleeve wedding dress that features gorgeous Swiss dot tulle atop a structured strapless silhouette. Subtle puff sleeves add a touch of romance and whimsy.

Watters Mist Gown

watters white puff sleeve wedding dress with tulle corset bodice off the shoulder tulle puffy sleeves and tulle pleated ball gown skirt

Crinkle pleated soft netting makes this A-line bridal dress downright ethereal. A corset bodice complements a dreamy full skirt, while detachable puff sleeves ensure you'll practically float down the aisle.

Alexandra Grecco Aurelia Top + Aurelia Skirt

alexandra grecco white puff sleeve two piece wedding dress with v-neckline off the shoulder puffy sleeves crop top and burnout lace printed flowy pleated skirt with slit

This cloud-like crop top and skirt combo is perfect for modern brides who prefer two-piece separates in lieu of a traditional bridal gown. The top has an off-the-shoulder bodice with statement puff sleeves, while the A-line skirt provides effortless volume and movement with a dramatic slit.

Naeem Khan Montelena Dress

naeem khan plain white puff sleeve mermaid wedding dress with deep v off the shoulder puffy sleeves with bows and form fitting pleated flowy skirt

A show-stopper if there ever was one, this Naeem Khan mermaid wedding dress is perfect for to-be-weds looking to make a stunning statement on their wedding day. A fitted off-the-shoulder V-neck bodice is accented with puffy sleeves adorned in oversized bows.

Christian Siriano Puff Sleeve Tea Length Dress

christian siriano white puff sleeve wedding midi dress with lace mesh puffy sleeves and high neckline allover lace and tea length pleated ball gown skirt

We can easily see this chic midi-length wedding dress at a stylish courthouse wedding. The lace tea-length design has delicate puff sleeves and a fitted bodice, along with a form-fitting pencil skirt that's paired with a lace overlay for a touch of drama.

Yolancris Adrienne Dress

yolancris plain white puff sleeve wedding dress with puffy short jewel trimmed sleeves high scoop jewel trimmed neckline and tiered flowy skirt

This chic and modern puff sleeve wedding dress features an exaggerated silhouette and delicate embroidery on both the neckline and sleeve cuffs. A cinched waist and full skirt complete this fashion-forward look.

Love by Pnina Tornai High Neck Short Puff Sleeve All Over Lace A-Line Wedding Dress

kleinfeld bridal white puff sleeve wedding dress with high scoop neckline lace mesh puffy short sleeves lace mesh bodice allover lace and ball gown skirt

This ultra-chic gown pairs a classic A-line silhouette with short puff sleeves and subtly sparkling glitter guipure. This beautiful wedding dress features a sheer bodice, high neckline and open keyhole back for a modern and charming look.

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