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Woman in Wedding Dress Holding Door, Sleeves 101

Your Gown: Sleeve Glossary

Be well-armed on your wedding day with the right sleeves for your body type.

Photo: Michelle Holden

Worried about your wedding day because your biceps don't look quite like Jennifer Garner's? Stop stressing and arm yourself with our guide to flattering sleeve styles. You'll be baring 'em with confidence in no time.

T-Shirt Sleeves

As the name indicates, these sleeves look like those on your favorite T-shirt -- a good option for brides who want to cover their upper arms but don't want to go all the way (long sleeves). If you're self-conscious about baring your triceps/biceps, this option may be for you.

Cap Sleeves

Shorter than a T-shirt sleeve, more rounded and therefore a little more baring. Best on women with fairly slender or well-toned upper arms.

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Keep in mind that many dresses are also available with illusion (sheer) sleeves, which will make you feel covered up, though you won't necessarily look it.

Off-the-Shoulder Sleeves

These sleeves cover the upper part of the arms while leaving the tops of the shoulders and decolletage exposed. This style flatters lots of women -- big- and small-busted brides alike. And the sleeves cover enough of the upper arm to make almost anyone comfortable.

3/4-Length Sleeves

Ending midway between the elbow and the wrist, this sleeve style has a classic, ladylike feel. It's an elegant look in bridal -- cool, yet covered!

Spaghetti Straps

Skinny straps with no sleeves attached. This style is reserved for those who are genetically blessed, spend lots of time pumping iron, or just want to look sexy! If you're the least bit arm-shy, consider pairing this look with a wrap.

-- Hollee Actman Becker

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