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Best in Show: Showstopping Sleeves

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Soft flutters, posh poufs, slimming overlays: Arm coverage is more than a modesty call for a church wedding or a way to hide arms. It's an opportunity to make a forget-me-not statement. Take a look at a few of our favorite gowns with sleeves we spotted on the runway and featured in the fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine.

1. Elbow-length lace keeps jiggly zones toned-looking, while the scalloped neckline and chapel train of this Jim Hjelm by Francesca Pitera dress is pure royalty.

2. Broaden slight shoulders with Douglas Hannant's jacquard-organza puffs. Sweep hair up and away for maximum impact.

3. Luxe, ladylike, and far from fussy, the gauzy shoulder-to-wrist French lace and full satin skirt of Elie Saab for Pronovias's "Monet" are haute fashion at its finest (212-897-6393).

4. "Yves," by Delphine Manivet, may be winter-weight tweed, but flashes of skin at the wrists and ankles showcase delicate spots, keeping it light and playful.

5. Rippling silk crepe and a flowing pleated skirt on this Belle and Bunty "The Willow" gown skim muscular frames in an ever-so-elegant way.

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