If you’re excited by the prospect of finding new summer dresses with sleeves, then you’re not alone. Do you dread the thought of having to flash skin? Hate showing your arms? Opt for long sleeved dresses; a total saviour if you want to look great whilst embracing the trend for layering.
The high street has picked up on one of our biggest style worries and produced a wealth of beautiful, age-appropriate and flattering long sleeved dresses. The best bit? These dresses are perfect for all shapes and sizes – and it’s not about covering your shape in swathes of material. The high street has designed some great long sleeved designs for every figure, so we can all finally have our pick of this season’s pretty dresses and fill our wardrobes to bursting point.
Sold on this flattering style? Maybe it’s the Kate Middleton effect – the Duchess has often chosen long-sleeved dresses for public occasions. Or maybe designers have simply realised that dresses with sleeves – whether they’re evening dresses or special day dresses – make many of us feel so much more confident about our shape.
Whatever your body shape or budget, there’s a long sleeved dress for you that will flatter and impress. From printed shift dresses with sleeves to on-trend ’70s style options, there is a figure-fixing number for everyone in our round-up of the best high street and designer pieces available now…
Bardot at Next, R1 319
This stand-out style is a fashion favourite this season, and we can see why – flattering, but without being frumpy, it’s the ultimate comfortable occasion dress for summer.
If you haven’t hopped on the bardot neckline bandwagon yet, then now’s the time to get involved. This flattering poplin bow style shows off your décolletage to perfection, while skimming over any lumps and bumps to leave you with a slim silhouette. A real multi-tasker!
Cap sleeves may not give as much coverage as full of three-quarter length, but they hide the tops of the arms and give that much-needed confidence boost. This versatile sheath dress will work for almost any occasion, but we’ll be adding comfy espadrilles and an oversized hat for a cool weekend look.
Selfi at Selfi.co.za, R920
Shake up your shirt dress by trying a mix of colour and prints, like this easy-to-wear design that’ll see you through many a season. Wear now with loafers and a floppy hat, and then add a denim jacket as the days start to get cooler.
Forever New, R1 299
Going full length will not only ensure you’re on-trend, it’ll also give you a confidence boost. This stunning Forever New dress is versatile enough to wear through all the seasons, but we’ll be adding a mid-heel sandal for extra height and a slim frame.
Lipsy London at Next, R789
Prefer a little more coverage? You can make a long sleeved dress perfect for summer simply by option for a floral print with soft hues. Sleeve detailing is a big trend – and one that anyone can pull off – which is why we’ve fallen for this breezy bell-sleeved shift.
H&M, R1 199
Go boho with this knee-length embroidered dress from H&M. Team this with a pair of gold gladiators on your next holiday!
Is there a more versatile buy for summer than a denim dress? We think not! Slip on some espadrilles for a dressed-down weekend walk and amp it up for an afternoon by adding some heeled ankle boots and sleeveless jacket.
Glamourous at Superbalist, R699
This bright lace dress is a classic from Glamorous at Superbalist, and we love the summery crimson hue. Add embellished or nude accessories to style it for the evening.
Pissaro Nights at Nordstrom, R2 433.72
Embrace embellishment and catch everyone’s eye at your next special occasion in this dress from Nordstrom. Team with a creamy satin accessories and a peachy-pink lip.
David Tlale, R6 800
Bat-winged frocks are ideal for covering your upper arms but still show off enough skin that you don’t feel too covered up. Wear this dusty pink dress for your next special occasion, and its loose fit is perfect for drawing the attention away from your mid-section.
Kisua, R1 600
Gypsy sleeves allow you to move your arms without any restrictions and the ruffled designs are a fashion favourite right now and will balance out a pear shape perfectly.
Summer dresses don’t always need to be a particular colour palette – ditch the pastels and check out this darker hued dress for a more grown up vibe.
John Lewis at Polyvore, R1 225
John Lewis’ fabulous collections of occasion dresses suit almost everyone, but we’re particularly enamoured with this monochrome style thanks to its easy-to-wear shape and comfortable stretch fabric.