If you’re excited by the prospect of finding new spring 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 while embracing the layering trend.
Fashion designers have picked up on our biggest style worries and produced a wealth of beautiful, age-appropriate and flattering spring dresses with sleeves. The best bit? These dresses are perfect for all shapes and sizes – and it’s not about covering your shape in swathes of material. We’ve found some great 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 global 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 sleeved dress for you that will flatter and impress. From printed shift dresses with sleeves to on-trend ’70s style options, there’s a figure-fixing number for everyone in our round-up of the best new pieces available now…
The feminine shirt dress
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.
The flattering Bardot dress
If you haven’t hopped on the bardot neckline bandwagon yet, then now’s the time to get involved. This flattering 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!
The daytime denim dress
Is there a more versatile buy for the season 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.
The classic shift dress
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 shift dress will work for almost any occasion, but we’ll be adding comfy espadrilles and an oversized hat for a cool weekend look.
Here are a few more shift dresses you might like:
The bold print dress
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.
The full-length maxi dress
Going full length will not only ensure you’re on-trend, it’ll also give you a confidence boost. This stunning Poetry 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.
The stylish cold shoulder dress
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. Floral detailing with cut-away shoulders is a big trend – and one that anyone can pull off – which is why we’ve fallen for this breezy shift dress.