Whether you’re planning a wedding in the cooler months, getting married in a church where conservative silhouettes are ideal, or have ‘maids in your #bridesquad that feel their best with a little coverage up top, a bridesmaid dress with sleeves is the perfect silhouette.
No matter the shapes or sizes of your bridesmaids, dresses with sleeves feel timeless and sophisticated whether you’re planning for a trendy, mixed bridesmaid palette, an all-white wedding party, or want to choose a seasonal hue like plum, yellow, or lavender. All sleeves don’t have to be the same for your bridesmaids—you can opt for a lineup of all long sleeves or plan for a mix of sleeves shapes like a flutter, short, cap, or puff sleeve. Whatever sleeve shape you choose, the effect is utterly elegant—if you needed more convincing, Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, and Meghan Markle prove time and again the stunning effect of sleeves.
From classic silhouettes to modern styles, the latest bridesmaid dresses with sleeves feel entirely fresh. For a bright and cheerful lineup, punchy shades of yellow or the 2019 Pantone Color Of The Year, “Living Coral” makes for a lively look for spring and summer weddings while rich jewel tones like wine, navy, aubergine, and Forrest green are deeply elegant. For a neutral bridesmaid palette, light shades of brown, taupe, and nude are gorgeous while classic black is fail-sale. For a modern bridesmaid look, floral prints are refreshingly feminine while dresses with sequins or beading are great for fancier fetes. Pastel colors are an ever-popular choice for bridesmaids from mint to periwinkle and pale pink—but don’t assume these are reserved for the spring, icy colors are spectacular in a winter setting.
If you think a bridesmaid dress with sleeves is perfect for one, two or a few of your bridesmaids, ahead, scroll through our edit of 47 dresses for every style and budget, with options under $100!