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Whether you’re planning a wedding in the cooler months, getting married in a church where conservative silhouettes are ideal, or have bridesmaids in your squad 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 girlfriends, bridesmaid 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 more colorful hue like plum, gold, 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 sleeve shapes like a flutter, short, cap, or puff sleeve. Whatever sleeve shape you choose, the effect is utterly elegant.
From classic silhouettes to modern styles, we've rounded up the latest and the best long sleeve bridesmaid dresses.
For a Classic Wedding: BHLDN Shelley Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress
If you're having a summer or destination wedding, your bridal party will appreciate the ease of this effortless midi dress. Short puff sleeves are ideal for warm-weather and are the perfect alternative to a spaghetti strap style.
For a Spring Wedding: BHLDN Plymouth Beaded Dress
Wanting to inject a little 3D floral embellishments and sparkle into your bridal party? Then look no further than this sophisticated yet playful wrap dress. Short and flouncy sleeves provide the perfect amount of coverage for a springtime wedding.
For a Fashion-Forward Wedding: Fame and Partners Puff Sleeve Gown
Calling all brides who are looking to make a statement. These attached puff sleeves are such a unique idea, we guarantee none of your friends have thought of it. Plus, this dress is also completely customizable– from the fabric color to the neckline to the length.
Most Dreamy: Jenny Yoo Aeryn Dress
Wispy and ethereal, this flutter sleeve dress is a dream. We suggest having your bridesmaids sweep their hair up and away from their shoulders to really showcase the stunning neckline.
Most Sexy: DB Studio Jersey Flutter Sleeve Dress with Ruched Waistline
Not only do you want your bridesmaids to feel good about the dress they're wearing, you also want them to feel comfortable in it too. While we are loving the elegance of the flutter sleeves on this dress by DB Studio, we are loving the jersey ruched waistline even more.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: White By Vera Wang Long Sleeve Cold Shoulder Chiffon Dress
Sleeves or no sleeves? If you're on the fence about it, consider a cold-shoulder style for the best of both worlds. We love this look for an elegant black-tie wedding.
Most Customizable: Fame and Partners Drape Sleeve Ruffle Gown
It's your big day, but your bridal party also deserves to have their individuality celebrated. While you might have decided on what type of sleeve they'll wear, why not leave options like the hem length and fabric type up to them with a dress that's customizable like this one from Fame and Partners.
Most Sultry: Lulu's Awaken My Love Navy Blue Long Sleeve Lace Maxi Dress
We don't need to tell you that photographers will be taking photos from all angles so it's important to remember that the back of a bridesmaid dress should be just as beautiful as it's front. We also maintain that you can't go wrong with an elegant open-back dress, especially if it comes complete with gorgeous lace sleeves.
Searching for bridesmaid dresses with sleeves? We've answered three commonly asked questions when shopping for them.
- How much should a bridesmaid dress cost? The price of bridesmaid dresses average around $80-$150. Fixes like alterations and tailoring are a separate cost.
- Who pays for the bridesmaid dress? If the bride wants to and can afford to buy the bridesmaid dresses it's seen as a nice gesture, but commonly the bridesmaids are in charge of paying for it.
- How far in advance should bridesmaid dresses be ordered? Bridesmaid dresses should be ordered at least six months before the wedding to ensure they arrive on time—and to make sure you're able to get any alterations done.