30 Long-Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses

These styles are seriously chic

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Whether you’re a fan of sheath dresses, figure-flattering wraps, or swingy midis, certain silhouettes always feel fail-safe for a wedding guest dress. Sleeves are a trickier part of the equation, however. Do you need them? Will you look inappropriate without them? What style is most suitable for the venue or wedding theme at hand? So. Many. Factors.

When attending a wedding, you obviously want to look your best—it’s an occasion when you can put your most fashionable looks on display. At the same time, you want to look appropriate—especially if you’re attending a conservative ceremony or traditional wedding in a church. A dress with long sleeves is an elegant way to feel polished and appropriate as a wedding guest in the cooler season, and a number of gorgeous styles are sure to feel utterly elegant.

Myriad long-sleeve dresses are available that are beautiful and versatile for a wedding guest dress, from dramatic and trendy puff sleeves to breezier shapes that billow just so at the cuff. These unique details are a great way to stand out as a wedding guest and take a dress from stylish to statement-making in an instant. The thing to remember is that, when it comes to long sleeves, there are no set rules. Yes, it’s common practice to cover your shoulders for more conservative venues, but that hardly means style is not a factor. It’s about choosing a sleeve that you feel most comfortable in.

One of our favorite aspects of a dress with long sleeves is that it's an elegant reprieve from strapless, off-the-shoulder, and spaghetti strap silhouettes you likely wore on repeat throughout the summer. When there’s a chill in the air—which is likely the case for October and November weddings—a dress with more coverage will help keep you warm with variations available from classic to fashion-forward.

A velvet wrap dress or satin sheath will appeal to those with classic taste, while a silk jacquard dress will feel fresh for someone with a feminine aesthetic. If you’re craving something bold and directional, look to vibrant shades of yellow or, go for a minimal, asymmetric silhouette for a subtler take on statement-making style. If you’re all about a little black dress, a mini version with a frilly high neck is a romantic way to take the noir into modern territory.

If you think a long-sleeve wedding guest dress sounds flawless for a fall or winter wedding, ahead we’ve scouted 30 gorgeous versions that are guaranteed to wow for every budget and style.

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Smocked Cotton Dress


SHOP NOW: H&M, $59.99

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RACHEL Rachel Roy Plus Size Cold-Shoulder Crisscross Halter Dress


SHOP NOW: Macy's, $149

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Off The Shoulder Wrap Midi Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of Boohoo

SHOP NOW: Boohoo, $26 from $52

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Floral Pleated Midi Dress


SHOP NOW: Oasis, $102

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Tied Dress


SHOP NOW: Zara, $169

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Long Tiered Dress


SHOP NOW: H&M, $69.99

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Bahama Mini Dress

free people

SHOP NOW: Free People, $260

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Green Daisy Tie Wrap Midi Dress


SHOP NOW: Topshop, $75

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Lauren Ralph Lauren Velvet Surplice Dress


SHOP NOW: Macy's, $145

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Light Green High Lace Neck Mini Smock Dress

river island

SHOP NOW: River Island, $76

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Satin Button Front Midi Dress


SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $64 from $126

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Puff Sleeve Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $49.99 from $129.95

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Garden Dress China Blue Toile


SHOP NOW: Staud, $275

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Sequined Midi Dress


SHOP NOW: Mango, $199

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Black Frill High Neck Long Sleeve Mini Dress

river island

SHOP NOW: River Island, $76

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Pleated Colourblock Midi Dress


SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $120

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Velvet Double Slit Maxi Dress


SHOP NOW: Bebe, $125.99 from $179

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RACHEL Rachel Roy Silvia Floral-Print Dress


SHOP NOW: Macy's, $149

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Babaton Futura Dress


SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $278

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DKNY Two Tone Cutout Sheath Dress


SHOP NOW: Macy's, $119

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Retro Romance Midi Dress

free people

SHOP NOW: Free People, $148

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Lima Mini Dress


SHOP NOW: Free People, $1228

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Farrow Nicole Wrap Dress

need supply

SHOP NOW: Need Supply, $118

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Needle & Thread Rosalie Gown


SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $699

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Flare Sleeve Scuba Dress

red dress

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $99.95

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Rotate Birger Christensen Kim AOP Floral Satin Minidress


SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $310

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City Blooms Jacquard Dress


SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $798

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Naples Dress


SHOP NOW: A.L.C., $695

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Oséree Satin Maxi Dress


SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $526

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Coral Fleur Poplin Dress


SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $495

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