34 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 and in the cooler season, and a number of gorgeous styles are on offer that are sure to feel utterly elegant.

This season, there are myriad long-sleeve dresses available that are gorgeous and versatile for a wedding guest dress from dramatic and trendy puff sleeves to sculptural shoulders and breezier shapes that billow just so at the cuff. These unique sleeves details are a great way to stand out as a wedding guest and are capable of taking a dress from stylish to statement-making in an instant. The thing to remember is that when it comes to long sleeves is 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 is 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 with Victorian-style shoulders with feel fresh for someone with a feminine aesthetic. If you’re craving something bold and directional, look to vibrant shades of yellow for a notice-me-moment, 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 square neckline with sheer sleeves adorned with floral appliqués 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 34 gorgeous versions that are guaranteed to wow, for every budget and style.

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Forever 21 Semi-Sheer Tulip Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $24.90

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Smocked Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $34.99

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Boohoo Tall Off The Shoulder Wrap Midi Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of Boohoo

SHOP NOW: Boohoo, $40

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LC Lauren Conrad Floral Smocked Midi Dress

Courtesy of LC Lauren Conrad

SHOP NOW: Khol's, $44.99 (was $64)

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POPSUGAR Flounce-Hem Mini Dress

Courtesy of POPSUGAR

SHOP NOW: Khol's, was $64, now $47.99

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Mockneck Asymmetrical-Hem Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of Simply Vera Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: Khol's, was $68, now $50.99

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Zara Floral Print Dress With Ruching

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $69.90

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Oasis Frieda Floral Midi Dress

Courtesy of Oasis

SHOP NOW: Oasis, was $102, now $76.50

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John Zack Tall Plunge Front Skater Dress in Blue Leopard

Courtesy of John Zack


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ASOS DESIGN V Front Maxi Dress With Long Sleeves And Ruffles In Animal Self Jacquard

Courtesy of ASOS


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Topshop Snake Jacquard Knot Midi Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $95

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River Island Blue Long Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Dress

Courtesy of River Island

SHOP NOW: River Island, $100

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ASOS DESIGN Square Neck 3d Floral Lace Midi Prom Dress

Courtesy of ASOS


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Warehouse Satin Twist Knot Midi Dress

Courtesy of Warehouse

SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $105

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Eloquii Puff Sleeve Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $110.90

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Maggy London Polka Dot Ruffle Sleeve Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of Maggy London

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $128

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Mango Floral Print Dress

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $129.99

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Chelsea28 Pleat Detail Midi Dress

Courtesy of Chelsea28

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $149

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WAYF Cooper Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress

Courtesy of WAYF

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $149

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Wilfred Nazaire Dress

Courtesy of Wilfred

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $158

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ASTR The Label Lina Minidress

Courtesy of ASTR The Label

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $168

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Little Moon Orchid Dress

Courtesy of Little Moon

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $175

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Lenon Mixed Print Midi Dress

Courtesy of Lenon

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $188

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Sézane Clémence Dress

Courtesy of Sézane

SHOP NOW: Sézane, $195

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Just Female Poppy Fields Dress

Courtesy of Just Female

SHOP NOW: Need Supply, $195

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Le Fou Wilfred Lea Dress

Courtesy of Le Fou Wilfred

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $248

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Staud Tai Puff Sleeve Dress

Courtesy of Staud

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $308

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Parker Nancy Ruffled Mini Dress

Courtesy of Parker

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $328

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Black Halo Knotted Velvet Dress

Courtesy of Black Halo

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $345

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Kate Spade New York Meadow Smock Waist Dress

Courtesy of Kate Spade

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $348

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Joie Minia Floral Mini Dress

Courtesy of Joie

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $428

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Self-Portrait Satin Midi Dress

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $480

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A.L.C. Carolina Dress

Courtesy of A.L.C.

SHOP NOW: A.L.C., $575

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Rebecca Taylor Hudson Paisley Silk Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $495

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