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From watching the happy couple tie the knot to dancing to your favorite party anthems – there's so much to look forward to at a wedding. But before you can sip champagne with friends or showcase your moves on the dance floor, you need to secure the perfect wedding guest outfit. Enter: long sleeve dresses.
Timeless and stylish, long sleeve dresses run the gamut from formal and adorned to casual and pared-back, and are appropriate for every season (yes, even summer!). As a wedding guest, you'll want to look your absolute best while still honoring the dress code. For black-tie weddings, gowns with sheer or beaded sleeves are endlessly elegant for a formal affair. Floor-length dresses cut from lightweight fabrics, with barely-there sleeves, are stunning for the guest who wants coverage at a warm-weather wedding. For bold tastes, there's no shortage of statement-making options from gowns with voluminous cuffs to sparkly mini dresses. And if you're attending a winter wedding, you'll find scores of long sleeve dresses in thick fabrics, like velvet, that are equal parts warm and fashionable.
Whether you've been invited to a wedding that calls for conservative attire or you're a fan of dresses with statement sleeves, read on for the best long sleeve wedding guest dresses for every style and budget.
For a Beach Wedding: Rococo Sand Floral Maxi Dress
If the couple is exchanging vows on the beach or at a tropical locale, this multi-colored dress is the perfect complement to a warm-weather or destination wedding. Style with accessories in natural fabrics like a raffia clutch and woven jute sandals.
Best Off-The-Shoulder: Agua by Agua Bendita Printed Cotton Maxi Dress
Whether you're attending a wedding in Palm Springs or Palm Beach, this off-the-shoulder maxi dress crafted from pure cotton is a stunning option for warm-weather nuptials. Wear yours with barely-there strappy sandals or a pair of laidback wedges.
What to look for in a long sleeve wedding guest dress
There's no denying that for fall and winter weddings, long sleeve dresses are a fashionable and functional option for wedding guests. Long sleeve dresses crafted from warm fabrics like velvet and lace make for the perfect wedding guest look while fending off chilly breezes. But long sleeve dresses aren't just for cold-weather nuptials, they work well for the spring and summer seasons as well. Dresses cut from lightweight materials featuring sheer and ethereal sleeves are always an alluring option for anything from a spring garden wedding to a seaside ceremony. And don't forget the style of the sleeve! Long sleeve wedding guest dresses come in scores of different styles from romantic puff sleeve looks to dramatic bell sleeve silhouettes.
What long sleeve dresses are best for a summer wedding?
What should I wear to a wedding that requires modest attire?
Floor-length dresses, with long sleeves and high necklines, are most appropriate for a wedding that requires conservative attire.
What should I wear to a winter wedding?
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