34 Sophisticated Long-Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses

These styles are seriously chic.

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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, we've rounded up 34 long sleeve wedding guest dresses for every style and budget.

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For a Formal Wedding: David Koma Crystal-Embellished Satin Midi Dress

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A little black dress is always a good idea for a formal wedding, especially if that LBD boasts crystal-studded fabric and feather-trimmed sleeves. This gorgeous option pairs beautifully with black, gold, and silver accessories.

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Most Flattering Color: H&M Light Purple A-Line Gown

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You heard it here first: lilac is the hot new color for spring. Not only is it soft and pretty, it's also flattering on all skin tones. We love this perfectly purple H&M dress for the guest with a modern aesthetic.

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Best Short Style: Reformation Floral Mini Dress

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Let’s keep it short and sweet: you can't go wrong with a floral mini dress for a warm-weather wedding. We love this style for its dreamy blue hue and petite posy pattern.

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Best Under $100: Zara Knotted Neckline Dress

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This shimmering blush dress is so supremely elegant, you'd never guess that it retails for under $100. A knotted and plunging-v neckline makes this style all the more alluring.

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For a New Year's Eve Wedding: H&M Sequin Dress

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If you're attending a New Year's Eve wedding, then donning a sparkly dress is a must. This dazzling silver midi is undeniably fun for a wedding dress code that calls for festive attire.

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Best Pastel: Dolce & Gabbana Cotton-Blend Corded Lace Midi Dress

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Mint is a decidedly fresh (see what we did there?) color for a spring wedding. We love this pleasing pastel dress for its beautiful sheer sleeves and eyelash lace.

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For a Fall Wedding: Jenny Yoo Velvet Maxi Dress

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For cold-weather weddings, a sumptuous and warm velvet dress is a must-have. This long-sleeve style in a rich rust hue would look particularly striking set against a fall foliage backdrop.

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Best Wrap Silhouette: Zimmermann Silk Wrap Midi Dress

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No matter your shape or body type, a wrap dress looks great on everyone. This Zimmerman style features a ruffled and asymmetrical hem, and a waist-cinching tie for a style that's equal parts fashionable and flattering.

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Best Jewel-Tone: Fame and Partners Green Dress

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A jewel tone, like deep green, is a gorgeous option for fall and winter weddings. This versatile hue can easily be worn with gold or silver accessories and is always the perfect complement to a moody color palette.

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Best Mini: Acler Bow-Accented Cotton-Blend Mini Dress

Bow-Accented Cotton-Blend Mini Dress

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Whether you're attending a wedding in Palm Springs or Palm Beach, this gorgeous mini crafted from lightweight cotton is warm-weather-ready. Wear yours with barely-there strappy sandals or a pair of laidback wedges.

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Best Floral Print: Reformation Flower Dress

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You can never go wrong with a floral pattern for spring or summer nuptials. Cascading flowers, slightly puffed sleeves, and a sexy high slit sets this dress apart from the rest.

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Best Bright Color: Emilia Wickstead Off-the-Shoulder Cloqué Midi Dress

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It doesn't get more elegant than this off-the-shoulder midi dress in vibrant and eye-catching green. If your personal style is all about bold and bright colors, then you can't go wrong with this striking frock.

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For a Daytime Wedding: ASOS DESIGN Petite Long Sleeve Dress

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Lace sleeves are a great option for guests looking for light coverage. This pretty pastel dress is our pick for a daytime wedding in the spring.

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Most Romantic: Misa Floral Dress

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Light, breezy, and feminine, this floral dress is sure to please those with romantic tastes. Style yours with skin-tone shoes, dewy make-up, and a petal pink lip for a fresh and springy look.

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Most Unique: Bernadette One-Shoulder Taffeta Mini Dress

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If you're opting for a one-shoulder dress, make sure it's this one-shoulder dress. From the exaggerated bow and puff sleeve to the punchy pink hue, we can't get enough of this statement-making number.

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Most Dramatic: H&M Short Velvet Dress

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We love a statement sleeve moment and this short velvet dress, featuring voluminous cuffs, is no exception. Slick your hair back and add shoulder-grazing earrings to complete this dramatic ensemble.

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Best Embellishments: Needle & Thread Sequin-Embellished Tulle Mini Dress

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There's something that feels particularly enchanting about this beaded mini dress. From the embellished tulle sleeves to the sequin-encrusted floral motifs, this style feels utterly romantic for a formal garden wedding.

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Best Cold-Shoulder: Dolce & Gabbana Ruched One-Shoulder Jersey Dress

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This one-shoulder dress is as sophisticated as ever for a formal wedding. A cold-shoulder neckline meets a ruched and knotted waist to form a flattering and timeless silhouette.

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Best Sheer Sleeves: Lulus Hunter Green Long Sleeve Backless Maxi Dress

Hunter Green Long Sleeve Backless Maxi Dress

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In forever classic hunter green, this long-sleeve dress is a divine choice for a late summer or fall wedding. Dress it up with statement-making accessories or keep it simple for a pared-back look.

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For a Beach Wedding: Rococo Sand Floral Maxi Dress

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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.

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Most Demure: Zimmermann Paneled Cotton-Blend Lace Midi Dress

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A mixture of Victorian-era-inspired and prairie-chic, this lilac dress is equal parts romantic and demure. If you're looking for a modest dress full of pretty details, this style is a smart and stylish pick.

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Best Maternity: ASOS DESIGN Shirred Satin Maxi Dress

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For the pregnant wedding guest, this lustrous dress is a no-brainer. It features a smocked bodice, an empire waist, and a flowing skirt for a stylish look and comfortable fit.

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Most Glamorous: Needle & Thread Embellished Gown

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This pale blue dress is an endlessly glamorous choice for a winter wedding. Let the details like the sheer sleeves, allover silver sequins, and flouncy hem, do all the talking–and pair yours with minimal accessories.

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For a Black-Tie Wedding: Ahluwalia Black and White Gown

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This unique black and white gown is giving us Old Hollywood glamour at its finest. If you're attending a black-tie wedding, your search for the perfect outfit stops here.

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Most Movement: Sabina Musayev Tiered Shimmer Midi Dress

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If you're looking for a dress that's full of movement and will dazzle on the dance floor, this tiered and shimmering dress is as party-ready as they come.

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Most Boho: Lulus Floral Print Chiffon Wrap Maxi Dress

Floral Print Chiffon Wrap Maxi Dress

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For the boho guest with retro tastes, this 70s-inspired floral gown is sure to please your laid-back vibe. Pair with delicate personal jewelry and wear your hair down for an effortless look.

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Best Allover Sparkle: Dima Ayad Studded Wrap Midi Dress

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Bring on the glitz and glamour with a sparkly dress, fit for a formal celebration. Match your accessories with the silver bow for a flawless ensemble.

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Most Comfortable: Bardot Long Sleeve Metallic Chiffon Midi Dress

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There's nothing worse than wearing an uncomfortable dress to a wedding. This gold speckled style features stunning sheer sleeves and is designed with a flattering smocked waist for added comfort.

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Most Unexpected: Bronx and Banco Puff-Sleeve Mini Ruffle Dress

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Long balloon sleeves give way to a cinched waist and fit and flare skirt, for a mini dress that feels both unique and whimsical. Wear yours with metallic accessories to complement the subtle silver sheen of the fabric.

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Most Party-Ready: ASOS EDITION Sequin Wrap Mini Dress

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If you're usually the first person out on the dance floor, then you need this sparkly pink mini dress. Our favorite detail? The voluminous sleeves that give this style some 70s-inspired flare.

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Most 80s-Inspired: Acler Puff-Sleeve Satin Mini Dress

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Channel the 80s in this divine green mini dress complete with exaggerated and puffed sleeves. Style with matching green shoes for a monochromatic look, or opt for gold sandals for a fun metallic accent.

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For a Festive Wedding: Rotate Sequin Long Sleeve Midi Dress

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If you're attending a wedding around the holidays and are looking for a festive dress, allow us to introduce you to this glittering dress from Rotate. It's fun, dress code appropriate, and bound to land you tons of compliments.

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For the Welcome Party: LoveShackFancy Patterned Dress

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Leave it to LoveShackFancy to create the technicolored dress of our dreams. We love this bright and mixed pattern dress for a fun rehearsal dinner or welcome party look.

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Most Classic: BHLDN Metallic Dress

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For guests with a traditional aesthetic, a tried and true black dress will never fail you. This style is made all the more special when paired with classic pearl earrings and a berry lip.

Shopping FAQs

Looking for the perfect outfit for an upcoming wedding? We've answered three common questions wedding guests ask when shopping for long sleeve dresses.

  • What long sleeve dresses are best for a summer wedding? For warm-weather weddings, opt for dresses cut from breathable and lightweight fabrics like linen and cotton. Dresses with sheer sleeves will also keep you cool at 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? Long sleeve gowns cut from thick fabrics, like velvet, will look stylish while keeping you warm.

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