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. 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.
Best Sheer Sleeves
Lulus Talk About Divine Hunter Green Long Sleeve Backless Maxi Dress
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 more pared-back look.
Price at time of publish: $89
For a Fall Wedding
Jenny Yoo Ryland Velvet Maxi Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $295
ASTR the Label Lovestruck Dress
For the guest with a bohemian sensibility, this floral gown is sure to please your effortlessly laid-back vibe. Pair with delicate personal jewelry and wear your hair down for an effortless look.
Price at time of publish: $168
Best Festive Attire
ASOS DESIGN Embellished Drape Detail Mini Dress
If you're attending a wedding around the holidays and looking for a festive dress, let us introduce you to this glittering dress from ASOS. It's fun, dress code appropriate, and bound to land you heaps of compliments.
Price at time of publish: $100
Self-Portrait Power Mesh Rhinestone Cutout Midi Dress
A little black dress is always a good idea for a formal wedding, especially if that LBD spotlights a diamanté-lined neckline and a sexy cut-out. Plus, it's crafted from a power mesh fabric designed to hug and highlight your figure. This gorgeous option pairs beautifully with black, gold, and silver accessories.
Price at time of publish: $510
Best Jewel Tone
Fame and Partners The Shay
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.
Price at time of publish: $315
For a Destination Wedding
Hannah Artwear Rio Open-Back Floral-Print Silk-Habotai Maxi Dress
Not one to shy away from a bold design? We love this brightly colored patterned dress for everything from a fun rehearsal dinner look to a statement-making wedding day ensemble. The gorgeous side cutouts, open back, and silk fabric make it a fitting choice for a destination wedding–especially when paired with a basket bag.
Price at time of publish: $595
Best Blouson Sleeves
ASTR the Label Anora Maxi Dress
If you're looking for a dress that's full of movement and will dazzle on the dance floor, this pleated and tiered dress is as party-ready as they come. Its chic copper color makes it a great choice for a fall wedding.
Price at time of publish: $155
For a New Year's Eve Wedding
Retrofete Gabrielle Robe
Donning a sparkly dress is a must if you're attending a New Year's Eve wedding. This dazzling mini is undeniably fun for a wedding dress code that calls for festive attire.
Price at time of publish: $417
Norma Kamali Long-Sleeve Tara Dress
For guests with a traditional aesthetic, a tried and true little black dress will never fail you. This style is made all the more special when paired with classic pearl earrings and a bold berry lip.
Price at time of publish: $175
For a Beach Wedding
Rocco Sand Peony 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.
Price at time of publish: $434
Best Wrap Silhouette
Zimmermann Asymmetric Ruffled Silk-Satin Wrap Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $650
Most Sexy Back
Bardot River Bias Dress
f you’re looking for an outfit that’s equal parts elegant and sexy, this burgundy number is a no-brainer. Crafted in a medium stretch satin crepe, this body-hugging silhouette boasts an incredibly alluring thigh-high side slit and an exquisite open back. Take your look to the next level with gold accessories and a smokey eye.
Price at time of publish: $139
Best Floral Dress
Reformation Gloriana Silk Dress
You can never go wrong with a floral pattern for spring or summer nuptials. Slightly puffed sleeves and a sweetheart neckline make this Reformation number a fitting choice for the guest who loves romantic details.
Price at time of publish: $348
Misha Chara Dress
Give them retro glam in this bubblegum pink mini dress featuring '80s-inspired padded shoulders. The plunging neckline is fun and daring while the front tie detail adds movement to the body-hugging silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $347
Needle & Thread Aurelia Long Sleeve Gown
This pale pink 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.
Price at time of publish: $769
Best Floral Mini
Zimmermann Violet Twist Front Mini Dress
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 from Zimmermann for its pretty ruched sleeves and flirty and frilly hem. Secure this mini for your rehearsal dinner look or a casual summer wedding.
Price at time of publish: $695
Misa Imelda Dress
Light, breezy, and feminine, this floral dress is sure to appeal to those with romantic tastes. Style yours with skin-tone shoes, dewy makeup, and a petal pink lip for a fresh and springy look.
Price at time of publish: $485
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?
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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