23 Mother of the Bride Dresses with Sleeves That Are Super Chic

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What's even better than a dress with pockets? A dress with sleeves. In general, finding an elegant evening gown or cocktail dress that covers your arms is no easy feat. Most dresses, especially more elegant options, tend to be sleeveless or strapless, but if you're not comfortable with showing your arms (or you simply want something that offers a bit more warmth), then you may have to search a little harder to find exactly what you desire. Fortunately for the moms who are currently shopping, mother of the bride or groom dresses with sleeves have become more popular and accessible as of late.

For that classic mother of the bride or groom look, opt for a gown with a matching jacket or capelet attached. These are practical and warm pieces that are ideal for weddings in the fall or winter, not to mention they also add a level of comfort to your look. If you want an ensemble that feels less conservative, lean into features like slits or low necklines that allow any look to appear trendy, modern, and chic.

Ready to start your search? We've put together a selection of the best mother of the bride or groom dresses with sleeves that will stand out in the best way possible.

Best Column Gown

Pryce Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress

Amsale Pryce Off-the-Shoulder Column Dress

Anthropologie

Size: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

It's hard to beat the sophistication and elegance of a good column gown. This one comes in luxe satin, in several different color options. The slight off-the-shoulder neckline works perfectly with the blousy sleeves.

Price at time of publish: $495

Best With Capelet

Oleg Cassini Lace Capelet Sheath Dress

Plus Size Sequin Lace Capelet Jersey Sheath Dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 14-24 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 7 days

This shimmering capelet offers plenty of coverage for your upper half and is covered in a glittering floral design. Another great feature? The sheath dress underneath has an alluring slit in the front.

Price at time of publish: $170

Best Lace

La Femme Floral Lace & Tulle Gown in Burgundy

La Femme Floral Lace & Tulle Gown in Burgundy

Nordstrom

Size: 4-20 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund anytime

A ballet neckline, elbow-length sleeves, lace design, and gauzy tulle make this dress extra feminine and delicate. It comes in several different colors and would work for every season aside from summer.

Price at time of publish: $619

Most Bold

Tadashi Shoji Blanche Draped Dolman Gown

blue gown

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Size: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 15 days

Want to really make a statement? Opt for this patterned design that features bold colors, embroidery, and some sequins. Just be sure the bride is okay with so many eyes being on this gown.

Price at time of publish: $468

Most Sleek

Ralph Lauren Collection Long Sleeve Evening Dress

black gown

Courtesy of Ralph Lauren

Size: XXS-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

It doesn't get chicer than this slim-fit black gown with sheer sleeves. This Ralph Lauren Collection look has a touch of Old Hollywood glamour with a hint of modern sex appeal.

Price at time of publish: $2,490

Best for a Holiday Wedding

Tadashi Shoji Ottilie Sequin Embellished Crepe Gown

red gown

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Size: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 15 days

Heading to a wedding around the holidays? This red crepe gown is the perfect fit. The glittering embellished sleeves and boatneck top are elegant touches.

Price at time of publish: Not listed

Best Chiffon

Mac Duggal Pleated Bell Sleeve Chiffon Gown

mother of the bride gown

Courtesy of Mac Duggal

Size: 14-24 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

For a softer and more romantic look, opt for a chiffon gown like this Mac Duggal number. Even with the long sleeves, this feels light enough for a spring wedding and would flatter any mother of the bride.

Price at time of publish: $398

Best Short Sleeves

Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress

Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

Size: 0-26 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

A dress with sleeves isn't confined to only long sleeves. This gown features flutter short sleeves that offer just enough coverage for any mother of the bride or groom. In several different colors and done in a lovely velvet, this is ideal for a fall wedding.

Price at time of publish: $295

Best Beaded

Oleg Cassini Beaded V-Neck Sheath Gown

beaded gown

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 0-16 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 7 days

A more traditional mother-of-the-bride look, this dress features sparkling beading and a flowing capelet top. It has a casual elegance to it and, thanks to the lighter fabric, can work in many different types of climates.

Price at time of publish: $230

Best Sequins

Mac Duggal Sequined V-Neck Cape Sleeve Column Gown

sequin gown

Courtesy of Mac Duggal

Size: 2-20 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Covered in glittering sequins and featuring scalloped cape sleeves, this Mac Duggal gown has a vintage flair to it. The sequins and beading make it so unique and give it a lot of beautiful detail.

Price at time of publish: $698

Best Budget-Friendly

Baltic Born Meghan Velvet Wrap Maxi Dress

wrap style velvet dress

Courtesy of Baltic Born

Size: XS - 4XL | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 35 days

For something simple and budget-friendly, opt for this wrap-style maxi dress by Baltic Born. It's beautiful and more minimalist, and it comes in a huge selection of colors, so you're bound to find something that works for you.

Price at time of publish: $88

Best Metallic

Adrianna Papell Plus Metallic Blouson Gown

metallic gown

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

Size: 14-24 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 90 days

This lovely metallic dress would look perfect for a fall or winter wedding. Dolman sleeves and gathering at the waist provide a nice design detail to this otherwise minimalist ensemble.

Price at time of publish: $131

Best Floral

Oleg Cassini Long Sleeve Floral Chiffon Maxi Dress

floral gown

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 2-16 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 7 days

Made of light chiffon, this gown has a romantic and feminine bohemian feel to it. The pinks and oranges in the floral design make this an ideal dress for a spring or early summer wedding.

Price at time of publish: $160

Most Classic

La Femme Long Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown

black lace gown

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Size: 14-24 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund anytime

This form-fitting black lace gown is a classic look that will never go out of style. An off-the-shoulder neck and full-length trumpet skirt give it a very dressed-up feel.

Price at time of publish: $438

Most Elegant

Rickie Freeman for Teri John Floral Jacquard Shirtdress Gown

shirtdress gown

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Size: 2-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

A shirtdress doesn't sound fancy enough for a wedding, especially as the mother of the bride, but when mixed with floral jacquard and an elegant full-length skirt, it works. This Rickie Freeman number feels put together and would look beautiful at formal nuptials.

Price at time of publish: Not listed

Most Feminine

Mac Duggal Faux Wrap Long Sleeve Tiered Gown

maxi dress

Courtesy of Mac Duggal

Size: 2-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

The pleated bodice, sumptuous tiered skirt, soft colors, and blousy sheer sleeves make this dress feel so romantic and whimsical. It's also surprisingly versatile and can work with many dress codes.

Price at time of publish: $598

Best Illusion

Tadashi Shoji Marvin Illusion Lace Gown

illusion gown

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Size: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 15 days

Tulle illusion and an interesting lace design make this dress so unique. We absolutely love the off-the-shoulder neckline which looks so lovely with the chevron piecing.

Price at time of publish: $508

Most Unique

Talbot Runhof Cape-Effect Draped Dégradé Metallic Voile Gown

Cape-effect draped dégradé metallic voile gown

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Size: 2-16 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

Between the lime green color, the metallic sheen, and the cape effect, this gown has such a unique look to it and will be something no one will soon forget. It also has a more modern and trendy feel for fashion-forward mothers of the bride and groom.

Price at time of publish: $2,595

Most Interesting Sleeves

Oleg Cassini Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Gown with Illusion Sleeves

long sleeve dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 2-16 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 7 days

Both interesting and simple, this off-the-shoulder gown features fun 3D floral blooms on the illusion sleeves—providing the entire ensemble with a youthful flair.

Price at time of publish: $190

Best Shawl Collar

Reem Acra Embellished Wrap-Effect Satin Pique Gown

shawl collar gown

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Size: XS-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

The shawl collar has a distinct mother of the bride look to it, but in this gown by Reem Acra, it appears more elegant than usual. A wrap effect and rippling bow allows this look to flatter almost all body types.

Price at time of publish: $1,950

Most Modern

Tadashi Shoji Marshal Crepe and Lace Gown

black gown

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Size: 2-18 | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 15 days

Structured sleeves, lace around the bodice, and a slit gives this gown a modern elegance that is hard not to stare at. It also comes in navy if you'd prefer to not wear black.

Price at time of publish: $100

Best Slit

Mac Duggal Lattice Beaded Long Sleeve Evening Gown

beaded gown

Courtesy of Mac Duggal

Lattice beading throughout this entire gown gives it a gorgeous sparkle. The high slit looks perfect with the column style and the belt detail is a nice touch.

Price at time of publish: $398

Best Back

Reem Acra Embellished Satin-Pique Gown

blue gown

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Size: XS-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

The light blue color of this satin gown is so beautiful and elegant. While this is quite conservative, we love the playful detail of the bow in the back.

Price at time of publish: $1,995

What to Look for in a Mother of the Bride or Groom Dress With Sleeves

Looking for the perfect mother of the bride or groom dress with sleeves all comes down to your personal style and preferences. If you want something on the conservative side that provides optimal coverage, look for long sleeves, capelets, or matching jackets. If you want to go for something more modern and trendy, look for details like slits, lower necklines, structural sleeves, or illusion material. Remember to look for a shade that goes well with the rest of the colors for the wedding and the wedding party, and to check with the couple if there are any outfit choices you should stay away from. And while you should pick something that stands out, remember to never outstage the bride.

FAQ
  • Should the mother of the bride or groom match the bridal party?

    The mother of the bride or groom should complement the rest of the wedding party, but her look should stand out a bit and not be the same color. She should opt for a different hue (for example, if the bridesmaids are wearing light blue, the mother of the bride could wear navy), or she can wear a pattern with matching elements to the bridesmaid dresses.

  • Should the mother of the bride or groom wear a long dress?

    Most of the time, you'll find that mother of the bride or groom dress options are floor-length formal gowns. However, there are no steadfast rules, depending on the dress code. If you want to wear something shorter, go ahead. Shorter dresses are especially popular for more casual weddings, but if the event is white-tie, black-tie, or formal, then a long dress should be worn.

  • How much are mother of the bride or groom dresses with sleeves?

    The price of any mother of the bride dress will vary widely. It depends on the designer, the materials used, and the length of the dress. If you choose something formal from a popular designer, the price could be thousands of dollars. Of course, it's not necessary to spend that much and there are plenty of options for looks that cost between $100-$500, with budget-friendly choices under $100 too.

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Contributing writer Jessica Booth is a freelance writer and formerly served as an editor for seven years. Her work has been featured in Bustle, Romper, Insider, Forbes, Redbook, and Refinery29.

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