The best dresses with sleeves

If the words strappy, or worse, strapless tend to fill you with terror when dress shopping, we have great news for you; sleeves are officially trending. Between typically unfathomable British weather, fake tan fails and less than impossibly toned limbs (genes like Jennifer Aniston’s are hard to come by after all), there’s no wonder that long-sleeve dresses are proving such a hit this summer. Handily, we’ve rounded up the best dresses with sleeves available right now.



1. Wild child

Mint Velvet Philippa Print Utility Dress 

A perfect fusion of the animal and utilitarian trends we're all wearing this summer, this is a classic you’ll really get your wear out of. We’re already thinking how great it will look with slouchy boots come autumn.

Mint Velvet, Philippa Print Utility Dress, £109


2. Get your greens

Whistles Celestine Dress


This earthy, olive green is just the thing to highlight your summer tan. With a fluid silhouette, light and airy fabric and practical pockets to finish, dressing for high climes just became effortless.

Whistles, Celestine Dress, £99


3. Free spirit

Biba Tassel Embroidered Dress


With delicate embroidery, bell sleeves and playful tassels, this Biba dress is a real treat for your free-spirited inner boho babe. Throw on for all of your beachside escapes, casual Fridays and weekend outings this summer.

Biba,Tassel Embroidered Dresss, £139


4. Candy stripe

Another Label, Radford Long Sleeve Dress


A free-flowing maxi that can take you from day to play? Yes, please. If you’re typically more of a monochrome dresser, we recommend a pretty pastel number to help you dip your toe into a more vibrant wardrobe.

Another Label, Radford Long Sleeve Dress, £110


5. Riviera chic

Tommy Hilfiger Playful Beach Towel


With its distinctly Riviera vibe, we can already picture ourselves by the coast, drink in hand and bold red lipstick in place, while wearing this chic, striped number. Côte d'Azur trip anyone?

Marella, Wrap Dress, £280


6. It's a wrap

Phase Eight Elaina Flocked Spot Dress


A flattering wrap dress in a punchy hue is the pièce de résistance of summer – slot this one into your regular line-up for spontaneous evening cocktails and any other swanky events in your social calendar.

Phase Eight, Elaina Flocked Spot Dress, £120


7. Hello yellow

Ted Baker, Marniee Asymmetric Dress


If you’ve still got wedding invites in the diary, consider your outfit sorted. The silky fabric and flattering length will make for the dream guest dress. Note: be prepared for everyone to ask you where you got it from. 

Ted Baker, Marniee Asymmetric Dress, £169


8. Bold and beautiful

Whistles Digital Daisy Zelena Dress


You certainly won't look like a wallflower in this riotous colour combo. A bold, illustrated midi will look equally pleasing with trainers for afternoon jaunts or heels when you head out for cocktail hour.

Whistles, Digital Daisy Zelena Dress, £179