The bride’s choice for her bridesmaid is often a difficult one. There was a time when bridesmaid dresses were entirely the bride’s pick and bridesmaids often were anxious about the bride’s choice for them. The dress style can either not suit the individual bridesmaid or they just don't like it, which leaves those being asked to serve feeling unhappy about wearing what's chosen on a special day.
Things certainly have changed, and brides have become much more aware as well place a higher importance on their bridesmaid’s preferences and confidence. Modern brides are more open to letting her bridesmaids choose dress styles that they love and would be comfortable to wear and want each one in the bridal party to feel confident and happy with the dress choice.
The long sleeve bridesmaid dress is a popular style that has been increasing in popularity. This may not be new, but it certainly gained more interest from brides and bridesmaids.
We have met a lot of brides and they have vetted their frustration as to how hard it is to find the right bridesmaid dresses with sleeves. The struggle is real when you want a certain style, fabric, or colour for your bridesmaids. We hear it all the time, “I can’t seem to find a store that has exactly what I’m looking for with bridesmaid dresses. It’s so hard.”
Don’t stress, we have what you need.
We can help with any style and colour request! We are ready to help with an array of options that will suit every taste from elegant chiffon flowy styles to fitted mermaid silhouettes. Whatever style you have in mind, whatever colour you are seeking, we can help you cut the search process, time, and effort.
Long sleeve bridesmaid dresses are timelessly elegant and beautiful. For cooler months, long sleeve bridesmaid dresses are a perfect choice. They provide just enough coverage to keep your maids warm and comfortable without sacrificing style! Furthermore, depending on the wedding theme or overall preference there is variety in styles for this type of dress with gorgeous designs to choose from that will suit every taste.
Choosing a bridesmaid dress is hard enough, but the struggle gets even more difficult when you have to find one that works with all shapes and sizes. There are a lot of variables that you need to find a good balance with. There are so many different styles out there; it can be hard knowing which one works best for everyone in your bridal party.
We understand how difficult this decision may seem at first (but we’ve helped lots of other brides and bridesmaids) but don’t stress; we're here to help with our extensive dress options and help guide you pick out your perfect bridesmaid dresses.
Why Choose Long Sleeve Bridesmaid Dresses?
1. Timeless & classy
The timeless appeal of a long sleeve bridesmaid dress is what makes it so popular. The classic style will never go out of date and remains one the most beautifully elegant styles for bridesmaids.
2. Suitable for every season
Whilst sleeveless style bridesmaid dresses are great for the warmer months, it doesn’t serve so well if you have your wedding in the cooler seasons. Regardless of whether you have a summer or winter wedding, there are plenty of styles that can incorporate long sleeves in the bridesmaid dresses to suit your wedding theme, your personal preference, style and of course the weather.
For example, if you have a wedding in autumn or spring, the days could be a little warm in the daytime and slightly cooler at night. A long sleeve bridesmaid dress style that incorporates a mid-weight fabric that can keep your girls warm.
If you have a wedding in the warmer months, a lighter fabric type with short sleeves, mid or longer length sleeves will still give the coverage whilst staying cool.
3. Subtle yet chic arm coverage
For some bridesmaids, the desire for modesty is an important aspect so in being mindful to your bridesmaid’s preference, a long sleeve dress can make her feel more comfortable if she wears something that covers her arms.
4. Arms and shoulder slimming effect
Sometimes bridesmaids express their concerns about showing their arms as they deem this is a problem area. Long sleeves provide a great way to conceal the arms if this is something that your bridesmaids have preference for.
5. Versatility with styles and fabric options
Contrary to belief, long sleeve bridesmaid dresses aren’t limited to outdated styles as once was. There are many ways to make a bridesmaid dress with long sleeves look chic, sophisticated, elegant and stylish or however style you envision – especially when it comes to getting your bridesmaid dresses custom made.
Long sleeves can work with a lot of different fabric types depending on the style you are after. You can also combine two types of fabrics together to create a truly standout dress for your bridesmaids. For example, the combination of lace and chiffon looks extremely elegant and beautiful. You can add embellishments for extra feature and textures if you want to take your bridesmaid dresses beyond something minimalist.
Beautiful Long Sleeved Bridesmaid Dresses Inspiration For You
Your girls deserve the best and we're going to make sure they look it, feel like the best versions of themselves on your big day. The perfect long sleeved bridesmaid dress is waiting for you in our made to order department right here.
These are our top picks for long sleeve bridesmaid dresses that we’re sure you'll love and so will your bride squad. This is going to be super exciting!
1. KAELY Wrap Look Long Sleeve Bridesmaid Dress
This is the perfect pick if you are after a modern bridesmaid look. This design exudes a modern chic sexiness with the low V neckline and thigh leg split whilst still maintaining coverage.
2. KATESSA Silk Crepe Long Sleeve Bridesmaid Dress
This design is overall very similar to the above style with its long sleeve balloons and romantic flowy fit. There are a couple of small differences, but they're both stunning in their own way!
"KATESSA" in rust
"KATESSA" in emerald green
"KATESSA" in soft pink
3. ELERI Silk Crepe Off The Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress
This style is modern glam and chic at it's best. There's no doubt that your bridesmaids will love this design with the off shoulder balloon long sleeves in a sheath silhouette that will make them feel incredible as they will look.
This dress is made from our signature luxurious silk crepe fabric that feels like an absolute dream against your skin. The fabric has a soft sheen and is lightweight and incredibly comfortable to wear.
"ELERI" in sage green
"ELERI" in navy
This gorgeous style is also just as flattering and fabulous on plus size bridesmaids! Don't you agree?
4. KERRISA Chiffon Off The Shoulder Long Sleeved Bridesmaid Dress
This gorgeous design is just pure romance and simply beautiful. Made from lightweight, versatile and ultra comfortable chiffon fabric, this bridesmaid dress is an absolute dream to the eyes and to wear.
Featuring all the beautiful elements including a sweetheart neckline with off the shoulder balloon sleeves, this will surely make all your bridesmaids happy with such a gorgeous dress selection.
"KERRISA" in soft pink
Again, this style looks amazing on fuller figure, curvy and plus size bridesmaids.
"KERRISA" in pink - curve range
5. ELVENE Chiffon Long Sleeve Bridesmaid Dress
This is a perfect option for modest coverage whilst still being super chic.
"ELVENE" in burgundy
"ELVENE" in burgundy - curve range
"ELVENE" in cobalt blue
6. KRISSA Pleated Long Sleeve Chiffon Long Bridesmaid Dress
This design gives off a chic bohemian feel so if this is your vibe, don't hesitate to snap up this gorgeous style that flatters in all the right places as well as being incredibly comfortable to wear.
7. HOLLINDA Long Sleeve Glitter Print Formal Gown
If you want something a bit more glitzy, sparkly and glam, this dress is a fabulous choice. Traditional bridesmaid dresses tend to be quite simple in design, with soft, draping fabrics that help create a romantic look. However, if you're looking for something a little different and if you (and your bride squad) loves sparkles, the gown is a hands down great option.
Long Sleeve Types
There are plenty of options to explore if you are considering long sleeve bridesmaid dresses - different fabric types, sleeve lengths and types, fit of the dresses such as fitted or flowy.
Sleeve types can definitely jazz up the look of the entire dress aesthetics. If you are bored of just seeing the straight fitted sleeves everywhere, consider other sleeve types as below;
Bell sleeves are fitted around the shoulder and upper arm and flares out to the wrist. This type of sleeve is created to have an appearance reminiscent of a bell in its shape.
Bell sleeves can come in different sleeve lengths. Bell sleeves end anywhere from the elbow to the wrist.
Bishop sleeves are gathered at the hem to a fitting plain cuff band. The sleeve is fitted at the armhole but gradually widens as it reaches the hem, where the fullness is contained with the cuff.
A bishop sleeve can be slightly voluminous or it can be very full and billowy and made in a flowy drape fabric. The bishop sleeve can create a very feminine silhouette and overall a very romantic look.
Cape style sleeves
Cape sleeves are long and flowing sleeves that resemble the look of capes. The fabric is gathered at the shoulder and flows out like a cape from there.
Balloon sleeves are long, puffed sleeves that are gathered at the shoulder and then puffed out and gather back at the wrist. This is often an exaggerated sleeve look and is voluminous.The entire sleeve has a puff at the wrist rather than a tapered finish.
Lantern sleeves is a long sleeve that balloons out between the wrist and the elbow and then gathers again around the wrist.
Batwing sleeves have a deep armhole and gets increasingly narrow towards the wrist. This makes it look like wings, which give it's reference name to "bat wings".
Very similar to bell sleeves, a butterfly sleeve flares out from the shoulder but it usually does not fully cover the arm and usually finishes mid upper arm or to elbow length.
The perfect bridesmaids dress is a delicate balance between being stylish and comfortable. We hope that this blog post has instilled some inspiration for you to either start looking for or make a definitive decision to go with a long sleeve bridesmaid dress.
If you are still undecided and not too sure what style is suitable for your bridesmaids or perhaps you have something specific in mind that you just can't find elsewhere, we can help!
We have our exclusive bridesmaid dresses collection which has been designed in house and made by our team of dressmakers. Dresses in this collection enables you to customize the design to suit your girl's preferences as well as order it in a range of colours.
If you found long sleeve styles online or seen a perfect inspo photo, you're welcome to send this to us and inquire about getting it made with our custom made service.
Get in touch with us and we can help you bring yours and your girl's visions to life.
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