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When we were young and naive we used to think that dresses were only for summer – oh, how wrong we were!
As we’ve grown up we’ve realised that a good dress can carry you through all seasons – when paired with boots and tights – but spring, in particular, is the perfect time to start stocking up.
From playful florals to statement collars, our beloved high street is stuffed full with gorgeous designs to suit every personality and occasion.
However, let’s not get carried away, with the ever-unpredictable weather and days that still haven’t reached their potential, a dress is all very well – but doing away with sleeves isn’t.
Which is why we’ve gathered together the best long-sleeved dresses out there right now. The ones that will carry you through the workday and on to drinks after or make weekend dressing a doddle.
You can dress them up with a pair of heels or down with a pair of boots, and adding accessories can totally change the look.
So, whether you just like to keep your arms covered up or are heeding our advice on the weather front, here are the must-have long-sleeved dresses we’re lusting after right now.
12 of the best long-sleeved dresses
Star Print Midi Dress | £40 from Monsoon
This bold midi dress is made from a lightweight fabric so you can strut your stuff when it heats up, and simply throw a pair of tights and jumper over the top when it cools down.
Beige Leopard Print Dress | £36 from River Island
No dress roundup up, long-sleeved or not, would be complete without a leopard print dress. This round-neck version will see you through many spring’s to come.
Jolie Dress | £89 from Ghost
This wrap dress might not be work-appropriate, but it’s statement colour and playful print make it perfect for weekend meandering and evening activities. Add a pair of patterned tights to boost the spring florals vibe.
Catalina Check Wrap Dress | £45 from Whistles
With so much floral about, this crepe dress will be a breath of fresh air in your spring wardrobe. We’re sure it will appeal to the office sartorialist and the weekend wanderer, too!
Balloon-Sleeved Dress | £29.99 from H&M
Simple yet striking, everyone needs a good black dress in their wardrobe – yes, even in the spring. If monochrome isn’t your thing though, then the high street store also have the same design in a much bolder pink.
Black Floral Print Shirred Waist Midi Dress | £24.50 from Dorothy Perkins
This midi dress cuts a flattering figure, and the floral pattern make it spring appropriate while the darker background means it can worn all-year-round. Team with a leather biker jacket to offset the dainty print.
Ivy Ponte Midi Dress | £90 from Boden
This clever colour-block dress looks elegant with a pair of heels, or playful and bright with a pair of white trainers. It’s super soft and the smooth ponte fabric falls into a flattering skirt.
Floral Waisted Midi Dress | £39.50 from Marks & Spencer
Our trusty M&S is at it again with this statement high colour and gorgeous purple print. In fact, we might be so bold as to declare this the dress of the season.
Patterned Shirt Dress | £38 from Next
This pretty shirt dress is perfect for chilled out weekends and dressed-up nights out; just swap your flats for strappy heels and you’re ready to go. Plus, it accentuates a tan and so is the perfect holiday number, too.
Smocked Knit Dress | £79.99 from ZARA
ZARA know how to make good dresses, and this dusty pink number is no exception. The smocked detailing, pleated hem and high neck are akin to many designer pieces out there and so give the illusion that it’s much expensive than £80.
Fresh Floral Print Midi Dress | £39 from Topshop
With a hint of yellow, this beautiful botanical number also features open back detailing and a flattering, synched in waist. Add a pair of yellow pumps to really embrace the sunny look, or a pair of black boots to add a masculine twist to the feminine print.
ARIA Lace Dress with Sheer Sleeves | £95 from Reiss
With a bespoke geometric lace overlay, this elegant dress is both contemporary and impactful. Though it’s slight overkill for a weekend picnic – not to mention risky to maneuver off the floor in – it makes a perfect, smart office option or occasionwear.
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