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9 long sleeve midi dresses for when you don’t want your arms on show

"I love a midi dress and they love me." intwrferingma

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Apr 10, 2024

9 long sleeve midi dresses

In the world of fashion, certain styles become steadfast wardrobe staples and these pieces are a go-to choice for events like weddings, Christenings, baby showers and even a day at the races. One of those staple pieces is the long sleeve midi dress. 

A midi dress with long sleeves is a win-win style for special occasions. Why? Well, beyond just style, these types of dresses offer comfort and elegance all while gracefully concealing your arms when you’re not keen on flaunting them to the world. Keep reading to find nine dresses that have been carefully selected from brands our Mumsnet users know and love to wear to any special occasions you have in the calendar. 

Let’s start with this pleated layered midi dress in navy with a floral print by ASOS DESIGN. Florals for spring, navy for winter - this dress will last all year.

ASOS DESIGN Pleated Layered Tiered Midi Dress, £60 | Buy now from ASOS

Next we have this wear-all-day Penele dress by Phase Eight that’s relaxed, comfortable but still stylish with its delicate tie detail and long, puffed sleeves. 

Phase Eight Penele Chiffon Midi Dress, £110 | Buy now from Phase Eight

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Made from whisper-weight viscose, this midi shirt dress from Whistles is an instant classic and proves that florals aren’t just for spring. 

Whistles Mabel Hawaiian Print Satin Midi Shirt Dress, £169 | Buy now from Whistles

This stunning floral Lina printed long sleeve dress by Phase Eight features oversized sleeves, a V-neckline and would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding. 

Phase Eight Lina Printed Long Sleeve Midi Dress, £169 | Buy now from Phase Eight

This midaxi balloon sleeve dress in olive by Closet London is glossy, drapey, silky-smooth and will transcend seasons this year.

Closet London Balloon Sleeve Midaxi Dress in Olive, £75 | Buy now from ASOS

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We can always rely on ASOS DESIGN to give us long sleeve midi dresses and as ever, this pleated bodice plunge neck midi dress in rose doesn’t disappoint.

ASOS DESIGN Pleated Bodice Plunge Neck Midi Dress, £52 | Buy now from ASOS

Our second Whistles entry into this roundup is this pewter luna cowl neck midi dress that will work for all seasons. Add metallic heeled sandals for the ultimate finish. 

Whistles Pewter Luna Cowl Neck Midi Dress, £199 | Buy now from Whistles

Turn heads with our final entry from Phase Eight is the Marilyn puff sleeve midi dress that comes in a hot red shade with a feminine V-neckline, puffed sleeves and a flowing skirt. 

Phase Eight Marilyn Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, £149 | Buy now from Phase Eight

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And to end our roundup, this Vila V-neck midi smock dress comes in powder blue grey with foil flecks that’ll add some extra sparkle to your overall look. 

Vila V-neck Midi Smock Dress, £52 | Buy now from ASOS

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. After birthing and breastfeeding two babies in two years, Rebecca knows first-hand how hard it can be to prioritise yourself when you become a mother. So, she’s on a quest to find the best beauty and fashion products that are both practical and affordable, with the help of Mumsnet user recommendations. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog up and down country lanes.

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