17 Stellar Long-Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses

Keep warm while looking stylish in these editor-approved picks
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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Nov 29, 2023
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With the influx of colder weather comes a flurry of fall and winter weddings—and the perfect opportunity to rock a long-sleeve wedding guest dress. If you're searching for fall wedding guest dresses or winter wedding guest dresses, opting for a long-sleeve dress will ensure you stay warm while looking fabulous at your next vow exchange. Whether you're headed to an elegant black tie evening or a more casual daytime wedding, a long-sleeve wedding guest dress can be worn for any dress code. Our editor-vetted picks will guarantee you'll be among the best-dressed guests at your next wedding.

In this article:

17 Best Long-Sleeve Wedding Guest Dresses For Every Style

When shopping for long-sleeve wedding guest dresses, it's important to consider both the season and the wedding dress code. Knowing these key components of the wedding will ensure you have dressed appropriately for both the wedding vibe and the weather constraints.

Best Lace: Saylor Toryn Dress

Purple lace long sleeve wedding guest dress
Photo: Saylor

This gorgeous cactus flower-colored lace mini is equal parts feminine and edgy. The puff sleeves are a subtle nod to '80s fashion — in the very best way! Pair it with a silver high heel like this one from Macy's for a wedding-ready style.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size range: XS - L | Material: Lace | Length: Mini | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $264

Most Red Carpet Inspired: Windsor Sammy Formal Lace Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid Dress

Black Formal Lace Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid Wedding Guest Dress
Photo: Windsor

Cue the paparazzi. This glamorous off-the-shoulder gown is sure to stun at your next black tie affair. Delicate lace adds a romantic allure to this timeless wedding guest dress.

Dress Code: Black tie

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Lace | Length: Floor-length | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $80

For a Casual Wedding: Rhode Ella Dress

Pink patterned casual long sleeve wedding guest dress
Photo: Rhode

This whimsical floral mini can be worn with sandals or boots for a casual wedding or dressed up with a pair of heels for a semi-formal dress code. It comes in 21 gorgeous prints and solids, so there's something for everyone.

Dress Code: Casual, Semi-Formal

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Cotton | Length: Mini | Colors: 21

Price at time of publication: $261

Most Glamorous: Lotus Threads Dorris Gown

Gold beaded long sleeve formal wedding guest dress
Photo: Lotus Threads

It doesn't get more glamorous than this breathtaking sequined gown from Lotus Threads. The New York-based brand hand beads all of their artisan gowns. Pair this one with a chic updo and some gold high heels for a wedding guest look that's sure to wow.

Dress Code: White Tie, Black Tie

Size range: 2 - 18 | Material: Sequin over illusion | Length: Floor-length | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: Price upon request

Best LBD: LoveShackFancy Sanaya Mini Dress

Black long sleeve wedding guest dress
Photo: LoveShackFancy

Give your LBD a fresh upgrade with this Victorian-era inspired mini. With a scalloped hem, intricate custom lace details, and custom eyelet embroidery, this black dress is anything but basic.

Dress Code: Semi Formal, Cocktail

Size range: XS - XXL | Material: Viscose | Length: Mini | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $425

Best Midi: Future Collective™ with Reese Blutstein Women's Long Sleeve Cut-Out Draped Midi Dress

Black Long Sleeve Cut-Out Draped Midi Wedding Guest Dress
Photo: Target

This sexy midi is sure to become a staple in your wedding guest dress arsenal. It features a daring cutout and a high leg slit perfect for showing off a statement high heel. The best part? It's under $35.

Dress Code: Cocktail, Formal

Size range: XXS - 4X | Material: Rayon | Length: Midi | Colors: 2

Price at time of publication: $34

Most Unique: LOBA Mencia Maxi Dress

Patterned open back long sleeve wedding guest maxi dress
Photo: Revolve

If Phoebe Buffay were attending a 2023 wedding, this would definitely be her top wedding guest dress pick! The bohemian-inspired print, high-low hem, and bell sleeves give this dress a whimsical flair. Throw on a pair of leather mules like this one from Revolve and you're ready to dance the night away.

Dress Code: Semi Formal, Cocktail

Size range: XXS - XL | Material: Polyester | Length: Midi | Colors: 2

Price at time of publication: $250

Best One Shoulder: Lulus Happy Hour Chic Satin Ruched One-Shoulder Mini Dress

One shoulder long sleeve wedding guest dress
Photo: Lulus

A glam one-shoulder dress is always a great choice and this satin mini is no exception. It comes in three colors and features figure-flattering ruching along the body.

Dress Code: Semi Formal, Cocktail

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Satin | Length: Mini | Colors: 3

Price at time of publication: $69

Best Closet Staple: Dress the Population Sonia Long Sleeve Dress

Green long sleeve midi wedding guest dress
Photo: Nordstrom

A basic midi dress is a closet staple for wedding season. This sleek long-sleeve version can be dressed up or down to fit a wide range of wedding dress codes. Switch up your accessories for each wedding for endless styling options.

Dress Code: Semi Formal, Cocktail

Size range: XXS - XXL | Material: Polyester | Length: Midi | Colors: 3

Price at time of publication: $148

Best Boho: Free People Seraphina Maxi Dress

Blue boho long sleeve maxi wedding guest dress
Photo: Free People

Channel your inner Stevie Nicks with this ethereal, boho maxi dress. It features a ruffle-adorned V-neckline and lattice detail at the center as well as silver metallic threading throughout.

Dress Code: Formal, Black Tie

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Viscose | Length: Maxi | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $350

Best Mini: ASTR The Label Anamaria Cutout Long Sleeve Mini Dress

Black cutout long sleeve mini wedding guest dress
Photo: ASTR The Label

Flirty cutouts steal the show on this dreamy satin mini dress. A twist front bust and puff sleeves add dimension to this sweet long-sleeve dress.

Dress Code: Semi Formal, Cocktail

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Satin | Length: Mini | Colors: 4

Price at time of publication: $148

For the Timeless Fashionista: Lulus Wait For Me Black Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

Black Long Sleeve Maxi Wedding Guest Dress
Photo: Lulus

A chic black gown never goes out of style. This one from Lulus features a sultry backless silhouette, perfect for pairing with a trendy back necklace.

Dress Code: Formal, Black Tie, White Tie

Size range: XS - 3X | Material: Polyester | Length: Maxi | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $69

For the Charlotte York Wannabe: Saloni Camille Bow Tweed Minidress

Pink Bow Tweed Long Sleeve Wedding Guest Minidress
Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

This tweed bow-adorned mini dress is reminiscent of our favorite Park Avenue princess. Pair it with some baby pink pumps for a monochromatic wedding guest look.

Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi Formal

Size range: 0 - 14 | Material: Tweed | Length: Mini | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $725

For the Rockstar Wedding Guest: Jen's Pirate Booty Odyssey Mini Dress

Blue sheer long sleeve min wedding guest dress
Photo: Free People

This edgy beaded mini dress is sure to turn heads at your next wedding. If you've been drooling over the costumes in Daisy Jones and the Six (same), this one's for you.

Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi Formal

Size range: XS - L | Material: Cotton | Length: Mini | Colors: 5

Price at time of publication: $407

Most On-Trend Color: ASOS DESIGN Cold Shoulder Long Sleeve Tie Front Bias Maxi Dress

Khaki cold shoulder long sleeve tie front maxi wedding guest dress
Photo: ASOS

Sage green has been dominating the fashion scene in 2023 and it's not going anywhere anytime soon. This cold shoulder maxi is a trendy pick for a long-sleeve wedding guest dress.

Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi Formal

Size range: 0 - 14 | Material: Chiffon | Length: Maxi | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $32

Best Sequins: H&M Sequined Wrap Dress

Black wrap long sleeve sequin mini wedding dress
Photo: H&M

If you're attending a swanky New Year's Eve wedding this season, sequins are a no-brainer! This shimmering wrap dress from H&M is a sophisticated, yet festive, pick.

Dress Code: Cocktail

Size range: XS - 4XL | Material: Sequin | Length: Mini | Colors: 2

Price at time of publication: $68

Most Comfortable: Cleobella Chantal Mesh Midi Dress

Black mesh long sleeve wedding guest midi dress
Photo: Cleobella

This mesh form-fitting midi is just as comfortable as it is stylish! Plus, the elastic front allows you to adjust the length and shape to create a custom fit that you feel best in. Dress it up or down for a variety of dress codes.

Dress Code: Cocktail, Semi-Formal, Formal

Size range: XS-XL | Material: Mesh | Length: Midi | Colors: 1

Price at time of publication: $209

Long-Sleeve Wedding Guest Dress Shopping Tips From an Expert

When shopping for a long-sleeve wedding guest dress, there are a few key points to keep in mind to make the shopping process as seamless as possible. We chatted with Catherine Seaton, VP of Marketing at Windsor, for her expert tips on selecting a long-sleeve wedding guest dress.

1. Consider the Venue

It's always nice to keep the venue of the wedding in mind so you can dress appropriately. "If you are having your wedding at a beach or winery, consider a dress with romantic long bell sleeves," Seaton shares. Leaning into the aesthetic of the venue is always a good idea — and will make for some amazing Instagram pictures!

2. Dress for the Season

While most people associate long-sleeve dresses with fall or winter weddings, you can rock a long-sleeve dress any time of year, given the correct fabric and silhouette. Flowy, lightweight sleeves are a great option for the warmer months, while heavier fabrics like jacquard and velvet work best for fall and winter.

3. Wear a Jacket

If you want to wear a long-sleeve wedding guest dress, but haven't found one you love, you might want to consider wearing a jacket or bolero that you can take on and off throughout the night. Seaton suggests "If you want long sleeves for the ceremony but not the reception, consider a bolero jacket that you can easily remove for a night of dancing."

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