I generally prefer sleeveless or short-sleeve dresses because they’re more practical for the weather in Texas, and I like the ability to layer with abandon; which is more difficult with sleeves. And I’ve also fallen for the stylist’s mantra that you should balance out proportions a bit: when you’re wearing a long dress, show some arm, and when you’re covered up on top, show some leg.
But lately I’m thinking that’s a bunch of hooey, because I LOVE the looks below (especially the James Perse one) where everything is covered up. Maybe a long/maxi turtleneck dress isn’t the most flattering, but the dresses I chose below all show some skin: ankle, leg, a little cleavage…enough not to border on sister-wife territory. And I am LOVING all the long-sleeve dresses now, maybe I won’t be able to wear them all year in Texas, but maybe that shouldn’t be a very big deal…
Etoile Isabel Marant Drecious printed georgette maxi dress | $580 at Net-a-Porter
James Perse long sleeve split dress | $265 at James Perse
Zara long dress | $59 at Zara
Enza Costa long sleeved cuffed dress | $242 at Shopbop
Rag & Bone Nola dress | $325 at Rag & Bone
Raquel Allegra long sleeve caftan | $297 at Shopbop
What do you think about long-sleeve dresses? Do you wear them? or do you prefer sleeveless or short-sleeve?
There are SOOOOO many more long-sleeve dresses (lots of Raquel Allegra!) -> onward
Sarge in Charge says
I have that same Enzo Costa one saved in my ShopBop “hearts”. I heart it, indeed.
I am all for the long sleeve dress and have a great T by Alexander Wang one with it a neat twist at the waist that gives it some shape. I find it really versatile- I wear it with a blazer for work and then with big jewelry and a lotta eye makeup if I go out (very witchy/Stevie Nicks, ha!).
Grechen Reiter says
me too 🙂 of course ANYTHING with thumbholes goes on a wish list immediately. i don’t even care what else it has going for it. thumbholes kill me everytime…
this – also in my cart, even though I don’t like dolman sleeves on me: http://www.shopbop.com/dolman-tee-skin/vp/v=1/1595043724.htm?fm=search-viewall-shopbysize – thumbholes!!!
i remember that t by alexander wang dress, wish i had gotten it!
Oh man, you’ve got a LOT of not just good ones, but GREAT ones up there! I love the Raquel Allegra and had pinned it already because it’s SOOOO good! I love the Enzo Costa, too, but find his fabrics are usually thinner and I need a little more hold. I really love the gray Lanston with the belt, too. I think it would be flattering.
Grechen Reiter says
the raquel allegras kill me.. i love all of them, but why do they have to be so expensive?? i’ve even been stalking some of her pieces on ebay, but they’re STILL expensive. i might have to just bite the bullet and just get that dress already. and i do love the enzo costa, but the fabric might be an issue – it’s good to know. maybe when it goes on MAJOR sale 🙂
of course the lanston would be perfect…
I do the same thing, watching on ebay, but you’re totally right! They are STILL very expensive (especially if they’re used…geezums!) I also love Raben Saloner’s dresses (very similar to Raquel Allegra) but they’re just as pricey and hard to find. I have a shop near me that sells them, so I’m watching to see if anything goes on clearance. It’s that nice oversized silhouette that we love!
farha bano says
I’m looking for more 3/4 sleeve dresses that can go from work to weekend. I can’t do long sleeves and long length…too much fabric on my 5 3 frame.
BTW, my favorite dress from last year was the James Perse sweatshirt dress.http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/james-perse-raglan-sleeve-sweatshirt-dress/3544078?origin=shoppingbag
And now I’m trying to find the Lacoste sweatshirt dress…let me know if you have any tips in tracking it down. http://shop.lacoste.com/Sleeve-Sweatshirt-Dress-With-Leather/dp/B006WNULLM#.UjG8xz-wD_c
Oh, and more fall dresses under the $250 price point please 🙂