Long-Sleeved Dresses for Date Night
Fact: Long-sleeved dresses look chic all year ‘round. Aside from the obvious warmth benefits, extended sleeves add polish and a sense of certainty that is so attractive in a woman. Not to mention, they’re a bit unexpected in the world of dress events, as so many styles are designed to be sleeveless. A little surprise factor is always fun! An added perk is that they can hide any bits of your arm you’re less than confident in – it’s such a tricky area to tone and we cherish a strategic cover-up on occasion. Here we’ve selected some our favorite long-sleeved styles that you can wear on a night out with that special someone. We’ll add in some quick styling tips while we’re at it! Enjoy!
Drop dead gorgeous, this dreamy two-piece sparkles with a beaded bodice. The three-quarter sleeves lends sophistication while the bare midriff keeps things fun and flirty. Universally flattering, the full A-line high-waisted skirt will have you feeling like a princess on date night – which should directly lead to your plus one treating you like a queen.
We especially love the pocket detail. There’s something so wonderful about an unexpected slit pocket. They come in quite handy on cool nights, not to mention the versatility they bring to Instagram posing sessions.
Quick Tips: Enhance the youthful aspect with large hoop earrings, an extra glossy lip, and loose polished waves. A satin ballet slipper gives a delicate, feminine finish and makes it easy to frolic about. (Something we value highly in our date night dresses.)
Mama mia. At first glance, this style’s long sleeves and full-length silhouette make it seem a demure choice for date night, but a second look reveals the slit-up-to-there skirt. This sexy leg expose is aided and abetted in its femme fatale ways by an off-the-shoulder bodice. Its elegant neckline frames the collarbone to perfection. As if that weren’t enough to put you in the style spotlight, this dress features a wide metallic waistline that will catch the light – and every eye in the room while it’s at it.
Quick Tips: Carry the va-va-voom into statement accessories. Lots of sparkle and plenty of shine – especially in the earrings to draw attention to your bare shoulders. If you have short hair, put a bit of wave in it; for long hair, gather it at your nape in a pretty chignon or smooth pony. When picking a shoe, look for a skinny stiletto. The leggier the better in this design.
Do half-sheer sleeves still count as full long sleeves? We think so. Especially when that sheer paneling continues in the back and neckline, giving the dress a sultry look from literally every angle you can imagine. The seamed silhouette flatters curves, hugging the hips, dipping into a low V at the chest, and gathering at the back to give the posterior a very becoming lift.
You’ll look like you spent the holidays doing squats and lunges without ever having to have stepped foot in a gym. For a final flourish, the skirt hits the floor in a mini train – just enough to make a memorably impression while still allowing for easy movement.
Quick Tips: Echo the midnight hue of the dress in a navy blue-based smoky eye. You can keep lips in a natural deep pink or opt for a more vixenish oxblood color. Hair can be worn down or pulled up in thick, slightly messy braids to contrast the sultry feel of the dress. Select a pair of vertiginous heels to keep the mini train lifted a touch, just in case the night carries into a dancing affair.
We’re sure your date already knows what a special little snowflake you are, but a little reminder never hurt anyone. Enter this beautiful white lace cocktail dress. The dress is fully lined, except in the long sleeves, which makes for a sexy peekaboo effect.
Allover crystal embellishments will twinkle in the moonlight, should dinner and drinks segue into a stargazing session. A sculpted deep-V neckline and thigh-grazing hemline show plenty of skin, combatting the sleeves’ attempts at propriety.
Princess seaming gives the fitted design a tailored finish.
Vintage starburst earrings will amplify the snowflake effect, as will a shimmering polish on your nails. Go sans necklace to let your showcased décolletage do all the talking. Hair should be classically beautiful, but with plenty of volume. Almond toe or open-toe, look for a pair of shoes with a low vamp. Toe cleavage is still a major trend in night-out footwear.
Everything’s coming up roses! This vivacious two-piece is ready to paint the town red. Cropped to bare a cute sliver of midriff, the seamed bodice features off-the-shoulder sleeves, leaving the shoulders free to shimmy and shake. Gorgeous roses detail the high-waisted skirt. Its full, A-line silhouette looks amazing when it twirls, arcing into a full circle to maximize the feminine effect. It drapes slightly longer in the back making the vintage shape modern.
Quick Tips: Put your dancing shoes on! This dress duo is ready to tango, so we recommend a slim stacked heel with plenty of height. An ankle strap detail adds a sweet aesthetic while also offering more support. Take the featured flower to a slightly more literal level by keeping your jewelry in the rose gold world. Feel free to delve into the colorful gemstone section of your accessory stacks.