The perfect long sleeve midi dress for modest fashion

These versatile pieces are the perfect addition to your wardrobe going into the next season.

long sleeve midi dress

by Ellen Kinsey |
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Discovering the perfect long sleeve midi dress can feel like a dream come true for your transitional wardrobe. Midi dresses are great pieces for those seeking a balance between style and comfort when the weather is a little chillier, but you still want to wear a nice dress. We have rounded up our favourite dresses for mature women with beautiful prints and flattering silhouettes for any occasion, whether it be a casual day out or a formal evening event.

Long sleeve midi dresses are a testament to the timeless elegance of modest fashion - they are chic and flattering - not to mention they keep you at just the right temperature too. They offer ample coverage while still allowing you to flaunt your personal style. From flattering special occasion dresses for older ladies to daytime dresses, there are plenty of options to fit your wardrobe.

Best long sleeve midi dress at a glance:

Our favourite: Printed V-Neck Midi Tiered Dress – view on M&S
Best for evening wear: Silk Mix Feather Print Tie Neck Midi Dress – view on Wallis
Best for size inclusivity: Julipa Velvet Trim Midi Dress – view on JD Williams

So, whether you're looking for a dress to combat those unpredictable weather changes, a stylish outfit for your next event, or a more sustainable choice of clothing, long sleeve midi dresses are the way to go. We have listed the best petite dresses in this list for those looking for dresses that don't need hemming. As well as some of the best plus-sized dresses too.

With so many beautiful options available, here are our top picks. From bold prints to simple designs, from casual to formal, here are the best long sleeve midi dresses.

Best long sleeve midi dresses

Our favourite

Available in regular length as well as petite and long and a range of sizes, this Printed V-Neck Midi Tiered Dress is a popular choice on M&S. It has a feminine v-neckline, a floaty tiered skirt and sleeves that are gathered into slim cuffs for an airy feel. Choose between a classic black and white print or an autumnal-feeling orange one.

Sizes: 8-24, petite, regular and long

Best for evening wear

Silk Mix Feather Print Tie Neck Midi Dress
Price: £48 (was £95)

After something a little special to wear for a meal out with a loved one or drinks with friends over autumn winter? This Silk Mix Feather Print Tie Neck Midi Dress from Wallis has a luxe feel to it, thanks to the silk blend material it's made from. The tie around the next can be done up or left loose depending on what you feel most comfortable wearing.

Sizes: 8-22

Best for size inclusivity

Available in sizes 10 to 30, the Julipa Velvet Trim Midi Dress from JD Williams is a great size-inclusive option. It can be dressed up or dressed down to take you from day to night with ease. The colours of the floral print are perfect for this time of year and the velvet trim on the tiered skirt and shoulders just add to the overall style of this beautiful dress.

Sizes: 10-30

Best for versatility

The Mutlicoloured Ikat Print Midi Dress from Matalan can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion and the weather. Not too wet? Wear your trainers. A bit colder? Pop on your boots. Heading out for the evening? Don a pair of your favourite heels. Better still, this versatile dress is a bargain at just £15.

Sizes: 8-20

Best long sleeve midi jumper dress

Is there anything better than a jumper dress to keep you warm yet looking chic when you're out running errands in colder spells? Pair it with a scarf and boots during winter and then when it starts to get warmer, you can easily switch up the boots for trainers so it'll get plenty of wear between autumn and spring. Available in black, neutral and pink colourways.

Sizes: S-XL

Best patterned long sleeve midi dress

Be pretty in purple this autumn winter with the Julipa Mix Print Dress from JD Williams. This mixed print dress with its contrasting tiered skirt is sure to catch people's eyes as you wear it. It's made from a soft-feel viscose fabric which is sure to add some extra comfort to your everyday wardrobe.

Sizes: 10-30

Best for comfort

Be stylish and comfortable throughout the day wearing this Royal Blue Heart Print Ruched Detail Stretch Midi Dress. This figure-flattering design with ruched bust details will make you feel confident and beautiful, pair with comfy boots and a leather jacket to complete a daytime look that is oh-so-chic.

Sizes: 10-20

Best jersey long sleeve midi dress

Be comfy every day while still maintaining your style with the Jersey Printed Belted Midi Tea Dress from M&S. Made from a stretchy jersey fabric, it's cut to a regular fit but with a self-tie belt around the waist to accentuate your natural silhouette. However you style it, this midi tea dress is sure to be a staple in your wardrobe.

Sizes: 6-24

Best wrap long sleeve midi dress

70s-inspired clothes are making a comeback this season and this Principles Orange Abstract Mesh Wrap Midi Dress pays a subtle homage to the trend with its sepia-toned geometric pattern. The wrap cut and neckline are super flattering. You can wear this dress for both work and play during these transitional months.

Sizes: 10-20

Best spot print long sleeve midi dress

We're just dotty about this Spot Print Imogen Midi Dress from Nobody's Child. This delicate midi dress has a curved waist seam that is designed to flatter with an A-line skirt that skims the body. The perfect colour for autumn, this ivy green dress has beautiful balloon sleeves with a low scoop back with buttons for extra detail.

Sizes: 4-18

FAQs: Long sleeve midi dresses

What shoes should I wear with a long sleeve midi dress?

The type of shoes you wear with a long sleeve midi can depend on the occasion and the season. Flat sandals, loafers, or trainers work well for a casual daytime look. For a more formal or evening look, heeled sandals, pumps, or boots are a great choice. In colder weather, knee-high or ankle boots can be both stylish and practical. Here is our guide to what shoes to wear with a midi dress.

Can I wear a long sleeve midi dress to a formal event?

Yes, a long sleeve midi can be an excellent choice for a formal event. Opt for a dress in a luxurious fabric like silk or satin, and pair it with elegant accessories and heels. The long sleeves add a touch of sophistication, while the midi length is both stylish and appropriate for a formal setting.

Ellen Kinsey is a senior health and wellness product writer for Yours, specialising in natural health and beauty. She lives and breathes all things food, travel and wellness.

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