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6 of the best dresses with sleeves for special occasions

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“Where can I find a dress with sleeves to wear to a wedding?”  is a question I am frequently asked. I know in the past I have featured one dress at a time, but I have had a lot of requests to group my dresses together by occasion, so I am starting a ‘Six of the best’ series. I’m starting with special occasions – all six of these would be ideal for weddings, christenings or a day at the races.

I think all six dresses would bring a touch of elegance to any occasion – and would definitely make sure that you are stylish over 50!

These particular dresses are all available from John Lewis.

I’ve enjoyed choosing them- I hope you enjoy my ‘new’ dresses with sleeves series 🙂

1. LK Bennett pale quartz dress with sleeves Price: £295

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Understated yet elegant.

2. Coast Vivianna purple lace dress with sleeves Price: £160

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Love the shape of the sleeves on this one.

3. Adrianna Papell shimmer dress with sleeves Price: £150

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Shimmer in style!

4. Alexon lace top dress with sleeves Price: £120

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Sleeves don’t have to be long. Wear with confidence.

5. Phase Eight navy tapework dress with sleeves Price £175

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Sophisticated and stylish

6. Damsel in a Dress vanilla drop dress Price £120

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Lovely detail in the mid-section of the dress to give a flattering silhouette

Do you have a favourite?



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Madeline

    March 11, 2013

    Loved the suggestions, having just been shopping and found nothing these have given me hope!

    How about “summer tops with sleeves and shape” as the next group of 6?

    Thanks and all the best M

    • Ceri Wheeldon

      March 11, 2013

      Hi Madeline, glad you liked my selection. I will see what tops I can find to share. Thanks for the suggestion. Ceri 🙂

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