Maxi dresses look fabulous when you’re on vacation, or attending an informal wedding. But finding a casual maxi dress with sleeves is a real challenge.
So today, I’ve rounded up a beautiful selection of the latest styles of long-sleeved casual maxi dresses, along with some tips on how to style them.
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How to Style a Casual Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
Dr. D and I are planning an early summer trip to Spain, and my mind is already thinking about what to bring. This long sleeve boho maxi dress with the wrap tie waist would be perfect for a land vacation or a cruise!
It’s soft, light, and flowy – dressy enough for a romantic dinner out and casual enough to wear with comfy, flat sandals.
I like the idea of playing up the feminine floral print with pretty pink accessories like these beautiful crystal drop earrings. You could even add a pink-trimmed straw hat if you plan a beach getaway.
Easter, or a spring or summer wedding, would also be another great time to wear a dress like this.
Long Sleeve Summer Maxi Dress
This pretty orange dot dress is one of the many long sleeve maxi dresses you’ll find at Amazon. It’s slighlty shorter than most maxis, and it’s is made of cotton/rayon, so it’s not quite as light and airy as the first dress I showed you.
This tiered style is very popular right now, so if you like this dress, pick one up. It’s a nice change from your classic short sundress and it comes in a wide range of colors.
Long Sleeve Maxi Shirt Dress
Maxi shirt dresses are one of my favorite Maxis styles. The relaxed, menswear-inspired silhouette gives them a more sophisticated, chic look than something frilly or tiered. I like the bold chevron print because it makes this maxi feel artsy!
This long-sleeved maxi dress looks best styled with the collar popped a touch to frame the face and a few buttons undone at the bottom to reveal a flash of leg.
You can tie the self-belt at the front or side, but I’d roll up the sleeves a touch so they are more 3/4 if you want more of a modern, youthful look.
Long Sleeve Maxi Wrap Dress
A wrap dress does wonders to create a flattering hourglass shape, which is why I love this glamorous, long-sleeved maxi dress.
This one has pretty peasant sleeves that are loose and feminine, but give you great coverage. The open-wrap front adds a little sex appeal! When you are too covered up showing not skin at all, it can make you look frumpy.
Semi-Formal Long Sleeve Maxi Dress
If you have a summer wedding and want a semi-formal long sleeve maxi dress, this is a beauty. An off-the-shoulder maxi is romantic and alluring, but the long feminine peasant sleeves keep your arms cleverly covered.
This would also make a great vacation dress if you went somewhere tropical. Imagine wearing this flowy, floral dress with bright, bold brushstrokes to dinner under the stars. It’s magical.
Funny enough, I dug into my archives and found this pretty pink dress with a similar look and vibe.
Carefree prints like this make long-sleeved midi and maxi dresses more casuasl and playful. Chico’s has lots of midi/maxi dresses like this, all with a modern Boho vibe.
Long Sleeve Tunic Maxi Dress
Tunic Maxi dresses, which are long sleeve maxi dresses with slits, are usually considered to be resort wear and are popular for lounging or travel.
Most have reasonable necklines, but if you do find one you love that dips too low, you can always wear a stretchy camisole underneath to hide any cleavage. Feel free to push up the sleeves and add bangles for a more relaxed look.
Tunic-style summer maxi dresses are known for their bright, wild prints. Lily Pulitzer designs a lot of them to be worn for vacation time, a cruise, or by the pool at home.
This one has a bonus. The fabric has 50+ sun protection built-in!
These are just a few styles casual long sleeve maxi dresses in stores right now. I have included a few more below for you.
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If it’s just your upper arms you want to cover (instead of your whole arm), try:
- Three-quarter-length sleeves: more youthful and sporty than a full-length sleeve
- Flutter sleeves: will camouflage your upper arms and lighten the look of a maxi dress.
- Kimono Style sleeves are trending.
Happy with your arms but wish to cover your legs in summer? You can get some style ideas here.