Long sleeve summer dresses

Long sleeve summer dresses

This week I set myself the task of searching for long sleeve summer dresses. This proved extremely challenging. I wish brands would realise that we are a growing demographic who are still interested in clothes and the way we dress. However we prefer certain design considerations such as long sleeves for dresses and tops.


The blue long sleeve dress is by  Winser London . How I styled it last year (check out post here). I am glad that it is still available this season. On the left I have styled the dress more formally with a cream straw fedora by M&S similar // Multi coloured ear studs // red handbag (seems to have sold out in red similar)  //  red shoes (seem to have sold out similar). On the right I have styled it more casually with a wide brimmed beach hat  // gold hoop earrings  // straw beach bag and white/gold sandals.

Long sleeve summer dresses

I personally don’t wear a lot of florals despite the fact that they are very on trend this season. However I have chosen the dress above as I feel that it is a softly muted design and will not look like you are wearing an herbaceous border. Don’t get me wrong I am not against prints they can look stunning on the right woman.


The blue dress is from East. On the left I have chosen more structured accessories. Blue hat // blue pearl earrings  // Blue bag  and block heel cream pumps. On the right more casual accessories  // Wide brimmed blue hat  // Blue drop earrings  // Blue pattern beach bag  // white sandals.

I do admit to wearing the odd sleeveless maxi sundress when I am in France and the temperature reaches 35c or above. However most of the time I prefer to cover my arms and my knees. Both not areas of my anatomy that I wish to emphasise. After many hours on the internet googling “long sleeve summer dresses” I did track down a selection (you can view them in my updated shop section here).




  1. Angela Williams
    12th May 2017 / 3:55 pm

    Right on. It would be fantastic if we didn’t have to choose from “cold shoulder,” and mini dresses that go all the way up to our arm pits. This is not office appropriate. Oh. Let’s not forget the spiked pencil heels that a lot of us can’t even walk in. Any suggestions for us? I would like more modesty for discolorations, and less than firm body parts. The heels_ I need wider and lower for support and ease of pain. (Arthritis, plus size, and still rocki’ it.

    • 12th May 2017 / 6:45 pm

      I so agree Laura. I find if I go too budget the fabrics are mostly polyester and not great quality or fit. I have found a few longer dresses at Mango this year. They seem to work for me. I am about 5’7.

    • 12th May 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Hi Angela
      I certainly can’t wear spiked or high heels or any shoe with a “wobble factor” I only wear and feature on my blog block heels or flats, occasionally a “kitten heel”. I find that Paul Green shoes are very comfortable however a bit pricey and there do not seem to be many stockists in London. I find fluid fabrics and soft drapes are kind on certain body parts. Also shawls and capes offer good coverage slung round the shoulders.

  2. Laura
    12th May 2017 / 3:57 pm

    Hi Josephine – I have had the same frustrating experience trying to find age appropriate dresses for a woman over 50. The market seems to be concentrating on the younger women with body conscience fit and thin fabrics. Being 5’8″ doesn’t help the situation. I prefer tea-length dresses, but everything seems to be extremely short or the fabric and prints are horrendous. When are designers going to remember that the older woman will spend more for fabric quality and craftsmanship? Wishing you well on future searches ….

  3. Margie
    12th May 2017 / 4:09 pm


    This blog shows all “things gorgeous!” I am a fan of blue because I, like you, have white hair and am of a “certain age” where sleeveless isn’t an option. Your choices are beautiful. I look forward to each of your blogs.

    • 12th May 2017 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Margie. Blue and white hair go so well together.

  4. Jane Nash
    12th May 2017 / 8:12 pm

    I love your blog! I am attending a wedding at Hereford Cathedral in August and love the blue patterned dress in your second style photos. Can you tell me where it’s from please? Or similar, thanks, Jane (aged 56!)

    • 13th May 2017 / 9:17 am

      Hello Jane

      Many apologies I forgot to put the link in for the dress. Thank you for pointing it out I have now added it. The blue dress is from East. if you want to click straight through here is the link blue dress

      best wishes


  5. Dee Camilleri
    12th May 2017 / 8:55 pm

    I totally agree that there should be more long sleeved choices in the shops. I really like the two dresses featured.

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