Long-sleeved bridesmaid dress options

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

litebrite249 :  I went with purple ombré. Not long sleeves though. I have an ivory shall for all of them as well that I bought for them. It was not the easiest but I think it’s going to be very successful. Dresses range from $34-159 depending on how much the Bridesmaid or Best Man felt comfortable spending. I ended up finding all of the dresses but gave them the options on which ones to buy. Wedding isn’t for 7 months but here’s a picture of the final dress choices. 

Two are David’s Bridal, the other four are from LuLu’s. 

Post # 4
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Newbee

I got married in November and my BMs wore sleeveless dresses.  I found inexpensive pashminas online and they used them a little but it wasn’t strictly necessary (it was around 50 degrees).  I think it would be very difficult for you to find Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses with sleeves.

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I think sleeveless dresses would look fine – and could you get them all pashminas in ivory or another coordinating color pretty cheaply – so they’d be warmer, if it’s cold out!

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Remember to look at prom dress sites. They have filters for length, color, sleeve length etc.

Will the wedding be outdoors? Consider that if it is cool, it is easy to add a wrap. If it is hot, not so easy to take off long sleeves.

 

Post # 8
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Newbee

I think you should buy them boleros.

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

litebrite249 :  I’m not a fan of pashmina type wraps myself. I think they look dowdy. If I were to choose a cover up, I would go with a jacket or cardigan style.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I don’t have advice on the dresses with sleeves (all I could think of was unique vintage?), but I did want to add that I have been a Bridesmaid or Best Man in freezing cold in a halter dress and we had our own jackets that we slipped on between photos. The other Bridesmaid or Best Man and I even chose dresses that we could wear leggings under if it was freezing! I definitely would have appreciated sleeves, but you are honestly so busy doing Bridesmaid or Best Man stuff, that it will be ok if you need to get them sleeveless dresses. Love the idea of a bolero/ shawl, but I’m not the one wearing one!

Good luck OP, I’m sure your girls appreciate the thought you are putting in to this 🙂

Post # 12
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Worker bee

So I also got married in October and had the same weather dilemma (as well as having two BMs that get cold easily). I let gave my girls and color and let them pick their own dresses–I suggested trying to find something with either long sleeves and/or a long dress so that they wouldn’t freeze. Three out of the four found awesome long sleeve dresses; the fourth (my Maid/Matron of Honor whom I love dearly and knew that I’d be lucky if she was even in a dress, never mind the color) waited until the last possible second and thus was sleeveless. Two of the four ended up wearing tights/leggings which was completely fine by me. I also got them really nice lambswool shawls as a bridesmaids gift–they were truly awesome shawls that I knew they’d all get use out of beyond the wedding but also doubled as a “in case you get cold and didn’t pack anything warm, here’s something that will look great with the color of your dress”

 

i think being upfront with your girls about the potential weather and letting them plan accordingly is more than enough honestly. Maybe consider suggesting long dresses so that tights underneath aren’t really an issue? My girls were all in burgundy, and my dress was blush, so there was a lot of potential for serious color clashing (think purple-red burgundy vs pink-red burgundy) but I sent them a few examples and they all ended up in virtually the same color even though one dress was from Old Navy, one a random foreign seller on Amazon, one BCBG, and one a TJ Maxx find. Letting them pick also made me feel less bad if they were cold because at that point, they dressed themselves :p

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

If you’d like your BMs in different gowns but with the same color while addressing the possible lower temperatures, you could always suggest an alternative for each Bridesmaid or Best Man, and give them the same coverup in case the weather gets cooler. Just an idea:

From David’s Bridal:

Either one of these, from wearall.com, at $23.25 (low stocks currently):

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016 - Presidio Log Cabin

I just looked on the Nordstrom and Macy’s websites and there’s a decent number of long-sleeved purple options there too if you’re open to that (though some lean a bit more towards burgundy I suppose)! I always like ordering from those stores because returns are so easy.

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