By Charlie Bell
Feel body confident and get you winter styled sussed with the best slimming dresses with sleeves.
We could all do with a little boost right now, and investing in a flattering frock is a good place to start.
Dresses with sleeves are a go-to when it comes to winter dressing. If you’re not quite ready to flash the flesh yet (hello post-Christmas bloat!) then they offer the extra coverage whilst keeping us toasty too.
And there are plenty of stylish picks out there, from retro prints that really make a statement to denim staples you’ll wear time and time again, you’re bound to find one that catches your eye. And if you’re looking for extra warmth, whilst still keeping your look polished then why not try a knitted style? Winter chic nailed!
When it comes to giving yourself an extra boost of confidence, look for universally flattering styles such as a classic wrap dress or a sleek shirt design. These wardrobe staples flatter in all the right places and can be styled a multitude of ways to suit any occasion, which at the moment is pretty limited! But that doesn’t stop us wanting to look our best when we’re working from home or on our walk of the day does it?
So if you’re looking for a dress refresh, take a look at our edit of the best slimming dresses with sleeves as selected by our fashion experts.
The best slimming dresses with sleeves to shop now
Sosandar Zip Front Collarless Denim Dress Indigo
£69, John Lewis
Smarten up your denim with this sleek style. The stitch detailing around the middle helps pull you in at the waist whilst the three quarter-length sleeves offer a flattering finish on the arms. Zip to the top for extra coverage or layer over a slim polo neck for added warmth.
Whistles Brushmark Animal Print Dress
You can’t beat leopard print when it comes to timeless style and this classic will see you through the seasons. The tie waist will cinch you in at the middle and the floaty skirt will skim straight over hips for a flowy and feminine look.
Hush Amabel Floral Midi Dress
These mood-boosting florals are guaranteed to lift your look on any grey day. Fitted around the bust and waist it hugs in all the right places. Team with chunky boots and a leather jacket during the winter and swap for sandals when summer hits.
M&S Collection Leaf Print Midi Shirt Dress
Chic and versatile, a shirt dress is a wardrobe winner and can easily be dressed up with heels or down with trainers. The ditsy print and midi length works perfectly for spring. The skirt hangs elegantly for a relaxed fit that flatters.
Hobbs Gigi Knitted Dress
If you’re looking to keep the focus firmly on your top half then this fit and flare style is a winner. The punchy stripes add a pop of colour and the fit and flare style will flatter your figure perfectly. Team with tights and boots for the ultimate winter getup.
Mango Flowy printed dress
This throw-on frock is perfect for those days when you want to avoid anything hugging the waist. With its floaty style, retro print and romantic ruffles, it’s guaranteed to make a statement for all the right reasons. Finish off with a pair of heeled boots.
Boden Gemma Jersey Dress
A wrap dress is universally flattering and this cleverly striped number will slim and lengthen legs in one stylish swoop. The jersey fabric is ideal for daytime dressing. Pair with box fresh trainers for a sporty twist.
& Other Stories Relaxed Belted Mini Dress
£55, & Other Stories
A knitted dress will keep you chic and cosy during the colder months and this cute style will make a strong addition to your collection. The built-in belt will pull you in at the middle for a sleek silhouette.
Phase Eight Iris Pleat Dress
£99, Phase Eight
Sheer fabrics are perfect if you’re looking for coverage but still want to flash a little flesh. The pleated skirt on this beauty is flattering on the pins too. Add a belt for extra definition on the waist and finish off with metallic heels for your evening getup.
Next Maxi Wrap Dress
A wrap style, maxi length and three-quarter length sleeves, this frock ticks all the right boxes. The classic check print will forever be in style too. Wear with biker boots in the winter and swap for chunky sandals in the summer. Get it or regret it!
Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor.
She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.
With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_
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