Investing in a Long Sleeve Dress this Year

The white long sleeve dress has made a return to stores recently with the arrival of autumn’s crisp air. Just as versatile in spring, its light colour and longer coverage strikes the perfect balance for trans-seasonal dressing. Typically airy in their construction, a long sleeve dress is perfect for layering up when the weather turns cold. As a traveller, pieces like this are essential when moving through multiple climates. Whether you’re preparing for winter ahead or about to step into summer, here are some simples ways you can style a long sleeve dress all year round…



    • Summer: the simplest of them all. Sandals and a leather satchel are all you’ll need for the beach to the bar. Look for linen fabric or a larger cut to let the air flow through.


    • Autumn/Fall: prepare for cool nights with ankle boots and a leather jacket. For a softer look, throw a fuzzy sweater over the top and belt at the waist. Statement sleeves also allow you to show of classic accessories like a timepiece.


    • Winter: for extra warmth pair with knee-high boots and an oversized coat. A fedora and scarf are always on hand if it’s extra chilly. To avoid crushing the sleeves look for a cape style coat where your arms can peek through.


    • Spring: the arrival of pastel mules and pretty heels will accentuate this dress’ feminine details. For cooler nights, layer a fluid trench or vest which will add movement to your look.




I picked up the Rousseau Dress by Magali Pascal on my last visit to her Paddington boutique. I love the frill detail in the 3/4 sleeves and waistline. It makes a natural point for belting a jumper over the top and keeping a feminine shape. Being beautifully warm in Sydney at the moment I only needed some ankle boots for covering up my toes. Then it was time to explore…

White long sleeve dress editorial for Fall. Sleeve details of the Rousseau Dress.Shop black cross-body bags.

Magali Pascal long sleeve dress in Paddington. White long sleeve dress for Fall. Statement earrings from Amber Sceats.

Long sleeve dress fashion editorial in Sydney. Wearing Spurr ankle boots.

long sleeve dress Magali Pascal


What do you think of wearing a dress in winter? I love all of the intricate styles that come out. From detailed sleeves to dark florals and asymmetrical layers. This season I plan to experiment more with layering so that I’ll have more options amongst my wardrobe classics. I’m going to try my woolen longline vest with this dress next.

Happy Shopping,

Jess sign off

All images by Justin Rule.

Jessica Rule

Jessica Rule

Jess is a travel photographer who draws on her background in styling to curate the most stylish escapes. She works alongside her husband Justin to produce travel videos for brands and destinations.