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Looking cool, being cool, with sleeves

That, ladies, is the conundrum, the paradox, how to look cool and keep cool with sleeves.

Why a paradox? Well, because we all like a ‘wow’ and on-trend frock, but wanting those with sleeves has been a tough ask…

But not this summer.

Because this summer, when it comes to truly gorgeous and ‘cool’ (in all senses) dresses with sleeves, we truly think M&S has nailed it with their superlative dress collection. In the past, there has been criticism of M&S for a dearth of sleeves but not at M&S in summer 2017.  In these show-stoppers, we can all look cool and keep cool even when it’s scorching outside! This summer M&S is offering gorgeous dresses with sleeves for every part of our lives – for daytime, work, weekends, holidays and occasions. And mostly, they are so versatile one dress can work across lots of areas.

The problem is, there are so many, we had a tough time selecting just a few, but here is our top 10 M&S dresses with sleeves…


We love this navy midi-length tunic dress which could be easily dressed up for an Occasion with heels and a statement necklace, or dressed down with flat sandals for daytime or work.

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This knee-length dress, in light navy, is also a real wardrobe work-horse. With its fluted sleeves, it, too, could be easily dressed up with strappy sandals and jewels or dressed down with flats and an oversized tote.

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Another stunning dress where the sleeves are a super elegant statement feature. It is easily dressed up for an Occasion with heels and maybe a stunning necklace. In this pretty print, it also works well for holiday wear – just add pretty sandals for a dinner-under-the-stars look.

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For a special occasion, it would be hard to find a more elegant, more chic dress than this short-sleeve pencil dress in black-and-white lace. We would team it with suede courts for a special occasion and then switch to flat sandals for evening resort-wears.

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Another ‘wow’ frock that can be paired with heels and statement earrings for Occasions or resort-wear. But it could also be good for daytime or work, too. Just add flat sandals and an oversize bag.

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For occasion wear, here is another superbly elegant frock where you don’t have to think about a jacket or a pashmina. Just add a darling little cross-body bag and pumps for party perfection…

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Yet another pretty frock for party or occasion wear . This one has a slight ‘skater’ skirt for a different silhouette. Again we don’t have to give a thought to a cover-up and, again, we can just add a cross-body bag and pumps to be party-ready…

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This animal-print dress is yet another brilliantly versatile summer must-have . Dress it up with… well, you know how… or dress it down with flats and an oversized bag and make it your new everyday favourite frock.

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This is the definitive dress with sleeves that’s also kind of sleeveless, or, at least shows a lot of shoulder. Jan has already ordered one. Team with bold jewellery and glam sandals for partying and for resort wear, and with chunky sandals and an oversized bag for summer in the city.

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Here is the summer dress designed with Cyndy in mind. In very pale cream, this V-neck dress could be worn for an all-white daytime look with an oversize bag and white trainers. Or it could be easily glammed up with heeled sandals, a cross-body bag and statement jewellery.

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Do you love dresses with sleeves? Which is your fave from our choices above?


So what do you think?

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