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The return of the long sleeved dress

The beginning of February means we are starting to look forward to Spring and some Springtime dressing. The months of thick jumpers and boots may finally be coming to an end, and we will be able to embrace the new season fashion. But, at the moment, it is still very cold, and so a great transitional piece is the long sleeved dress, so thank goodness that the fashion magazines and shops are currently full of them.

Long sleeved dresses offer so much, both in terms of style and practicality. This week’s Grazia magazine has a three page spread about LSDs, and how simple they are to wear, either with heels for a glam look, or layered over a polo neck and suede knee high boots for a 1970s layered look. Long sleeves offer so much for those who hate their arms, or those who work in cold, air conditioned offices. They can be dressed up with a blazer for work, dressed down with a denim jacket for the weekend, or toughened up with a leather biker jacket. They also look great with a long scarf and beenie hat so you can wear them for the whole of February, before reducing the layers come Spring.

JD Williams has heard the call beautiful, long sleeved dresses and has responded with a host of styles. These range from bodycon to tunic style and stretch day dresses to shirt dress styles. I was asked to choose a dress for review and opted for a folkloric style that I could imagine my girl crushes Emilia Fox and Laura Bailey wearing.

Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams
Black/Ivory Print Lace Trim Dress £35 Click to visit JD Williams

This dress is absolutely beautiful and so easy to wear. It contains stretch so you can pull it on over your head, and is the sort of fabric that doesn’t need ironing. The long sleeves are beautiful with a fluted cuff, and the print is so pretty, delicate flowers with faint touches of red and green. The dress is actually double layered with a tiered effect that is very unusual, and gives the dress a slight retro feel.




It was too cold to wear the dress like the model, although I am looking forward to pairing this with heels as it warms up, so I add an ankle boot and opaque tights. I also added bright, clashing accessories, my Mulberry bag and a chunky necklace that I love.

I can see me getting lots of wear from this dress, it is such a no brainer, and I love that it is a dress that would be perfect for a weekend away, it really could be scrunched up and put into a case without needing to pack an iron too. The midi length and empire seam make it flattering and demure, an all around pretty look.



You can find all the current range of dresses from JD Williams here.

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