Insomniac Sale Picks: Sleeved Multicolored Dresses

*In this late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Krysta requested a few picks for sleeved multicolored dresses so here we go:


JB by Julie Brown blue magnolia print 3/4-sleeve wrap dress
– was $208, now $125

If you’re looking for sleeves, wrap dresses are typically a good bet. There are a few sleeveless versions, but most designs include 3/4 sleeves or longer. This frock is machine washable, features an a-line skirt, and has a skirt that measures 28″ from natural waist. (Actually, I love this print by the same designer, but that dress is so short!) Available in sizes XS – L in this floral, a navy chain print, a purple floral, and a black and white abstract.

ECI Short Sleeve Printed Satin Dress – was $69, now $59.99
PLUS take an extra 15% off with code MOM

I do love a good abstract print. This dress features a gathered waist that’s just begging for a fun, colorful belt. The hem hits above the knee, but that nice high neckline and the dolman sleeves provide some balancing modesty. Dress it down with boots and a denim jacket, or up with some flirty heels. Available in sizes 4 – 14.

Tahari by ASL Jayden Jayde Dress – was $118, now $41.99

Friends, I tried for HOURS to find a sleeved dress that was not a wrap style. I failed you. Hopefully the fact that this one is such a bargain, features a gorgeous print, and isn’t scandalously short will make up for my flub. Also love that this print includes black, which means it will pair beautifully with black jewelry, shoes, and accessories. Available in sizes 2 – 16.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for sleeved multicolored dresses:

  1. Bluefly – Loads more sleeveless than sleeved, but plenty of fun printed and multicolored dresses, too.
  2. Zappos and 6pm – Both vendors allow you to search dresses by hemline length and sleeve length. So helpful.
  3. Nordstrom – I was beyond bummed that none of the gorgeous options I found on the Nordstrom site were both on sale and available in multiple sizes. Cruise around, though, there are pretty printed frocks aplenty.
  4. ASOS – Many dresses are above the knee, but there are some longer options, too.

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  • Sonja

    I’ve also seen these two at Modcloth, although the second one is not exactly “multicoulored”:
    http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/bright-futuristic-dress
    http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/postmodern-miss-dress

  • JB

    For what it’s worth, desigual.com also has a couple of non-wrap, sleeved dresses on sale, sizes XS-XL.

  • Don’t be sad Sal! The Tahari dress is all I need – great pick. : >

  • spacegeek

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention Boden. They often have a variety of sleeved dresses, including their wrap dresses which I adore! FWIW Boden runs a bit large IMO. bodenusa.com

    • Sal

      Ya know, I keep looking at the Boden offerings, but don’t post them often for two reasons: By the time they go on sale, there are only one or two sizes left in one or two prints. Also the dresses get TERRIBLE customer reviews. Almost across the board!

      • spacegeek

        That surprises me! I’ve had such good success with their dresses–with a 40 lb weight change even (up and then back down again)! Though I go for their jersey ones rather than the more-structured linen/cotton/wool variety.

      • JAC

        The second dress you featured had TERRIBLE customer reviews.

        Boden has great quality stuff. I’ve never ordered anything from there that isn’t well constructed and flattering.

        • Sal

          Glad you’ve had good experiences with Boden. My own have been good, too, but reviews have been abysmal for several seasons.

          Few items get reviewed on the Macy’s site, so I hadn’t seen the ones for the second dress. Sounds like it runs large/oversized.

  • Nebraskim

    What is it with the sleeveless dresses? Just do not like. I wish my arms to be covered due to modesty but also because I am always cold.

    I am one of the few for whom wrap dresses are a bust, mostly because I have no bust. So there is major excess fabric up on top that gaps open. I also always wear camis under anything that is lower cut than my collarbones. I love the look on others but they don’t work for me. It was through my constant struggle with wrap dresses that I finally figured out I am very slightly short-waisted, so the wrap ties rarely hit me at the correct spot. Alas.

    I have better luck with shirt dresses.

    • I’ve not worn wrap dresses, mostly because the tie always hits in the wrong place, but for those dresses that have a waist/under-bust band and the bodice above crosses, I have a quick fix. I, too, have a small enough bust that the crossed section gapes. A quick tack of thread (or tape or hidden safety pin) will fix this.

      Put the dress on, hold the fabric together where you want it to stay closed, stab your needle in (without stabbing your chest), and sew a few stitches to hold things in place. If you have a sewing machine, stitch from the bottom of the V to the highest position you want to stay closed. If you stitch from the high position towards the V, you can get distortion and puckering in the fabric.

      If the fabric is holding itself closed, it will gape less than if it is free to fall open. Hope that makes sense.

  • Do you guys have Fat Face stores in the US? I think their twist front, three quarter length sleeve dresses are brilliant. So brilliant that, since lunchtime today, I own the dress in three different prints! http://www.fatface.com/

  • seraphita

    This is a timely post for me. I’m trying to find a dress for my PhD graduation in a week, but I have a laundry list of requirements that are apparently impossible to fulfill.

    1. It should have sleeves (even if they’re just capsleeves) and come below the knee.
    2. Preferably not a boring solid-color dress. Something printed, floral, or multicolored!
    3. Cut should be flattering on my body type (jersey style or fit-and-flare tend to work better than belted or wrap)
    4. Colors should be flattering with my complexion (vibrant or dark colors tend to work better than pastels)
    5. Shouldn’t be manufactured in a sweatshop (unfortunately, getting information on where and how a dress is made is like pulling teeth!)
    6. Finally, I’d like it to be nursing-friendly Like maybe it could have some buttons at the top, or a low-cut neckline that I could wear a nursing camisole underneath and then pull down.

    I’ve ordered some dresses from Modcloth but sent them all back. I’m totally paralyzed. It’s worse than dissertation writing.

    Sorry, I had to vent.

  • seraphita

    Just after I shared my tale of woe, I went over to Zappo’s and found a nearly-perfect dress:

    http://www.zappos.com/jwla-raquel-3-4-sleeve-tier-dress-peacock

    It’s made by a company called Johnny Was:

    http://www.johnnywas.com/about_johnny_was/

    I know this is a long shot, but does anyone know anything about their labor practices? Their website gives off a hippie-ish vibe, which would seem to imply that they’re a fair trade company, but you never know. American Apparel prided themselves on their sweatshop-free clothing, and it turns they were using sweatshops, just in the USA.

    • Sal

      Don’t know about their labor practices, but own a few garments and they’re good quality.

      • seraphita

        Thanks, Sal! That usually means the workers are being paid decently, I think.

  • Ceri

    Try Coldwater Creek for print dresses. Many have sleeves and prints. Read the reviews since every once in a while they get a dress that doesn’t work for most people but I have had fairly good luck with the ones I have gotten.

  • Karina carries some sleeved dresses. When I looked just now, they were mostly cap or flutter sleeves, but I’m sure I remember in the winter they had elbow or longer length sleeves. I’ve never bought from them, but they have plenty of styles that aren’t wrap dresses.