summer dresses with short sleeves

summer dresses with short sleeves
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casual summer dresses with short sleeves
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Nothing is as easy and feminine like a great dress. However, many women over 40 don’t want to bare their arms.

That does not necessarily mean that you need to buy a dress with sleeves. You can find out in this article  how to cover up your arms while still staying cool when you live in a warm climate.

However, if you prefer to cover your arms, then dresses with sleeves are a great option.

Dresses With Sleeves – Do You Need Them?

I personally believe that most women look great in dresses without sleeves even if their arms are not as toned as they once were.

But I also believe in dressing in a way that makes you feel your most beautiful. If you feel more fabulous and sexy by covering all or part of your arms then I’m all for that as well.

You may also like: How to hide your belly with the right clothes

Another reason you may want to cover up your arms is because of the chill.

I tend to get cold very quickly and the only reason I can wear so many sleeveless dresses here is because Singapore is just so unbelievably hot! I am always sure to bring a scarf or cardigan for the air conditioning indoors though.

What To Look Out For In A Great Dress With Sleeves?

Choose A Dress That Enhances Your Shape

You can discover your body shape here.

wrap dress or drape dress looks great on many body types as does an asymmetrical dress.

The latter is a personal favorite as it adds something special in my opinion and it creates a nice diagonal line which is very flattering for many women.

I have a great selection of asymmetrical garments listed here.

Choose A Fabric That Lets You Breathe

I personally prefer cotton and silk, but in cooler climates, flowy dresses in polyester can work too. Read this for more info on fabrics.

Pay Attention To The Silhouette You Like To Create And The Length Of Your Dress

I believe knee-high is a great length for many women over 40, but you may want to go slightly shorter if you are petite.

For more tips also read how to dress when you are petite

If You Don’t Want To Be Too Self-Conscious Or Wear Shapewear, Choose A Dress That Is Flowier Or Draped

As I prefer to wear nothing underneath my dress (apart from basic cotton underwear of course), my dresses tend to be drapey and not too tight.

Shorter Dresses Are Great For Holidays Or The Beach But Can Also Do Double Duty As Tunics

I wear this dress mainly over pants.

Be Sure To Check That The Dress Looks Good From The Back Too!

Many dresses drape beautifully at the front but are very plain at the back. I prefer dresses that flatter both the front and back.

Dresses Can Be Layered And Can Be Worn In Several Seasons

Some of the dresses featured here can be carried over to fall as well, especially when you can pair them with pants or thick tights (see examples and how to wear tights here). Just add a jacket or cardigan for extra warmth.

The Best Dresses With Sleeves In Stores Now

Below I have listed some of the best dresses with sleeves that are available in stores now.

Wrap Dresses With Sleeves

All in Favor metallic pleated wrap dress |

Metallic pleated wrap dress

Body hugging wrap dress |

Body hugging wrap dress

Chaus wrap dress | 40plusstyle.comPrinted wrap dress

Silk Dresses With Sleeves

This silk midi dress is a gorgeous dress that will stand the test of time. Timeless print and colors will make sure that you love this dress for many years to come.

Silk midi dress with sleeves |

Metallic silk shirtdress

Knee Length Dresses With Sleeves

The dress below is simple but sophisticated with the split detailing and the peplum waist. A perfect canvas for a beautiful necklace.

Summer Dress Guide: 36 Midi Dresses To Wear From Work To Weekend

Move aside minis and maxis—the midi is the must-try length.

Who doesn’t love a no-fuss, one-step outfit that you can throw on and look great in. Midi dresses tick that box—and more. The perfect length for day (or night), midi dresses, as their name suggests, hit below the knee, but above your ankles. Not too short and not too long, you can wear a midi to any occasion. Pair them with a comfy pair of sneakers for a chic weekend look, or with strappy sandals for a summer wedding.

Below, 36 midi-length picks, from flirty, floral frocks to simple button-up styles that will take you from work to weddings and on to the weekend.

Addition Elle Polka Dot Dress with Square Neck

Addition Elle Polka Dot Dress with Square Neck, $69,

Astr The Label Dolman Sleeve Button Down Midi Dress

Astr The Label Dolman Sleeve Button Down Midi Dress, $98,

ASOS DESIGN Curve midi t-shirt dress with drop hem

ASOS Design Curve Midi T-Shirt Dress, $59,

Gap Short Sleeve Midi Wrap Dress

Gap Short Sleeve Midi Wrap Dress, $90,

Smithery Midi Drop Dress

Smithery Style Midi Drop Dress, $74,

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress

Everlane The Japanese GoWeave Short-Sleeve Wrap Dress, $100 US,

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