I love maxi dresses! I remember wearing them in the 60s, or was it the 70s?
My daughter always tells me, “if you wore the style the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it when it comes back.” And, the truth is, I don’t want one that shows all the cleavage or my arms.
I like dresses with color and print. Have you seen some fun, dresses that work for women our age? Thanks, Nancy
Maxi dresses are fun to wear no matter what your age. I’m sure your daughter means well but I’m going to have to disagree with her.
In fashion, there’s not much that truly new and original. Looks get recycled. If we followed her only once in a lifetime rule, there’d be nothing for us gals 40, 50 and beyond to wear. Maxi dresses are back in style but this time around there are new fabrics, patterns and details that make them fresh modern. They are very wearable and won’t make us 40+ gals look dated.
Still, I can understand you not wanting to reveal cleavage or show your arms. A lot of us feel self-conscious about our arms or find sleeveless too cold.
I’ve picked out a few dresses that will work for you and jotted down a few things to think about when buying the perfect long sleeve maxi dress. Take a look.
Style Tips For Wearing Long Sleeved Maxi Dresses:
- A long-sleeved maxi in a solid, dark color will look more dressy than a light/bright summery print, so if you want to look festive and fun choose a lively print or a dark solid with splashes of bright color.
- A little skin looks youthful. If you prefer to cover up your arms but still want to look sexy and youthful try a wrap dress style. This will show off your chest and actually make your neck look longer which equates to you looking slimmer.
- Choose a long-sleeved maxi dress in a soft, silhouette skimming fabric that follows your curves. A long-sleeved maxi in a crisp or stiff fabric will make you look bulky and nun-like.
- 3/4 length sleeves give you the coverage you want on upper arms that jiggle, but give you a sportier, sexier look than a full length sleeve.
- Make sure you get the right size. With so much coverage you don’t want to be drowning in fabric especially if you’re short or petite.