I love maxi dresses! I remember wearing them in the 60’s and 70’s. 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 my cleavage or my arms.
I like dresses with color and print. Have you seen some fun, maxi dresses with sleeves that work for women our age? Thanks, Nancy
I’m sure your daughter means well, but I’m going to have to disagree with her. In fashion, there is not much that is truly new and original. Looks get recycled. If we all followed your daughter’s “only once in a lifetime” rule, there’d be nothing for gals 40, 50 and beyond to wear.
Maxi dresses are back in style, but as usual there are new fabrics, patterns and details that make them fresh modern. Here are three I found that are popular right now.
The navy one on the left is the Jillian Caftan from Tory Burch. It is simple and conservative with a nod to Boho. The colorful middle one with its energetic woven pattern and wrap style has a more exciting almost gyspy vibe. I think this would be a great party dress. The romantic teal one on the right is the Juliet Maxi and is good for the woman who wants arm coverage, but doesn’t mind showing some cleavage.
If you are looking for something more delicate and feminine, then this Embroidered Mesh Maxi is a really nice one. It has sheer sleeves so you get some coverage but your arms are not hidden away.
Here’s a couple of other maxi dresses with sleeves that give maximum coverage: a red floral print maxi and a blue and yellow silk print maxi . These are shirtdress style maxis. My advice here would be to watch the size. A shirtdress style is not very fitted and can look boxy if you buy one that is too big. Be sure the sleeves aren’t too long and that you nip in your waist with the drawstring, or else you will look like you are wearing a big bag or worse, curtains! Heels also help you get a long lean look.
Here are a few other Style Tips For Wearing Long Sleeve 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, then try a wrap dress style. This will show off your chest and make your neck look longer which equates to making 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 dowdy.
- 3/4 length sleeves give you the coverage you want on upper arms that jiggle and 3/4 are 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.
These kind of dresses are great for covering your arms, and they also do the trick if you prefer to hide your legs in summer. A very lovely, sophisticated solution!