If you are the mother of the bride or groom and you need to know what to wear on wedding day then be sure to pick up a copy of Tweak Your Chic: Mother of the Bride!
It’s full of tips and photos showing you how to look fabulous on one of the most important occasions ever.
When it comes to choosing the right Mother of the Bride dress, style and color are important. One of the most popular questions I get is how to find a dress that looks elegant but doesn’t expose the arms.
I know that for many of you, your upper arms are an area you’d rather camouflage, so no worries. There are lots of options out there.
Let’s take a look.
- Long Sleeves
For some women, nothing short of a full sleeve will do. Plus size mother of the bride dresses with sleeves are particularly popular for women who carry extra weight in their arms. The only drawback is that long sleeves can be hot. Plus, they don’t look as delicate as you may like for an affair as romantic and sentimental as a wedding.
If you know that you absolutely want arm coverage, there are more subtle ways to achieve that. Usually, it’s only the upper part of the arm women fret about, so here’s how to cover that.
2. Sheer Sleeves
This is a great trick many celebrities use. Instead of long, opaque sleeves they wear evening gowns and cocktail dresses with sheer sleeves. This beaded jersey gown with see-through sleeves gives the illusion of coverage but looks light and airy. It’s the perfect mother of the bride dress with sleeves.
3. Lace Sleeves
Lace sleeves are another great solution. A lace sleeve like this will contain the jiggle, but make your dress look romantic and feminine.
4. Elbow or 3/4 Length Sleeves
The sleeve on this 3/4 length sequinned cocktail dress (left) is a favorite with the Mother of the Bride. You still show some skin but in all the right places. In fact, all three of these short mother of the bride dresses with sleeves would be lovely and appropriate.
5. Full Sleeves
If your arms are really full, a regular width lace sleeve or a sheer sleeve may be too tight, so a great option is a dress with mid length full sleeves. This Embellished Shutter Pleat Dress has a unique overlay that creates floaty, full sleeves to camouflage wide arms and give you a very ethereal, feminine look.
6. A Jacket
Here’s a great way to cover up and looks stylish. Many sleeveless dresses come with matching jacket to cover the arms. Take a look at this mother of the bride dress with jacket.Whether you like your arms covered at all times, or you just want to cover up for the church, this evening sheath with metallic Jacquard jacket is a gorgeous option.
7. A Caped Dress
These types of dresses are new and interesting. Dramatic types love them. This Satin Colum Gown has a chiffon cape that is sewn onto the shoulders. Your arms are semi-exposed as the cape swishes by them. This would be a good option if you are not too concerned about exposing your arms, but you tend to get cold and want some coverage, or if you just like the fashion-forward feel of a glamorous cape.
Did you wear a dress with sleeves to your son or daughter’s wedding? If you have a good quality or professional photo, send to firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will post. Thanks!