Long sleeve maxi dresses are popular with women 40, 50+ because besides covering your legs, they conveniently cover flabby midlife arms too. But how is it that some women can look stylish and modern rockin’ a long sleeve maxi dress, while others look like burned out boho boomer or Ma from little house on the prairie?
Here how to Look Modern In Long Sleeve Maxi Dresses.
1. Choose Long Sleeve Maxi Dresses that Cinch at the Waist
Loose, baggy maxi dresses with no waist definition (think mu-mus) are very unflattering and will make you look old. The trick is to find one that nips in at the waist, even if it is just a little. For example, a long sleeve maxi wrap dress crisscrosses at the bust and carves out a waist, giving you a very feminine, youthful shape.
Maxi dresses with elastic waists are comfortable and also give you more of that hourglass shape.
Shirtdress maxis with long sleeves are trendy this spring. They’re trickier to wear because they don’t narrow at the waist. Look for a shirtdress maxi dress with a drawstring waist or belt or risk looking very boxy and thick through the middle.
Be sure you get the right size when buying your dress. If the sleeves are too long, you also get that shapeless look like you are drowning in fabric, especially if you’re on the short or petite side.
2. Look for Light Airy Fabrics
Maxi dresses with full-length sleeves can look weighed down if you are not careful about the fabric. Go for long sleeve flowy maxi dresses that have sheer or semi-sheer sleeves. A long sleeve chiffon maxi dress is a good example. It’s lighter, more feminine and prettier. Long sleeve cotton maxi dresses also have an airy feel.
Soft, thin, silhouette-skimming fabrics that follow your curves also work well, such as a long sleeve jersey maxi dress. Maxis with sleeves that are made of crisp or stiff material add bulk and often make you look dowdy.
3. Avoid High Necklines
Another way to keep from looking too bundled is to choose a long sleeve V-neck maxi or one with a scoop neckline. This way, even though your arms and legs are covered, your decolletage is revealed, giving you a more alluring, youthful look.
The open neckline of a wrap dress makes your neck look longer, which in turn, makes you look slimmer. Shirtdress maxi dresses can be unbuttoned at the neckline a couple of buttons, or you can leave them done up but roll up the sleeves and open of the last few buttons to create a slit.
4. Wear Currently Trending Colors and Prints
Drab, dark or muted colors can be aging. So can old fashioned prints like paisley which can look rather Victorian. In summer go for light/bright modern prints to look festive and fun or a dark solid with splashes of lighter or bright color. Striped and color block maxi dresses with long sleeves are also modern.
A long sleeve floral maxi dress is always lovely, but tiny florals can make you look dated. Stick to small to medium florals, real or abstract in currently trending colors.
5. Roll/Push up Your Sleeves
If you like long sleeves because they cover flabby arms, you can get the same effect without the all covered up look by rolling or pushing up your sleeves to show your forearms. Three-quarter length sleeves also do the trick. Showing just a touch of skin makes your outfit look more lightweight, more casual and more youthful looking.
6. Search For Long Sleeve Maxi Dresses with Slits
Another way to keep your long sleeve maxi from looking bulky and dowdy is to choose one that reveals a touch of leg at the front or side. This long sleeve maxi dress with the front slit is a great example. You get the coverage you want with some peek-a-boo leg showing through when you walk.
7. Try a Long Sleeve Off the Shoulder Maxi Dress
What woman doesn’t have beautiful shoulders? This yellow long sleeve maxi dress with the off the shoulder neckline is romantic and fairytale-like. A cold shoulder style is has a similar effect. It’s flirty and fun and adds a lot of personality to a long-sleeved maxi.
Long sleeve maxi dresses are definitely on trend and can look Fabulous after 40, 50 and more. Follow these tips to choose the right one, and you won’t have to worry about looking dated. See more long sleeve maxi dresses that cover arm flab here.
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