Do you avoid going sleeveless, even in summer? Are you self-conscious about baring your arms? If so, you’re missing out on some cute looks! Today I’m partnering with the Over 50 Style Team: Susan at Une Femme d’un Certain Age, Jennifer from A Well Styled Life, and Tania from 50 is Not Old to bring you four fabulous sleeveless outfits including my gorgeous, new sleeveless maxi dress. Take a look!
My arms aren’t as firm as they used to be (even though I do work out), and they can look pretty pale and pasty at times. But that hasn’t stopped me from buying sleeveless when I see something I really like.
I recently been experimenting with maxis and came across this darling Eliza J scarf maxi dress . I think it’s perfect for a wedding I’ll be attending at a cottage in August. I popped into my shopping cart, along with a bottle of self-tanner, and ordered it straight away from Amazon. (Nordstrom carries a similar one, and it comes in plus size too!)
The nice thing about this dress is that it feels fairly casual, but you can also dress it up with some jewelry. I’m wearing it with my Manhattan layered necklace and gemstone studs from my favorite designer, Dean Davidson.
Although this dress has the illusion of being a top and skirt, it’s actually all one piece. The navy top is stretchy and comfy, and the colorful print bottom is light and flowy like a giant silk scarf.
I love the elegant sash and the way it adds a touch of formality, tying these two halves together. And look at that keyhole back! That’s a sexy touch!
The colors and print give this maxi a cool nautical vibe that I think is perfect for a wedding by the lake.
Here’s something I want to warn you about if you don’t wear a lot of sleeveless dresses or tops. You’ve probably spotted it by now! Do you see my bra strap peeking out? I wore a nude bra, which is good since it definitely minimizes the damage, but I could have used some more help, for sure.
Since my sleeveless maxi is cut high on the arms ( it’s actually a flattering look on me), it’s easy for your bra strap to slip out and not even notice.
The solution for this problem would be to wear a bra that crisscrosses at the back or, better yet, a bra clip. Bra clips are handy little plastic discs that you use to pull your bra straps together and hold them in the middle of your back. Then you never had to worry about straps showing again.
The only thing is, with this particular dress, I’d be better off to use a bit of two sided fashion tape to hold my straps in place, since my dress has an open back and the clip would show. Or, I could make a bra strap holder.
….But you might have to worry about a Marilyn moment. I got caught in the wind and got a little surprise when my skirt blew up!
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So that’s my tip on what to wear with a sleeveless dress, top, or anything if you are concerned about your bra straps showing. To shop this look, just click the links below. Also, be sure to pop by Une Femme d’un Certain Age, A Well Styled Life, and 50 is Not Old to see what the fabulous sleeveless looks they’ve put together.