I love maxi dresses and remember wearing them in the ’60s and ’70s, but my daughter says, If you wore something the first time around, you shouldn’t wear it when it comes back.
In truth, at this age I’m more interested in maxi dresses with long sleeves to cover my arms and that don’t show a lot of cleavage. Can you suggest some? Thanks, Nancy
I’m sure your daughter means well, but the reality is that nothing is really new in fashion. Looks get recycled, and if we all followed the “only once in a lifetime” rule for trends, there would be nothing for gals 40 and 50+ to wear!
Maxi dresses are back in style in 2018, and the good news is there are lots of beautiful prints, color combinations and modern details that make maxi dresses fresh and exciting to wear. So, go for it!
Here’s a pretty maxi with long sleeves and a lovely neckline in a lively summer print you may like. This long sleeved maxi gives you the coverage you want, but it doesn’t look dowdy. The problem with many long sleeve maxi dresses is they can sometimes look frumpy and aging, especially if the fabric is heavy or dark. To get around this:
1. Choose Airy Fabrics
Maxi dresses with long sleeves made of airy fabrics, such as flowy chiffon, look and feel lighter, more feminine and prettier.
2. Try a Long Sleeved Maxi with a Slit
Another way to keep a long-sleeved maxi from looking heavy and dowdy is to choose one that has side or front slits that reveal a touch of leg. This one (above) is a great example. You get the coverage you want with some peek-a-boo leg showing through when you walk.
3. Look for Open Necklines
Another way to keep from looking too bundled up is to choose a maxi with a V-neck or scoop neckline. This way, even though your arms and legs are covered, your decolletage is revealed, giving you a more alluring, youthful look.
A wrap dress style maxi also shows off your chest and make your neck look longer, which in turn makes you look slimmer.
4. Off the Shoulder / Cold Shoulder Necklines are also Youthful
Exposing your shoulders is another excellent way to give a carefree, pretty feel to a maxi dress with sleeves. What woman doesn’t have beautiful shoulders? An off the shoulder maxi with long sleeves 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.
If it’s mainly your upper arms you are concerned with (which most gals our age are), you have even more options. Try:
- Three quarter length sleeves: more youthful and sporty than a full-length sleeve
- Kimono Style sleeves are trending
- Flutter sleeves: will camouflage your upper arms and lighten the look of a maxi dress
More 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 light/bright print or a dark solid with splashes of bright color.
- A wrap style maxi dress is will show off your chest and make your neck look longer which equates to making you look 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.
- Shirtdress Style maxis with long sleeves can be tricky because they do not narrow at the waist and can look boxy. Look for a shirtdress maxi dress with a drawstring waist or belt, or else you will look like you are wearing a big bag. Heels also help you get a long, lean look.
- Be sure you get the right size when buying a long sleeve maxi. If the sleeves are too long, you will look like you are drowning in fabric, especially if you’re short or petite.
Maxi dresses with long sleeves are a great way to camouflage your arms. Here what works to hide your legs in summer.
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