Wanted! Mother of the Bride Dresses With Sleeves!

When it comes to choosing the right Mother of the Bride dress, style and color are important.  Finding a dress that covers the arms is also at the top of many women’s wish list. If you prefer to camouflage the jiggly bits, no worries. There are lots of options out there. Let’s take a look.

1. 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.

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Blue Dress | Pewter Dress | Cream Dress

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. A gown with see-through sleeves gives the illusion of coverage but looks light and airy. It’s the perfect mother of the bride or mother of the groom dress with sleeves.

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Silver Gown | Blush gown | Navy Gown

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

A 3/4 length sleeve dress is a favorite with the Mother of the Bride. You still show some skin but in all the right places.

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.

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Blue Lace Dress with Jacket | Taupe Lace Dress with Jacket

6. A Jacket

Here’s a great way to cover up and looks stylish. Many sleeveless dresses come with a matching jacket to cover the arms. Take a look at these two dresses. Whether you like your arms covered at all times, or you just want to cover up for the church, these evening sheath dresses with lace jackets are a gorgeous option.

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Pink Cape Dress | Blue Cape Dress

7. A Caped Dress

These dresses are new and interesting. Dramatic types love them. The unique chiffon overlay creates floaty, full sleeves to camouflage wide arms and gives you a very ethereal look. This style would be a good option if you want semi arm coverage, or if you just like the fashion-forward feel of a glamorous cape.


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.


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