Is a black, one-shoulder dress appropriate for a 50+ woman to wear to a wedding? I don’t know if I should buy something I might look ridiculous wearing. I know we should embrace our bodies, but I don’t like looking at my bulges, cellulite, and crepey arm skin.
If you can bear arms and not feel bad about it- more power to you, but I’m afraid to go there. My friend’s daughter calls the extra weight on the arms–Puddin Bags- as if the problem isn’t bad enough. Thanks for any help, Anne.
A one-shoulder top or dress is a beautiful, appropriate choice for a wedding or special event at any age. Black is chic and perfectly acceptable for a wedding. Naturally, your arms aren’t going to be as buff as they used to be when you are older, but that doesn’t mean you should hide them. One-shoulder dresses are so classy and elegant that no one will be focusing on your arms. This style of dress draws the eye up to your shoulders and neckline, putting the focus on your face.
Here are 7 style tips for wearing a one-shoulder dress over 50+
1. Look for Structure
A one-shoulder dress can be a disaster if you spend the whole night pulling and tugging at it to keep it in place. Choose a one-shoulder gown made of quality fabric constructed to rest securely on your shoulder. If you have any worries about this, don’t buy the dress. You have to feel confident to look fabulous!
2. Choose a Dress with Draping and Ruching
Draping and ruching that flow across the front of the dress are sophisticated and are a great way to camouflage your stomach!
3. Don’t Go Too Short
The simple rule to look classy in any kind of cocktail dress or wedding guest dress is when you are baring some skin, do it strategically. For example, if you are wearing a one-shoulder dress, make sure your dress isn’t too short. Revealing your shoulders and a lot of legs is overkill. For a more mature, elegant look, wear a one-shoulder dress that ends just above the knee or longer.
4. Wear a Good Bra
The biggest thing holding many women back from wearing a one-shoulder wedding guest dress, besides whether it is appropriate, is having to wear a strapless bra. It’s hard to find a good one. Be sure to wear a well-supporting strapless or convertible bra with a dress like this to make the most of the fabulous neckline. My favorite strapless bra is the Wacoal Red Carpet Convertible Strapless bra.
5. No Necklace Required
A wrist cuff worn on the opposite side of the shoulder detail balances the look. Drop earrings help highlight the neckline, too, especially when you can wear your hair up. But you don’t need to wear a necklace as it will only compete with your neckline. If you feel the need to wear one, stick to fine jewelry like a delicate gold necklace with a small diamond or pearls. A statement necklace would be far too overpowering and ruin the look.
6. Carry a Clutch
Tuck in the chain of an envelope purse and carry it as a clutch. You don’t want a strap or chain to interfere with the gorgeous one-shoulder silhouette.
7. Own the Dress!
You can read through all these tips, and they may make perfect sense, but unless you OWN the look, you are never going to feel confident in a one-shoulder dress. Anne, I would suggest you try some on and keep an open mind. In the end, it has to feel like you; if it doesn’t, that’s o.k. too.
Take a look at the photo above my readers sent in. Both women look stunning in their one-shoulder dresses, and there are lots of gals 40, 50, and beyond out there who will too! Try one on and see how you feel.
Here are a few more one-shoulder cocktail dresses that would be lovely for a wedding.