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What to wear under sleeveless dresses

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

Creating sleeves

I know that I am always trying to feature dresses with sleeves, but today I am taking a slight departure – what about if we want to get more wear from our existing wardrobe including sleeveless dresses yet still keep our arms covered – without wearing shrugs or cardigans.

I also find that sleeveless dresses with the option to layer (either under or over) are really versatile for weekends away when you want to travel light but are a little unsure of the weather!

We all think about what we can wear OVER our sleeveless dresses when in fact we often forget we can wear things UNDER as well.

Here are a couple of the options that I like to get more out of the clothes I already own – and feel more confident about buying sleeveless dresses in the future.

One of the concerns raised is that by wearing something under a sleeveless dress you will be adding bulk around the middle . There are some great options at the moment for ‘sleeves’ that end under the bust such as these sleeves from Gina Baconni from Gray and Osbourn (1)

Stretch mesh sleeves Gray and Osbourn £50

I also like to wear lace sleeves under dresses one of the best I have found this summer is this long sleeved Joanna Hope lace top from Marisota (2) and also have a selection of long sleeved T shirts for layering.

Long sleeved lace top Joanna Hope Marisota £39


One of my favourite sleeveless dresses this season is the Jasmine drape dress from Isabi. (3) – I love the draping and the fact tat it is fitted under the bust means that it skims rather than swamps!

Sleeveless dress Isabi £90

By layering under as well as over you can create far more versatility from your existing wardrobe as well as future purchases. Fabulous for being stylish over 50 🙂

Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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