What to wear to a wedding has always been a controversial question for all women all over the world. However, sleeveless dresses are so popular for wearing to weddings. But, how can you cover up your arms? What can you wear over a sleeveless dress, especially to a wedding?
Table of Contents
- 1 Is it okay to wear a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
- 2 Is it necessary to wear something over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
- 3 What to wear over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
- 3.1 Wearing a blazer over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.2 Wearing a jacket over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.3 Wearing a cardigan over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.4 Wearing a coat over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.5 Wearing a kimono over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.6 Wearing a cape over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
- 3.7 How about wearing a shawl over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
Is it okay to wear a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
of course, you can wear a sleeveless dress to a wedding. However, some rules should be followed. The first one is: not to upstage the bride and groom. For example, in general, women would better not wear large ball gowns adorned with feathers, or massive sequins, or wear a tiara. Also, avoid clothes that are too revealing. Take care that your top is not too low and your skirt is not too high, and also that the dress is not too tight. Generally, if you have problems sitting or bending over with your dress, it is possibly too revealing.
Another thing to pay attention to is the colors. Some colors are better not to be worn to a wedding unless you are the bride! These colors are white, off-white, ivory, all black, all red and all gold. Also, avoid wearing over sparkly or heavily metallic. If possible, ask for the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses and avoid them. Lastly, it would be better not to wear the same color as the mother of the bride and groom. Wearing floral is always okay at weddings. Something that they are only for summer and spring. But make no mistake. They are versatile and can be worn all year and also to weddings.
Is it necessary to wear something over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
Well, that is you! Although there is a dress code for weddings that should be followed, it is not necessary to wear something over a sleeveless dress. But if you, because of many reasons, want to cover your arms, some styles are presented here.
What to wear over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
There can be many potential reasons why somebody likes to cover up her arms and chest for a wedding. We are not going to talk about those reasons, but it would be helpful for anyone to know some ways to cover up their arms in sleeveless dresses. The things that are discussed here are blazers, jackets, cardigans, coats, kimonos, and capes.
Wearing a blazer over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
Blazers are always useful, whether in winter to avoid cold or other times of the year to cover your arms. They are versatile for any occasion whether it is formal or not formal. In weddings, that are undoubtedly formal, they can be worn too as they are ideal for wedding dress codes. They are the best options for wearing over a sleeveless dress to a wedding. Be sure to use a blazer that matches your dress in color. For example, it does not look classy to wear a hot yellow blazer with a navy dress.
Another way to wear the blazer is to close the front entirely so that you look like wearing a blazer and a skirt. This kinds of outfit make you look more modest, especially when your dress is sleeveless and backless. However, wearing this outfit, you should be even more careful with the color combination of your blazer and your sleeveless dress. It is also possible to wear a patterned blazer with a plain sleeveless dress but the pattern should not be too flashy. For the most formal look go for a blazer in the same color as your sleeveless dress.
Wearing a jacket over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
The best option as was mentioned is a blazer. However, if you cannot find a proper blazer that matches your sleeveless dress, you can go for a jacket. But not just any jacket. The best option would be a cropped jacket to show the form and figure of your dress and not cover all parts of your dress completely.
Although it is less formal, it is also possible to wear a non-conventional jacket to a wedding. It depends on your style and your sleeveless dress form. Some people wear this jacket to add some personality to their outfits. Even some brides do that. It is not surprising to see a bride wearing a leather or denim non-conventional jacket over her wedding dress walking down the aisle.
Wearing a cardigan over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
You are unsure what to wear over your dress? Do you think jackets and blazers are just too uncomfortable for you? Here is the answer: a cardigan. Cardigans are less formal than blazers and jackets, so you can not wear them to all weddings. If it is a backyard wedding or any other wedding with a more relaxed dress code, you can wear a cardigan with a midi or a cocktail dress. The most important thing about cardigans is that you can wear them with both casual and formal outfits not to mention that they are beyond comfortable. They can be used whether the weather is hot or not or the wedding is outdoors or indoors.
As a cardigan is lighter than jackets and blazers, and it takes less space. So, whenever you feel that you do not need to cover your arms and chest, you can fold it and pack it in your bag without difficulty, for example, at the reception when most people do not wear something over their sleeveless dresses. Even if you want to have more coverage over your body, you can wear longer cardigans as they do not make you feel hot and are comfortable.
Wearing a coat over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
Sometimes you want to wear something over your sleeveless dress not only to look more modest but also to avoid cold. If the wedding is in fall, winter or early spring, or if the wedding is in the evening you should wear something in order not to be cold and what would be better than a coat? A coat is perfect for chilly weather. Besides, as it has pockets, you do not need to have a big bag with you, as you can use the coat’s pockets.
Another fantastic point about coats is that you do not need to wear them completely. In order to look chic, you can drape the coat over your shoulders. This way not only will you look elegant, but also you can cover yourself from the cold. The only thing is to be careful with the color. If the color of your coat is white and colors with white shades, you make look like the bride from behind and that is not recommended at all.
Wearing a kimono over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
If you want to look chic and cute and you are not into blazers, coats, jackets or cardigans, you can consider wearing a kimono. They are perfect for any place, especially for beach weddings. As kimonos come in different colors, patterns and prints, you can add some pattern to your outfit with a kimono if you feel that your dress is so plain and needs spicing up. Also, as they come in different materials, you can use them in various weather conditions. For example, you can wear a light silk kimono to a beach wedding on a summer evening or a thick knit kimono if the wedding is in winter.
Wearing a cape over a sleeveless dress to a wedding
If it is not all about the coverage and it is more about having a chic look, you can choose a cape. Cape-style blazers and jackets are also recommended in this case. These are more formal than kimonos or cardigans and so are perfect for a formal look. Again, keep in mind that you do not want to look like the bride, so avoid white shade or very eye-catching capes. The best option would be to wear the same color as your sleeveless dress.
How about wearing a shawl over a sleeveless dress to a wedding?
If you want something lighter than all mentioned here, you can choose a shawl. There are different styles for wearing a shawl over your dress. The easiest way is to drape the shawl over your shoulders. Knotting the shawl is a good method too as it is more secure in its place than just draping it. There are different styles of knotting shawls and you can choose one that is to your taste. If your shawl is too big, consider looping it, allowing the shawl to fall from your body.
Again, keep in mind that it would be safe not to wear a white shawl to a wedding as you may look like you want to disrespect the bride and nobody wants to do that at a wedding.
To sum it up, it is your choice what to wear – or not to wear – over your dress to a wedding. All of these were only suggestions to consider.
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