Many women consider covering their arms with long sleeves when wearing a gown or a formal dress to avoid drawing attention to that area of their body. Well, I’m about to shock you! Ironically the opposite is true. Covering your arms with long sleeves draws more attention to your arms, which is what you’re trying to avoid in the first place. 

At Dress 2 Impress, we offer beautiful dress styles that will have you loving how your arms look in formal wear. 

Here are four dress-style tips on making your arms look thinner:

Cap Sleeves

This style cuts the arm in just the right spot and draws attention to your face. Cap sleeves also extend your apparent shoulder width and make your bust, hips, and thighs appear smaller in comparison. A win-win situation. Take a look at these styles, one is a wedding dress June by Maggie Sosttero and the other one is a mother of the bride dress by Jade J175001.

Off The Shoulders

This style downplays your arms by extenuating your neckline and shoulders, making them appear thinner than they are. Off the shoulders also draws attention to your face, so make sure to glam it up with the perfect hair, makeup, and jewelry. Here are two examples of this style. One is a bridal gown by Maggie Sottero Nakita and the other is a mother of the groom dress by Terani Couture 1812M6657.

Flutter Sleeves

This style is flattering on most body types because they balance out the figure. In addition, the broader hem on this sleeve provides extra mobility and comfort while making any arm appear thinner. Flutter sleeves’ movement and flare also make you feel feminine and beautiful, which leads to others noticing you for your confidence, not your arms. Please take a look at this wedding gown Paige by Maggie Sottero and this MOB dress 29772 by Lara.

No Sleeves

That’s right! Our fourth style tip is to try a dress with no sleeves. Try on that strapless dress with the sweetheart neckline and beaded bodice or that dress with spaghetti straps or thicker straps and a beautiful v-neck plunge. We’ve discovered at Dress 2 Impress that a woman with the right fitted bodice and gorgeous dress details will look and feel fabulous no matter what her self-image is entering our boutique. There are so many examples in this category however please take a peak at Jasmine Bridal wedding dress F181065 and mother of the bride/groom dress by Terani 2011M2127

If you find our dress style tips helpful and want to try on our dresses, we would love to meet you and help you look and feel amazing for your next special occasion. 

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