With wedding season about to be in full swing, what are we of the FOSD (fear of sleeveless dress) set supposed to do? We love being invited to the big event and adore a great beach nuptial, a casual farm to table celebration, a sunny destination wedding soiree but when it comes to wedding guest appropriate summer dresses, many fashion designers seem to have forsaken us. So many warm weather frocks leave we of the square pegs in a round armhole situation.
We have grown so weary of the pashmina to the rescue or the throw a cashmere cardigan over our upper arms solution when all we really want is a lovely, light feminine confection that also covers our celebratory “ports de bras.” We consider those genetically gifted or hardworking weight lifters or just super-confident and devil may care sleeveless dress bearers so very wise or so exceedingly lucky, but some of us just can not face the self-consciousness of sleeveless dresses.
We went hunting high and low for some wonderful examples of what works for all different kinds of wedding environments, from the “black–tie” or whatever that means anymore, to the “festive dresses” conundrum and present them here. Some feature just enough of a sleeve to imply modesty and others a long full wave of cover. We can almost hear you breathing a sigh of relief . This ultra feminine sustainably made dress by Mara Hoffman, for a formal afternoon or evening , gave us new hope in the dress world , and for a full raise the roof moment,this gorgeous, feminine dress by Saloni makes your visit to the dance floor a must and can-do, hangups about our arms be damned!.
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