Post # 1
I have a lot of scars on my arms, basically on the lower shoulder area of the top part of my arm. They’re severe enough that they would be very noticeable, and I’ve never ever worn sleeveless shirts (since I had the scars, I mean).
I’m not sure what to do to cover them up. Makeup is not an option at all, because I have really fat arms that I want to cover anyway.
At first, I looked for dresses with sleeves. However, I don’t like the styles that do have sleeves. I have a significant amount of scarred area to cover, so I can’t just go with a shawl and hope for the best. I was thinking of ordering this sort of sheer chiffon shrug from the David’s Bridal bridesmaid collection. I considered getting one to match the color of my dress, but what do you all think of getting a green one, if I had a green sash on my dress to match? Does that sound tacky?
Any other suggestions are much appreciated!!!! Thanks!
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Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall
How about a bolero? There are some beautiful lacy boleros out there… I went on Google Images and immediately came up with this:
I think a colored shawl or short sweater would look really cool, too.
Post # 5
Have you tried any of the pronovias dresses? They have lots of dress with sleeves, and dresses that offer boleros shawls wraps to cover up for religous ceremonies. My cousin and I both bought our dresses there, her dress was called Hamilton and it was gorgeous lace dress, strapless with a 2nd piece that was boat neck, lace with 3/4 sleeves that buttons in the back. So gorgeous and classic.
Post # 6
A bolero could be really beautiful, as could a pair of longer gloves (a la Miss Perfume’s recent post). What part of your arms have the scarring?
If you do a winter wedding, a beautiful cardigan or fur wrap could be the perfect way to keep warm and keep your arms covered at the same time. I’m scanning for some pictures of sleeved dresses right now, so I’ll post them as soon as I have a few. 🙂
Post # 7
ArtOfKristen, I’m including links to some pictures of long sleeved gowns I found. They’re (in order) by Rina di Montella, Demetrios (No. 3026), Demetrios Young Sophisticates (No. 2806), Jasmine (No. F173; this one is if you only need your upper arms covered). Please disregard the fact that Demetrios airbrushes their models to the point where they’re so skinny that they look like they can’t possibly have all their intestines in place. 🙂
I’ll post a few more soon!
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Post # 8
I am sooo in love with the third dress. Wow!
Post # 9
I second the gloves… I so wish my dress would work with long gloves. It won’t so I wore them for my engagement shoot instead 😉
Post # 10
I love your idea to wear a green wrap! Tradition-smadition! You don’t have to be in ALL WHITE and if you had a green sash, it would look cute! (Complete with green shoes?)
OR you could do like Padma from Top Chef (I love her) and just bare your scars for the world to see. If it’s only on one arm you could take the pictures from one side or have the photoshop them if you really don’t like it.
Post # 11
I agree with Mighty Sapphire on both counts. If you want to wear a green wrap and green shoes, please do! Do whatever makes you feel best and most beautiful.
I found a couple of other dresses with sleeves that I thought looked cool. I know you said that you weren’t wild about some of the ones you’d seen, but I know that sleeves are something designers are starting to do again, and sleeves are no longer the ugly, puffy shouldered monstrosities of the eighties! 🙂
It might also be possible to talk to a local seamstress or dressmaker and ask her to make something for you. Then you’d have a hand in the design, and you’d be sure to get exactly what makes you feel comfortable.
The other dresses I found are this Reverie by Melissa Sweet one, which would be so cute and kicky for a spring or fall wedding. You could go a little retro with it and have a blast! There’s also this Sottero & Midgely with a beautiful, ethereal bolero.
Hope that helps!
Post # 12
Thank you so much everyone!!!!!
These are all awesome suggestions I hadn’t thought of….or knew about. I love the boleros. From slightly above my elbow to the top of my shoulder on both arms is what I need to cover, so most of my arms can be bare. Just not the whole "short sleeve" sleeve area at the meaty part of the shoulder.
Thank you thank you thank you!
Post # 13
Kristen, when you find a gown that makes you happy, I hope you’ll share!! I know you’ll look beautiful in whatever you choose!
Post # 14
Take a look at the photos from when Mrs. Avocado was choosing her dress. The seamstress at your shop should be able to add a little off-the-shoulder sleeve to many types of dresses, if you just ask. They are used to all kinds of modesty related requests, and many dress designers cater to such requests, providing custom options for higher necklines or various sleeve designs.
And a bolero jacket to match your sash would be great – a very put-together look, but fun and very unique in green!
Post # 15
I found a sheer bodysuit that you can wear under a strapless dress. it comes in different shads of white to match most wedding dress. go to http://www.secondskinbodysuit.com
Post # 15
bodysuit: Now that’s a great idea!