How would this dress look with long sleeves?

posted 2 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

jellybean86 :  tbh, sleeves tend to make arms look bigger. I know it’s counter intuitive, but if you hate your arms I’d go strapless. 

Post # 3
11526 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

jellybean86 :  your dress looks great on you!

Cap sleeves are hard to wear, so they could either be cut and you have bare arms or you could have sheer sleeves added, which would probably help show off your toning and take care of anything you’re self-conscious about. I love a sheer sleeve for arms, they are very flattering. 

but, your arms look great in this pic, so I’m just going off of your feelings not what I’m seeing:-) 

Post # 4
139 posts
Blushing bee

Like PP said, sleeves actually draw attention to your arms. It makes no sense, I know, but that’s how it goes.

Personally, I would remove the cap sleeve and just have the straps – easily done too. But, you are the one who needs to feel amazing in this dress, so if having a sleeve will do that for you, then go for it. A seamstress will need to remove the cap sleeve entirely then make a full sleeve from scratch. I recommend asking her to remove some of the lace appliques from the skirt in a couple unnoticeable locations so she can apply them to sleeves and tie them together. That way, it will look like part of the dress and not just tacked on.

Post # 5
2664 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I think you look gorgeous! If you’re insistent on adding a sleeve then I’d only go for a part length mesh sleeve. But I don’t think it will help your predicament. Your arms are what you have – be proud of beginning healthier! Well done to you.

I’d loosen the hair though (I know that’s not your trial).

Post # 6
4002 posts
Honey bee

I think your dress would look great with long sleeves. A thousand people may tell you that your arms look fine (and they do) but if you have a thing about your arms then I think you will feel better with a sleeve.

It’s a BEAUTIFUL dress. Very timeless.

Post # 7
2780 posts
Sugar bee

I wouldn’t put sleeves on that.

Post # 8
2670 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

jellybean86 :  I think you’d be better off getting a complimentary bolero, then you have the option of taking it off if you get warm.

Post # 9
90 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I honestly think your arms look fine but I know what it’s like to be self conscious about something! If you do add sleeves, consider three quarter length to end (when your arms are by your side) at the your narrowest point (ie your lovely little waist!). This was something that the bridal boutique I got my dress at pointed out and it makes such a difference, drawing the eye to your waist!

Post # 10
8841 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

jellybean86 :  

I agree with observer :  and bellabobies :your arms look fine  but you   are the one who needs to be happy . I think 3/4 length sheer sleeves, maybe  with an  edging of lace the bottom  would look  great.  The  cap sleeves you presently have are not particularly  flattering , but I  disagree   that  sleeves   always make arms look look bigger,  usually only those which cut at the widest point do.

Or a bolero as has also been suggested .  Both options would need the cap sleeves to be removed . Also imho, the neckline  would look even better  widened to a more  bateau style , or even off-the-shoulder. 

PS well done you on a masterful weight  loss  journey! 


Post # 11
394 posts
Helper bee

Lol. I have to say lke so many bees – you look wonderful – the dress is flattering and your arms look fine but I do respect and understand it is how you feel.  To be honest almost anything can be altereed and refashioned if you want to spend the money  They could remove or reduce eh cap sleeves and add illusion – I woudl try to add some lace or something to tie the dress together or add soem beading osr soemthing to the dress and sleeves that tied them together.


I agree a bolero style jacket might be an option or even overshirt idea  with very stylized sleeves would look wonderful.  (like a seethrough blouse or again bolero.  If you find it too expensive long gloves sometimes can help disguise this kind of issue – though again I don’t see a problem.  


You need to be confident –  you truly do look lovely in this dress regardless of  your decision.

Post # 12
377 posts
Helper bee

I echo the PPs that say sleeves make ones arms look bigger. I have been training for 25+ years and i am pretty fit, cap sleeves make my arms look terrible, bigger than they are and bulky. I HATE cap sleeves and avoid them at all costs. I think you should remove the caps to make it “sleeveless” or halter style. I think the dress looks great on you!!

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