Post # 1
So, let me start off by saying I am in love with my dress. I bought the Alfred Angelo, 1153. When trying on the dress, I was a little bit heavier (I’ve lost almost 15 lbs!), though I’m still about a size 22. While this sounds great, it means I’m a little… uh…looser… in places. I’ll just come out and say it… I have granny arms. I am so embarrassed. I almost wish I hadn’t lost the weight. I’ve tried toning and lifting weights, but I’m just not getting the results I want. I immediately thought, “I’ll get a bolero!” to cover my horrible arms, but I’m worried it will look wrong with my dress, which is very detailed and has lots of beading. I’m also experiencing a lot of guilt… my mom specifically asked me “Are you going to be comfortable going sleeveless?” when we bought the dress. And I enthusiastically told her “YES!” because at the time I was.
I’ve included a (crappy cell-phone) picture of me in the dress, as well as a stock photo.
What do you think? Can I pull off a bolero in this dress? If so, what KIND? There are billions to choose from… any links or suggestions you can post (or encouragement!) would be greatly appreciated!!!
Post # 3
You can definatley do a bolero or you could have them put on a capped sleeve or even like a three-quarters length sleeve, they put on whatever you want!!
Post # 4
I think you could pull a bolero off with this dress. I found this one on etsy:
While its not your size (we’re the same size!) she does do custom boleros. Check out the rest of her work too- beautiful! I actually think Mrs. Cowboy Boots may have gotten her shrug from this vendor? You might be able to ask her to do a long-sleeved version, if that’s what you want.
This etsy vendor also sells boleros, but for less then several others and she does custom work, so maybe you could ask her to make you a nice matching bolero.
Here is a bolero that is quite beautiful and size customizable, but a bit pricy:
Post # 5
I actually bought my bolero on Etsy too… I was very happy with it although I just bought it for the church (modesty) but it was WAY TOO HOT in there for me to wear it (it was unseasonably warm that day and that plus the lights was INSANE!)
I’d say to do a custom listing (alchemy) on etsy and see what results you get!
Post # 6
I wore a bolero with a similar dress and I got nothing but compliments, plus I felt much more confident. Mine was this one (I was married in a castle, so I wanted the Renaissance feel):
Post # 7
I think you could totally wear a shawl/pashmina. Check out Mrs. Cherry Pie’s recaps. She’s wearing one in some of the pictures and I love the way she tied hers.
Post # 8
you can totally wear a bolero with that dress.. unfortunately i dont know the material of your dress, but it looks like either satin or organza.. so you can definitely wear a satin or organza bolero maybe 3/4 or long sleeves since you are getting married in the fall…lace should be ok too… you just need to go and find something.. im wearing a lace bolero just for the ceremony and formal pictures, and i had my lady at the bridal store ordered it for me..i was worry bolero and dress wouldnt match BUT they look GREAT together..
Post # 10
You can totally wear a bolero. I would just be careful about it being too busy. The dress has great details that you don’t want to take away from. I will also say that I think the dress looks fabulous on you as is! Not sure you need one but it is totally about how you feel comfortable.
This site has some really nice plainer ones.
Post # 11
I have the same problem as you so here are some tips. Get your arms tan, if you are wearing a vail get one long enough in the back to hide your arms. You would be suprised at how much that hides them. Your dress is stunning and you deserve to feel beautiful on your special day. Here is my dress.
Post # 12
@ Inoklahoma Thanks for the tips! Your dress is GORGEOUS, btw! LOVE the detail around the hem!