While I prefer dresses with sleeves, they are difficult to find. But since we don’t all have FLOTUS’s arms or work in offices where bare arms are okay, we need to learn how to style sleeveless dresses.
This J.Crew dress has a nice look to it; the leather accent is a nice touch. My favorite sleeveless dress on the market right now is this blush-colored Ann Taylor sheath. This bright green Black Halo dress also caught my eye. And if you still need a basic black dress, try this $79 Tahari v-neck dress.
A sheath dress is the perfect foundation for a peplum blazer. This Theory jacket is a fabulous option. If you need something more affordable, H&M has a gorgeous dark grey jacket. I also like this ivory peplum jacket from Off5th.
Pins and brooches are hot right now. I love the look of these brooches from Baublebar. I also like this Glitter Eye brooch and this Bling jewelry pearl brooch. A brooch is a great way to add sparkle and color to your outfit.
A chunky sweater is a nice contrast to a sleek sheath. I love this midnight navy cardigan as a complement to the black and ivory dress. Thins grey oversized cocoon cardigan and this Mango cardigan comes in several lovely colors for an affordable $60.
To complete the look, I chose a sleek statement belt and a pair of booties. If you’re looking for a wider belt, this WHBM double buckle belt is a great choice. I also like this Pieces round buckle belt for $18.
Wearing a blouse under the sleeveless dress is a great way to cover up if it’s done right. The blouse needs to be in a light material because a heavy one will look bulky or matronly. This graphic printed Preen blouse has the same base color palette as the dress with some additional pops of color.
This petite floral blouse from Wallis is also a nice choice. This 1 State floral chiffon blouse in shades of blue is also nice. For something short sleeve, this melted tweed blouse from The Kooples is great. I also like this geo-print placket blouse.
If you’re wearing a cool printed blouse, you need equally chic earrings. I thought these Elizabeth and James ear crawlers were a nice choice. For something more affordable, I recommend these Open Space Greeley ear crawlers.