Bingo! I’ve got a solution up my sleeve by Emma Johnston
A regular complaint I hear is of the lack of fabulous dresses with sleeves available at this time of year. Not everyone is happy with their upper arms on show, but yet layering on cardigans, or t-shirts under sleeveless dresses isn’t a good idea in the summer, when the sweat patches are more likely to give you more cause for concern than your bingo wings.
Sleeves will keep you a bit warmer on rainy days, and also can be worn with tights when autumn is looming, which to me, is a good buy. So with that in mind, here’s a few options available on most highstreets now.
From Vero Moda, long sleeved jersey, with draping, in 3 neutral colours. Listed as a long top, it’s longer than some so-called dresses! You could wear it with leggings, and flat ankle boots, or try it belted with low wedged sandals.
Asda jumped on the bandwagon, and featured a range in collaboration with Barbara Hulanicki, the founder of the icon fashion label Biba. A few items from the collections have been very interesting, including this bargain blue printed cowl dress, with flared sleeves. Its certainly a more stylised dress, and will look great with simple black heels and accessories. I personally think that this is a fantastic achievement for George at Asda, but has yet to firmly put them on the fashion map.
Everywhere you look, lace has made a huge comeback in the last 12 months, thanks to That Wedding. I’m not against this trend, per say, but I draw the line at doilies under my vase and fruit bowl. Black lace runs a risk of looking very goth/dated. White lace, is of course a little too weddingy, if not done right. So try some blues as an alternative evening colour. The lace overlaps the bodice of this Phase Eight Rhona dress, which is a nice touch. Pair with silver heels, or even yellow court shoes and bag.
Shirt dresses are prefect for work, and play. If you can afford it, it goes without saying that Diane von Furstenberg is where to look. This belted linen one from Phase Eight is a nice alternative. Tan wedged sandals, or even flip flops, and a large bag, would complete this look. Cooler days, add a colourful neck scarf, and boots.
Looking like it comes straight from Cath Kidston, H&M have ticked all the right boxes with this floral dress, down to £12.49. Its crepe, perfect for holiday wear, with elasticated cuffs and waist, and slightly opaque sleeves. Knee length too, so suitable for all events. Floral dresses can make the autumn transition with a woolly cardigan, and chunky boots, with thick tights.
Looking worth much more than its £9.99 price tag, H&M yet again offer a dress that will keep you covered, and fabulous. It is collarless, with a wrap style top, but solid skirt, preventing the wind causing any embarrassments. The crepe material and 3/4 length sleeves make it more casual, yet classy. In 3 different colours, you might have more luck in store getting your size, but its certainly one to buy.
So although I will admit that there are many many shops who are not offering any dresses with sleeves, its still possible to find something to suit even the most discerning of shoppers, on all budgets.