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Do you ever wear a shirt under your sleeveless dresses?

Started 1280225863.597 in Fashion Talk | Last reply 1280280537.997 by crdlb

I hate my upper arms but a lot of cute dresses I see are sleeveless{#emotions_dlg.angry} I thought of maybe putting something under it but I don't know how funny it would look. Any thoughts?

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AngelPuppy11280228952.288794 PostsRegistered 5/26/2008

I used to have a cute denim dress that was sleeveless and I wore colored t-shirts underneath and that looked cute. I don't see why you couldn't do that. Or what about one of those little short-sleeved cardigans that are out? That would look nice, too. And you would have some coverage. I don't like my upper arms to show that much either!!!

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Rock_chick1280232150.0438752 PostsRegistered 10/29/2007Central Texas

Yes, if it is a complimentary color and I like to experiment with different colors. DH and DD's love it!

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Mathilde1280235524.1471091 PostsRegistered 2/29/2008

I have a closet full of dresses and shrugs or little cardigans in almost every imaginable style in black and white and several colors. I wear them when I wear a dress to the office. They aren't big and bulky and don't detract from the style of the dresses.

But, I have a couple of dresses that I wear shirts under. IMO the neck and sleeves of the dress need to be large enough so that the shirt looks like it belongs to the dress and isn't sqeezed on under the dress, and the shirt should be fitted.

Since dresses have become so popular, it is has interested me how many of them are sleeveless even in styles that are obviously not for very young women and even if they are made to be worn in cold weather. I've discussed this with sales clerks in several large department stores, and they don't understand the designers either. They hear this very common complaint from many of their customers. A lot of women want some kind of sleeve in their dresses.

house_cat12802367718424 PostsRegistered 6/28/2009Southern California

Yes, but generally just another sleeveless one that complements it - because I absolutely hate when the armholes are too big.. also, I'm a teacher and I won't wear anything that's low cut, front or back, even though I live in a hot climate. Sometimes a simple black or white tank or cami that's showing out under a simple summer dress is all it takes to make it appropriate. A tee shirt would work, also, in most cases.


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Candice31501280239036.527778 PostsRegistered 6/8/2009

IMO, you have to be careful wearing t-shirts under sleeveless dresses because it can end up looking like the old jumper style from the 90's that's really outdated now. I'm more likely to wear a shrug or cute jacket over it or, a matching tank top under it. Sometimes both, depending on how low cut it is.

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GoodStuff1280241569.515472 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

A shirt looks too bulky under most dresses, so I opt instead for a light jacket or cardigan if I want to cover my arms. If a dress is made of a substantial material (like denim or wool) that won't show rumples from a shirt worn underneath and the neckline and sleeve openings are cut large enough to accommodate a shirt without squeezing and squishing, the dress might work as a "jumper" over a shirt -- but I don't have many dresses this is true for.

grannyjann­ie1280241636.28723 PostsRegistered 11/17/2006West of the Windy City

I NEVER, EVER expose my upper arms - I opt to wear a very lightweight cardigan over sleeveless dresses.

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fashionfav­es1280241977.9273018 PostsRegistered 1/23/2005Just South of Sanity! ;)

Not in this heat. I used to be really concerned about showing my upper arms. I've lost weight and they still aren't great. I was mentioning this to my Mom's hair stylist and she said, "I've never even noticed your arms. Don't worry about it." This gal is nice and I've known her for years so I trust what she says. I think sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

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GoodStuff1280242364.77715472 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

In the extreme heat we're having this summer, I'm sometimes showing arms whether they're toned and trim or not! When I'm spending time outdoors, it's just too hot to do otherwise.

MarthaStew­ardess1280242572.017366 PostsRegistered 11/14/2006

No, I don't like the look at all.

chrystaltr­ee1280243539.9513052 PostsRegistered 5/10/2010

I also have upper arm issues but I would not in a million years wear a shirt under a sleevless dress. That jumper look wouldn't work for me on any level. I wear light, 3/4 sleeve cardigans over my sleevless dresses. I also have a black bolero jacket from last year, it's not too short, that I wear over sleevless dresses. I have also worn a crisp, white shirt over a sleevless dress. I have a small waist, so I tie the shirt at the waist, I roll up the sleeves and I unbutton the shirt almost to the waist. I really, really like that look.

LipstickDi­va1280243744.5539165 PostsRegistered 4/22/2005On the Lake in Ohio

I think it depends on the dress. Under most summer dresses? I would not wear a shirt with sleeves. I don't like the look. However, I think a shrug might look cute.

I have a couple of winter sleeveless dresses that I wear a blouse under and it looks quite nice. They are wool or wool blend dresses that are sleeveless and zip up the back.

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qvcfreak1280248255.5336157 PostsRegistered 3/14/2005

I don't do that, but I hate sleeveless anything so I just have several styles if little jackets and sweaters that look great and compliment the dress or top.

wilma1280274195.2513148 PostsRegistered 7/10/2007
On 7/27/2010 qvcfreak said:

I don't do that, but I hate sleeveless anything so I just have several styles if little jackets and sweaters that look great and compliment the dress or top.

That's what I do too!

Cindy Shop­per1280276814.6210677 PostsRegistered 11/14/2007

I have worn this look in the fall or winter. I think it looks chic.

lkjhg1280280007.3473998 PostsRegistered 7/3/2008
On 7/27/2010 MarthaStewardess said:

No, I don't like the look at all.

Totally agree. Looks really outdated.

StylishLady1280280281.9234118 PostsRegistered 11/25/2009Florida

Rather than wear a shirt/blouse under, I will wear a nice jacket over a dress if I need additional warmth in colder weather or when the AC is set so cold.

crdlb1280280537.99713181 PostsRegistered 6/24/2009So. Cal.

I think tshirts look really cute under spaghetti strap dresses or camis. I'm not sure about sleeveless dresses. It would depend on the style of the dress and the style of the shirt. If it looks layered, it's good. If it looks like you're wearing a blouse to cover your arms, not so good. In that case, I'd put the blouse on the outside.

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