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Dresses with sleeves to flatter problem upper arms


1940s style dresses

Shop 1940s style dresses with sleeves: Betty Jackson.Black orange floral shirt dress , Maine Aztec print dress, Maine printed linen dress.

We recently had a comment from Lynne on the blog who was desperate to find more 1940s style dresses with sleeves to flatter her figure…

“PLEASE, PLEASE can someone cater more for the over-50’s who have problems with flabby arms? The 1940’s dress styles with their particular sleeves are SUPERB for our age group, but no-one seems to have realised that yet. Anyone who started up a constant range of 1940 styled dresses would make a fortune. It is NOT the same having a shrug cover-up, although they are pretty enough. We need tailored dresses of the 1940’s to help us make the most of our older bodies!” Lynne (age 64) size 14

Well Lynne, you definitely aren’t the only one who feels more comfortable in dresses with sleeves and we at Debenhams like to think that we’ve got plenty of dresses to fit and flatter all age groups. I’ve picked out some dresses which are currently available on the website and hopefully there’ll be something here to inspire you and anyone else who  is self conscious about their upper arm area.

Designers at Debenhams dresses

Shop Designers at Debenhams dresses: Butterfly by Matthew Williamson paisley tunic, Betty Jackson.Black rose print dress, Principles by Ben de Lisi cowl neck dress, Betty Jackson.Black tribal print dress.

Top tips for flattering larger upper arms:

  • Floaty, loose sleeves will be really comfortable and flattering too
  • Try a cape style sheer sleeve for a fashionable way to conceal your upper arms
  • Tighter, more tailored sleeves can look great but be sure to try on for the comfort factor
  • Wearing a statement necklace to draw the eye to the centre of the body is a good trick
  • Make sure to play up the areas of your body that you love, if you’ve got great legs try a shorter length, long sleeved dress for example

Dresses with floaty sleeves

Shop dresses with floaty sleeves: Collection grey tea dress, H! by Henry Holland cherry print dress, Red Herring cape dress, Red Herring floaty dress.

If you find shopping stressful or find it hard to locate the things you want then book a free personal shopper in one of our stores. They’ll be able to help you find the styles that flatter your shape and you can sit back while they do the hard work for you.

Plus don’t forget that in addition to our own brands and fab designer ranges, our website also stocks dresses from brands like Eastex, Alexon, Phase Eight, Kaliko and many more.

Midi and maxi dressesShop midi and maxi dresses: Red Herring paisley maxi dress, Phase Eight Morgan maxi dress, Debenhams Classic swirl print dress, Eastex Empire line dress, Star by Julien Macdonald zebra print maxi dress.

I really hope that helps. As always you can email your style dilemmas to asktheexpert@debenhams.com

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  • Jacqui

    Hi My daughter is getting married in august 2012 i would like some advice on what to wear . I am a young 52 yr old size 12/14 5ft 2  i would like to wear a maxi dress or trousers  i wear high shoes  can you help