By JOSEFA PETE
Here’s the thing; the older I get the more of my body I seem to cover up.
Sure part of this mindset is maturity and that I no longer want to run around in tiny skirts and crop tops, aka the era of my late teens. But part of this mind set is also the fear that I can’t wear certain things, all because of my age and the way my body has changed with that age.
Dresses are rarely the tight fitting variety and more the loose flowing variety. Jeans have a great deal more elastic and if I can layer, then layer I will in an attempt to hide all the imperfections.
Winter is somewhat easier to manage, but with spring and then summer only around the corner the same battles start up again in my head. “You can’t wear this and you can’t wear that.” This winter I need to shed that attitude. I need to stop thinking that my body is not good enough.
So maybe the best place to start is sleeveless dresses; a fashion faux paus in the minds of many women over thirty. The fashion police dictate that arms that aren’t toned, tanned and are prone to sweating need to remain hidden. I call bulls**t on this.
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Dove. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
Let’s throw caution to the wind and get on with it. Here’s how you can rock a sleeveless dress, at any age.
1. Layer it
You can layer sleeveless dresses with light cardigans, silk scarves, vests or jackets. Layer prints with solids for a super cute look. And take old fashion pieces, team them up with new fashion pieces and make it work for the new season.
2. Accessories make the girl
Add a chunky necklace, beautiful earrings or even an arm full of bangles. This can help to shift the focus away from being sleeveless and give you that extra boost of confidence only bling can bring.