Q: I will be attending a fancy outdoor wedding in a warm climate. I hate my arms, and don’t want to show them. Any outfit suggestions?

A: Absolutely, says mermaid Linda Waldon, image stylist to women over 50!

Take care of the three “C’s,” says Linda: you want to be cool, comfortable and covered at your next outdoor summer wedding. She shared ideas for what to wear to a summer wedding that will keep you light, fresh, and oh so stylish.

  • Drapey, flowing dress

For a hot summer wedding, Linda suggests a dress in a drapey, flowing fabric. A dress with 3/4 lace sleeves, cap sleeves, or flowing loose fitting sleeves will keep your arms adorned without being uncomfortable.

Here are some options:

James & Erin Women’s Angel-Sleeve Maxi Dress – $49.50:


Tadashi Shoji Women’s Short Sleeve Lace Midi Dress – $388:

  • Dressy jumpsuit or 2-piece pants + fancy top

As a wedding guest, your role is to relax and have a good time! Says Linda, “I don’t know about you, but loose fitting pants and a beautiful top make me feel relaxed, sexy, and ready for a party.” Linda notes that jumpsuits are very trendy this season. Look for one with a cap or ¾ sleeve, with an easy side zipper for those visits to the ladies room. Wear strappy sandals and you’re good to go! Linda also loves a loose pair of palazzo pants with a chiffon flowing top and strappy sandals.  

Here are some colorful choices:

DVF Faux Wrap Jumpsuit – $249:

Harlyn Twist Front Jumpsuit – $148

  • Delicate, Lightweight Wrap

If you choose to wear a sleeveless cocktail dress, you will likely need something to cover your arms. A wrap will come in handy at the church or synagogue, in an air-conditioned reception hall, or on a patio if the reception is outside. Here is a great one:

Nordstrom Shimmer Wrap – $39

Don’t Sweat It!

These ideas will help you stay cool and comfortable, while still being covered. Get ready to mix and mingle at your next outdoor event. You’ll look hot without feeling hot!

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