What to Wear over Sleeveless Dresses for Arm Coverage; Your Go-To Fashion Guide

That sleeveless dress you found is so cute, but sometimes you just want a bit more coverage on your arms. Is it possible to cover up while keeping the spotlight on the dress? Absolutely! Keep reading to see some of our favorite ways to style a sleeveless dress.

Whether you’re looking for options because of:

  • Comfort
  • Sun protection
  • Temperature control
  • Cultural or religious reasons
  • Professionalism or
  • Style and variety,

We can help you find a look that you’ll feel good in for every occasion, from timeless classics to the newest trends!

Stick to the Classics

The first things that usually come to mind when you consider covering your arms over a sleeveless dress are jackets and cardigans – and for good reason! These timeless pieces provide a quick way to layer your outfit and are always flattering.

Lightweight cardi

Choose a lightweight cardi to keep the sun off on warm days, or a heavier-weight jacket or cardigan to keep you warm when the sun goes down.

Well tailored blazer

A well-tailored blazer offers a more put-together look. Try a versatile neutral or bold hue over a patterned or solid-colored dress for an outfit that looks great and is office friendly!

Silk shawl or pashmina

For a more classy option, try a silk shawl or pashmina, which will drape beautifully over your dress and add that little extra touch of sophistication.

Chunky knit cardigan

Feeling a more relaxed or cozy vibe? You can never go wrong with a chunky knit cardigan! With an open front or off-the-shoulder look, adding warmth, style and texture to your outfit, perfect for breezy summer evenings or autumn outings.

Go for a Layered Look

When it comes to layering tops and dresses, the options are endless. Here are a few of our favorite ways to style this look!

Knotted top

Or try a t-shirt tied in a knot over top of a sundress!

The key to the layered look is a good contrast between your dress and top, so don’t be afraid to play around with colors, patterns, and textures.

Accessorize for Added Coverage


For extra coverage, style, and (just for fun) a mysterious flair, add a wide-brimmed hat and oversized sunglasses!

Stay on Trend

What’s trendy right now? 

Denim jacket coverage

The recent revival of 90s fashion has reignited interest in denim jackets and grunge-inspired flannels. The best part is that you can style them in so many ways! From edgy to soft and sweet, denim jackets are arguably one of the most timeless pieces out there. 

Boho kimonos

Boho kimonos are also popular right now. These light and flowing, often patterned pieces add a laid-back, bohemian vibe to your ensemble all summer long.

Wrapping up

Whether you want more coverage, less, or somewhere in between, from traditional cardigans and blazers to trendy layered tops and accessories, there are countless ways to wear your favorite sleeveless dresses without feeling self-conscious. Remember, fashion is about feeling confident and comfortable. So, don’t be afraid to experiment and find the best combination for you. 

Happy styling!

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