How many times have I heard a variation of this phrase, coming out of my mouth or a girlfriend’s?
“I can’t wear dresses, I hate my legs.”
“I can’t wear button-up blouses, my boobs are too big.”
“Skinny jeans? No. Not for me.”
In my case, it was sleeveless. Of course I’d bare my arms at the beach, but I’d never have dreamt of going sleeveless to a dressy event.
Do you know how many cute cocktail dresses there are out there with sleeves? Ones that don’t look like grandmother-of-the-bride dresses? Not very many. So those of us who are insecure about our arms are relegated to the land of shrugs and shawls. I don’t like this land. It’s a fussy place where you’re always tugging at things around your shoulders, you’ve got extra bulk around your boobs, and the colors never match quite right.
Then something happened. I’d lost a few pounds so I was feeling better about myself than usual, I fell in love with a little black lace-overlay cocktail number, and my company’s holiday party was coming up.
“I’ll just try it on,” I thought. “I’ll see what it looks like.”
I don’t even know if Adrianna Papell is a real person, but if she is, bless her heart, because apparently she understands my body perfectly. This dress is cut to accentuate the smallest part of my midsection, it fits great in the bust, and the way arm holes are cut is perfect for me to go sleeveless: no gaping, no bra showing, no tugging.
(This dress is several seasons old, but I’ve since bought other Adrianna Papell dresses at Nordstrom, and those fit great and are flattering, too. This one , available now, is similar to my Breakthrough Dress.)