The Best Evening Gown Styles That Slightly Cover the Arms

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The Best Evening Gown Styles That Slightly Cover the Arms
Evening gowns that slightly cover the arm combine elegance with classic styling. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

On cool nights, don't let an old shawl or bulky jacket mess with your sexy silhouette. Look demure and elegant in an evening gown that slightly covers the arms. Choose a sleeve style that flatters your body and you're already halfway done. The gown styles that offer slightly modest arm coverage are endless, with options that will compliment any age or body type.

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Cap Sleeve

The cap sleeve creates a classic silhouette that is both feminine and structured. It's a universally flattering look, whether a woman wants to cover up a broad shoulder and upper arm area, or allude to a strong, square shoulder. The cap sleeve is a popular choice among many evening gown styles because it practically sculpts the upper body. The cap sleeve is a perfect finish to a long or short (knee-length) A-line gown.

3/4 Sleeve

The 3/4 sleeve works well for springtime events because it conjures up a preppy style, especially when finished with a crisp collar. Most 3/4-length sleeves are found on A-line and sheath dresses that are made of structured fabrics, such as linen, crepe de chine or taffeta, although they also work with softer, flowing materials as well.

Princess Sleeve

The princess sleeve is a more subtle incarnation of the puff sleeve, using tiny pleats at the shoulder line to add volume. This style of sleeve typically covers about 1/4 of the arm and is finished with a cuff, even if the cuff is simply a band of ribbon. A princess sleeve is just as feminine as it sounds and fits nicely with A-line, baby doll, princess and sheath styles of evening gowns.

Sheer Sleeve

The sheer sleeve gives the illusion of a full sleeve but is created with an airy material. The ultra-demure sleeve is often made from English net, gazar or chiffon, which all have a sheer net effect that can be embellished with beading or lace applique. The other option is fabric with a sheer lacy look, like Lyon lace. The sheer sleeve pairs very well with shorter versions of the sheath, A-line, princess and baby doll evening dress styles.

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