Dresses with Cap Sleeves

The shortest of sleeves, cap sleeves sit just at the top of the shoulders, capping them, while a short sleeve hits horizontally across the arm, and is actually just a tad longer than a cap sleeve. A modest cap sleeve dress lets you show off the arm with a bit more coverage than sleeveless cuts that can be revealing around the arm opening.

The diagonal cut of cap sleeve dresses covers less of the shoulder, and is far more flattering and feminine than the horizontal edge of the regular short sleeves we often see used in menswear. 

This concept is beautifully demonstrated in the Mori Lee 717 bridesmaid dress. This fit-and-flare full-length gown features a flattering V-neckline and a ‘peek-a-boo’ lace cap sleeves cupping the shoulders.  And excellent compliment to a cap sleeve wedding dress.

Those with muscular arms should opt for cap sleeve tops, sleeveless dresses, or long sleeve looks to lengthen the arm rather than cutting it off by putting a horizontal line at the largest part of it. Conventional short sleeves will only make your arm look thicker, and unless you are very thin, or a man flaunting your guns, these should be avoided at all costs.

The Allure 1410 bridesmaid dress is a stunning example of how a cap sleeve lace dress can bring a youthful feel. Made of allover lace, lined in charmeuse, and gently fitted to just above knee length, this look is stunning for an informal wedding ceremony.

The cap sleeve gets more formal in the Alfred Sung D574 bridesmaid dress. This distinctive silk dupioni dress is topped off with longer cap sleeves, less fitted around the arm and finished with decorative folds at the shoulder. These wider sleeves broaden the shoulders and balance a full A-line skirt, with crisp box pleating.

Cap sleeve gowns are perfect for church weddings where the shoulders may need to be covered or for anyone who just feels a little more comfortable with a little bit of a sleeve.