The night looks perfect- you have your date, dinner and a cab all lined up. And you love your new dress. Except, you’re hot, you’re cold and then you’re hot again. Or maybe you’re just always cold. Or maybe it’s one those days when the idea of baring your arms is unbearable. While it would be a lot easier if party dresses came with sleeves, they rarely do. Here are three ways to stay warm or undercover, whichever you’d prefer.
You can cheerfully sit in the draft or under the air conditioning in a beaded cardigan. The mainstay of 1950s cocktail parties is just as appropriate today. Plus, it will look equally chic with chinos and flats at brunch on the weekend.
A lace jacket will keep your arms undercover without decreasing the dressiness or adding warmth. And remember, lace is delicate so either use a padded hanger or store it flat wrapped in tissue paper.
If you wear an embellished wrap hanging from both shoulders you’ll look like a Spanish widow. To look like a sexy Senorita, wear it over one shoulder and in the crook of the opposite elbow. When you get cold, wrap the elbow side across yourself.