This mom says no to sleeveless: Mom Chic

Grace, from from Formerly Gracie, and I were chatting fashion recently. She’s not a fan of sleeveless, so she’s looking for tops and dresses that cover her arms, likes quarter sleeves that are sort of flowy. But she has to be careful because, like me, she’s petite and too flowy overflows the body and swamps us, so we’re left to swim.

And we don’t want to drown in our clothes.

I shopped around for both summer and fall looks for Grace and found a few that are so totally worth sharing.

This Fire Lace Sleeve Top is in Nordstrom Juniors Department and works for so many reasons. The sleeves are flowy, yet confined in their cut, and the cut of the top is a bit fitted, which is better for petites than the boxy cuts that are being shown so many places lately. It’s listed at $24.9o at the Anniversary Sale.

The Eliza J Faux Wrap Dress is currently sold out, and I looked for it elsewhere, but couldn’t find it. Still, the style of this dress is absolutely perfect for hiding the arms, yet looking respectable, respectful and a bit sassy and sexy. It’s destined to be a classic.  It’s on sale for $78 during the Anniversary Sale and will soon go back up to $118. Still worth the purchase to me.  The dress is available in petite and regular. Keep an eye on it for when it’s back in stock. I know I’m watching for it. (They do have size 8 in a beautiful Teal still available. Anyone an 8? Put it in your cart and buy it before another Just Precious reader does.

As I was searching for suggestions, Grace found the Donna Morgan Dolman Sleeve Dress. (Maybe she didn’t really need me!) Another dress that covers the arms nicely, this is more modest, and another destined to be a classic. I love the skinny belt accentuating a waste, too. But not in a loud manner. It’s available in Pomogranate and Teal and retails for $158, but is $104 during the sale.

Hope that helps your shopping this season, Grace!

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mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. says

    Love that Eliza J too!! I swear I saw one similar recently and almost got it but I’m having a brain fart about where it was. If I find, I’ll get you a link!

    And LOL on the Kelly/Julie comments

  2. says

    This is FABULOUS, Julie! Thanks for bringing about greater sleeve-awareness. Me and my… um, guns, appreciate it! haha

    The wrap dress is perfect, and flattering in any size. I hope they bring it back too!

    • says

      I totally agree with you, Sara, but Grace has her reasons… just like we all have our reasons for our wardrobe rules. Thanks so much for visiting and commenting!


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