Wedding dresses that cover your back and shoulders #Fashion Advice#affiliate#body image#dress shopping#omg dresses#wedding dress with sleeves Posted May 8 2020 Ariel arielmstallings This post features offbeat affiliates, meaning that if you buy something featured, you'll be financially supporting this site's mission of bringing awesomeness to readers everywhere. This dress is by longtime Offbeat Bride fave, WardobeByDulcinea I've been trying to find wedding dress styles that are short sleeve but offer back coverage. I have had issues with mild acne & severe keloid scarring, specific to my shoulders and back my entire life. Everyone likes to default to "see a dermatologist" or "use accutane" or "you'll still look great!" when I bring this up. Trust me, if there was a way to get rid of it without severely altering the chemical make up of my body, I would have done it. Also, my scarring is glaringly obvious — and I don't want to have to answer questions about it or look back at my photos and be distracted by my skin. So, REALLY, I need an alternative wedding dress. Even boleros & jackets are often see-through. I'm having a very hard time finding attractive dresses that fit that one little criteria. -Rachel Well, first I'mma piss you off and say that big picture, I'd encourage you to learn to love your back, and all make friends with all aspects of your body." It's a process takes time, but it's a process I fully encourage you to attend to because… your back is strong! The skin on it may be scarred, but your back has held you up, protected you, and kept you upright for your whole life! I love your back for all it has done for you. I'll also share here: my stomach is criss-crossed with surgical scars and crinkled from a pregnancy. I hid it for years, but at a certain point I decided I wanted to invest my energy differently, and I shifted gears to celebrating it. I got a few tattoos to decorate the scars, started working out so I could learn to understand my stomach's value for strength (instead of just appearances) and slowly learned to love it in all its scarred, stretched out glory. So, big picture: learning to love the body parts you're challenged by is well worth the investment. But that takes time. For now, you may just want to find a dress that you feel comfortable in, and I'm not surprised that you're having trouble finding wedding dresses that cover your back! There are reasons, here — strapless dresses have been popular for over a decade because, well, sleeves are a pain to make! Seriously, that's why strapless dresses are so common: they're easier for dressmaker to make. Also, since traditional weddings feature the bride and groom standing at an altar with their back to their guests, traditional dresses have been all about giving folks lots to look at: that's why there are so many dresses with dramatic plunging backs, and so many buttons, bows, lace, and embellishments on the back. But I love a challenge, so I rounded up some dresses for you with short sleeves AND full back coverage, all with a slightly offbeat flavor. Some of them show more shoulders, some of them show almost none. I'mma start relatively traditional, and get increasingly offbeat as we go on… Lace sleeves, complete shoulder coverage This dress is from Anna Skoblikova, who's featured in the Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide. Cap sleeves, some shoulder coverage, buttons up the back This gown shows a little bit more shoulders, but is still totally full coverage on your back. from Etsy seller Bridal Garden Studio Mid-length sleeves, full-length wedding gown, full back coverage This dress has mid-length sleeves, and only moderate shoulder coverage. It's from Wardrobe by Dulcinea, another Offbeat Bride Vendor Guide member. Retro tea-length wedding dress with full back coverage but only moderate shoulder coverage This vintage-styled little number is from Dolly Couture. Super modern minimal wedding dress skirt & top with full back coverage This one is from BHLDN, and it's actually a two-piece. It's just got the tiniest little keyhole open in the back… and you could totally sew that shut if you wanted to! The shoulders are almost completely covered. Two-piece boho linen wedding dress with full shoulder and back coverage If you're going for a more bohemian / rustic feel, this two-piece linen dress from Cozy Blue Linen gives you a more laid-back vibe, and it's got completely shoulder and back coverage! Lace cap-sleeved wedding dress with full back coverage This one might show too much shoulder, but if you want to go super low budget, this dress is available on Amazon for about $100. Ombre wedding dress with full back coverage If you want something a little bit more colorful, this ombre wedding dress gives a pop of color while still covering your shoulders and back. Longsleeved full back coverage light blue wedding dress I know you said you were looking for short sleeved, but how can you resist this long-sleeved wonder from Etsy seller CathyTelle?! Its high neck gives complete opaque coverage on both the back and shoulders! Viking queen wedding dress with furry hood and full back Ok, now we're getting into some really offbeat stuff… if you're having a winter wedding, your options just got AMAZING. This is a Viking queen wedding dress from longtime Offbeat Bride faves, KMKDesigns! I hope that was helpful! Here's my pro-tip: if you want to find wedding dresses that cover your back, try searching for modest wedding dresses — you'll have to wade through lots of long sleeve options, but modest or conservative wedding dresses are more likely to have full back and shoulder coverage. Related Post Why do I have cleavage on my back? Learning to love your Venus Fold For a lot of women, their first experience with a structural shaping garment other than a bra is a corset-back wedding dress -- and they quickly learn that a corset… Read More Ariel Author of three editions of the Offbeat Bride book and the forthcoming From Shitshow To Afterglow, Ariel Meadow Stallings acts as the publisher of all the Offbeat Empire websites. She lives in Seattle with her son, and if she's not reading or writing books, chances are good that she's dancing or happy-crying. She writes weekly essays for her new publication, The Afterglow. PREVIOUS NOLA destination wedding: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler! NEXT A wild zoo wedding — don't miss the animal-print shoes! Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Normally I am totally on team "learn to accept and maybe even love your body as it is," but I think there is an important part of this question missed in your introduction to the post: "…and I don't want to have to answer questions about it." As someone who also has tons of back acne and raised, noticeable scarring, I would like to gently point out that it is both possible to accept and love your body as is, and still not want to have conversations about it with 2-200 of your nearest and dearest. For me personally, I love my body and am thankful for all it has done for me. And I still don't want to have a million conversations with people about my body, or my choices about my body, literally ever. Personally, if I had a nickel for every unsolicited comment made about my body or apperance — up to and including literal moments before I walked down the hecking aisle — I would have been able to pay for our wedding twice over. So like… Let a pal wear what they want on their wedding day without a (well intentioned) lecture about loving their bod as is first. As far as we know, OP loves their back and is just tired af of justifying themselves or their choices to folks. Reply PS: For OP/question asker — I ordered my dress off of an Etsy seller, and picked out one I loved with long sleeves. When it arrived, I had the sleeves altered to my preferred length, and since it was a non-traditional wedding dress, the alterations cost me very little. Might be an option if you're finding styles you love that have sleeves too long for your taste, but back coverage, which was one of the issues I ran into 🙂 Reply Stunning photos. Thank you for sharing such beautiful clicks. Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. 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