How To Cover Flabby Arms

If there’s one part of the body that gals our age are sensitive about, it ‘s our arms. I’m all for women having the right to bare arms at any age, but I have received a lot of letters from readers who would just rather not have all that wiggle and jiggle going on in public.

O.K., fair enough. Then, what’s a good way to cover up without feeling too warm all the time or looking too old lady? (Remember showing some skin is youthful.)

1. Go For 3/4 Length Sleeves

3/4 length  sleeves are a  lifesaver.  They cover the flab on your upper arms and they also help flatter your figure. How? 3/4 length sleeves end at a very narrow part of your arm, highlighting your firm forearm and delicate wrist,  making you look slimmer.  (Aging celebrities wear this length a lot)

You can also wear a long sleeve sweater or shirt ( with or without shapewear) and just push or roll up the sleeves to get a similar look. Elbow length sleeves are also an option.

three quarter length sleeves



Do avoid sleeves that end at any point between the shoulder and elbow. No half sleeves, or cap sleeves which barely cover the shoulder. Also, stay clear of sleeves with ruffles. All that bulk will pump up your arms.

2. Try a Wide, Long Sleeve

Wide sleeves work really well too, so long as they are long enough  to cover the problem area. You can go with a  kimono sleeve, a long flutter sleeve  or a bell sleeve. There are a lot of ponchos out there with voluminous sleeves that are the perfect camouflage for saggy arms.

3. Enjoy Sheer Long Sleeves

If you prefer to wear long sleeves , try a sheer or lace sleeve so you don’t look so weighed down. These look especially lovely as the sleeve on a cocktail  or party dresses.

Of course, a wrap goes a long way too to cover your upper arms at night, and the nice thing is it won’t detract from the elegance of an evening dress.

how to cover flabby arms



4. Wear Dark Colored Sleeves

Darker, solid colors are more slimming that light. A navy top with navy sleeves is more slimming to the arms than a lighter/brighter, multicolored top.

5. Test Out These 2 Sleeveless Styles – They May Solve Your Problem!

Halter  style and off the shoulder dresses are sleeveless, so why would I suggest you wear one if you don’t want anyone looking at your arms? An off the shoulder or halter  can actually takes the emphasis off the upper arms by putting the foucs on the shoulders and neck. You may be surprised to see that you’ve worrying about your upper arms for nothing. Here’s a great example of  how a one shoulder dress can actually help hide flabby arms.

If all else fails, just throw on a cute jacket. A fitted jacket is a 40+ gal’s best friend when it comes to covering and shaping your mature figure.

Pep Up Your Wardrobe -Try a Poncho

My lifestyle is very casual, but I miss the old days when I used to get all dressed up for work, so I’m always on the lookout for something a little special- something casual but with a touch of drama to it.

I’ve always been crazy about capes and wraps,  so when I spotted this interesting poncho at the start of the season, I just had to have it.

I’ve been wearing it for about two weeks now and boy, is it ever comfy and cozy! It’s a thick black knit – pretty much a knitted square folded over – with a turtleneck and a big button on either side to give it some waist definition.

black poncho

I thought at first it might wash me out but with that red underneath and some bright lipstick, I’m fine. When you really love a piece it can transform you. This poncho makes me feel casual, modern and chic. It gives me pep.

black poncho by carA poncho is a great thing to wear out shopping. You can see I was on my way to the mall here. I’ve also worn my poncho out to the movies, to drive the kids to the dentist, to go visit my mom and over to my health club. It’s the perfect running around in cover-up. I  throw it on when it’s cool, but not freezing, layering it with a sweater or a blouse. (My leopard print blouse looks great with this too.)

black poncho knit

Here’s me back from the market with my Halloween pumpkin. I was laughing like crazy when my son took this photo because I was thinking that posing with this pumpkin, I must have looked 9 months pregnant! Great fun!

chunky black knit poncho

After I got back from shopping, I went downtown in this outfit to catch the highlights of Toronto Fashion week at a Saturday fashion show. Check my other post for photos of some of the ladies who attended the main shows during the week.

Mine is only one example of the many ponchos out there. There are other wooly types like this, also many blanket style ( plaid is popular). There are ponchos that are like mini capes; they’re a little more formal. Just start shopping and you will see what I mean. Here’s a few I found I really like. (Mine is sold out)

A final note: I just want  to mention that often we focus so much on our indoor clothes that we forget to update our outerwear. A poncho is a great statement piece that really sets the scene for your casual style. What good is it to put together a fab outfit and then show up wearing a boring or ratty old coat over top?

Maybe, I’m wrong but I notice that my European friends tend to get this more. I have several girlfriends from Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Italy etc. and they always have the most fabulous outerwear -both dressy and casual. They walk into a room in their beautiful coats and look so confident and stylish. And of course, when you look great, you feel great too, which of course is the key to looking Fabulous at 40, 50, 60 and beyond.

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