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.
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.
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 focus 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.