The arms are one of the first things to go. You wake up one day, look in the mirror and are stunned to see that your once shapely upper arms have suddenly turned to flab and are hanging down like big hunks of wobbly jello. How did this happen, and if it bothers you, what the heck can you do about it?
In winter, it’s easy – wear sleeves. In summer, it’s tricky. A lot of women don’t feel comfortable unless they cover up their arms even in the hottest of weather. So what can you wear that is cool but gives your arms some coverage?
Here are 10 clever ways to cover your arms in summer.
1. Wear 3/4 Length Sleeves
For 99.9% of women who like to cover their arms, it is the upper part of their arms they’re concerned about. Three-quarter length sleeves are a lifesaver. Not only do they cover the flab on your upper arms but they make your whole body look trim. Since they end at a very narrow part of your arm, they highlight your firm forearm and delicate wrist, which makes you look slimmer.
2. Choose Netted or Perforated Sleeves
Netted tops over tanks or camisoles have been a huge trend and work well to divert attention away from saggy arms. Tops with perforated sleeves work really well too and give off a thoroughly modern vibe.
3. Roll up Your Sleeves
If you can’t find a 3/4 length top you can get the same look by wearing a long-sleeved sweater or shirt and pushing or rolling up the sleeves. Many blouses come with roll up tabs which make it easy to hold sleeves in place. Elbow length sleeves ( as seen below) are another great option.
4. Go Sheer
A Top with sheer sleeves is an excellent way to be covered up but not look boring. Celebrities like Sophia Loren employ this arm dressing trick all the time. Sheer Chiffon and semi-sheer organic linen sleeves give you an airy look while hiding the jiggle. Peasant blouses, which are very in at the moment, often have sheer sleeves.
5. Wear Long, Wide Sleeves
Long sleeves can be hot if they are close to the body, so instead, try tops with wide sleeves that are long enough to cover the problem area. Kimono sleeves, long flutter sleeves or bell sleeves can look great. Poncho tops with voluminous sleeves camouflage saggy arms very well.
6. Avoid Very Short Sleeves
If you want to downplay your arms, stay away from sleeves that end at any point between the shoulder and elbow. This includes short sleeves or cap sleeves which barely cover the shoulder. These will draw attention to and emphasize your flabby arms. Also, steer clear of sleeves with ruffles, as all that bulk will pump up your arms even more.
7. Wear Lace Sleeves
A pretty top with lace or eyelet sleeves is a fun and feminine way to highlight your arms without baring all.
8. Play with an Off the Shoulder Top
Most women have great shoulders, so a top that covers the arms but exposes the shoulders can be very pretty and alluring.
9. Opt for a Cold Shoulder Top
If you don’t want to go totally off the shoulder, consider a long sleeve cold shoulder top. Your arms and shoulders are covered except for the cut out at the shoulder that shows a hint too of skin. This is a fabulous way to look sexy and camouflage your arms at the same time.
10. Wear a Light Cardigan, Wrap or Cute Jacket
If all else fails, just throw on a cute cardigan or wrap. A fitted jacket is a 40+ gal’s best friend when it comes to covering her arms and shaping her mature figure.
Want to know more? You can listen to me speak on this subject. Check out my Podcast –What to Wear in Summer to hide your Arms?
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