We can all joke about our flabby midlife arms that seem to jiggle like jello. But they’re no laughing matter when in summer you’re struggling to find clothes to cover them up. If you are self-conscious about your arms and want solutions to hide the jiggle and stay cool, this post is for you.
Here are 12 clever ways to hide flabby arms in Summer. For Spring tops see: Best Spring Tops for Aging Arms.
1. Wear 3/4 Length Sleeves
For 99.9% of women who prefer wearing sleeves, it’s their upper arms that they want to cover. One of the best ways to do this is with 3/4 length sleeves.
Besides hiding jiggy upper arms, 3/4 length sleeves make your whole body look trim. That’s because this type of sleeve ends at a very narrow part of your arm, highlighting your firm forearms and delicate wrists and making you look slimmer overall.
Three-quarter length bell sleeves are particularly cute!
2. Choose Eyelet Sleeves
Tops with eyelet sleeves or with laser cutouts are another great way to camouflage your arms in summer. Eyelet’s tiny decorative holes let the air in but don’t reveal a whole lot.
3. Roll Up Your Sleeves
Wearing long sleeves in summer can sometimes make you look stiff and matronly. But if you push up your sleeves, you will get the upper arm coverage you crave, and you will look more sporty and youthful.
These days, many blouses come with roll-tab button cuffs, making it easy to hold your sleeves in place. Roll tab sleeves also give you a relaxed, chic look.
4. Elbow Length Sleeves are Fine Too
Elbow-length sleeves are similar in length to roll up sleeves, so they are another great option. Just avoid any sleeve that is above elbow length ( between the shoulder and the elbow). This includes short sleeves or cap sleeves that barely cover the shoulder. These will draw attention to and emphasize your flabby arms.
5. Opt for Sheer Sleeves
Floaty, sheer sleeves that end at the elbow, forearm, or wrist are super pretty and very summery. Try sheer chiffon and semi-sheer organic linen sleeves to look and feel as light as air while camouflaging arm jiggle. If you can’t find a sheer sleeved top you like, how about a cotton or linen top with sheer insets?
6. Wear Wide, Voluminous Sleeves
Tops with long, regular width sleeves that sit close to the body are hot. So, if you go for a long sleeve, keep your sleeves loose, wide, and voluminous. Kimono sleeves, long flutter sleeves, bell sleeves, or wide sleeves cut on an angle all look great. Scarf tops and Poncho top with batwing-type sleeves covering the upper half of your arms also look stylish.
Peasant blouses always have wide sleeves and are easy to find. This one, with the V-neck, is one of my favorites with jeans.
7. Wear a Light Cardigan, Wrap, or Cute Jacket
If all else fails, throw on a cute cardigan or wrap with a medium with sleeve. A cute cropped jacket is a 40+ gal’s best friend when it comes to covering her arms and shaping her midlife figure.
8. Wear Lace Sleeves
A pretty top or blouse with lace sleeves or lace insets is a fun and feminine way to highlight your arms without baring all.
9. Light, Long Sleeves Are O.K.
Long-sleeved tops are not off the table for summer, so long as you choose a cool, light fabric. A light-colored top with white pants or a white skirt will look summery and keep you fresh because light doesn’t absorb the sun’s heat the way dark colors do. Of course, a top made of light, breathable fabric helps too.
10. Distract with an Off the Shoulder Top
Most women have great shoulders, so a top that covers your arms but exposes your shoulders can be beautiful, alluring, and take the focus completely off your arms.
11. Try Crochet Sleeves
Crochet is a big trend this summer, so why not use it to your advantage to camouflage shy arms? This cute summer top covers lumps and bumps but doesn’t look hot and stuffy.
Tops with long netted sleeves worn over tanks or camisoles are always popular in summer and help divert attention away from saggy arms.
12. Refocus Attention with a Cold Shoulder Top
If you don’t want to go totally off the shoulder, consider a long sleeve cold shoulder top. This is a fabulous way to look sexy and camouflage your arms at the same time.
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?