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 hunks of wobbly jello. (My girlfriends and I joke about our jiggly bingo wings all the time – lol!) How did this happen, and what can you wear to camouflage your jiggly arms if they really bother you?
In winter, it’s easy – just wear tops and dress with long sleeves. In the summer, it’s tricky since it is hot out. How do you cover your arms but keep cool?
Here are 12 clever ways to cover flabby arms in summer.
1. Wear Elbow Length or 3/4 Length Sleeves
For 99.9% of women who prefer sleeves, it is mainly the upper part of their arms they want to cover. Elbow length or three-quarter length sleeves are a great choice. Not only do they cover jiggy 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 forearms and delicate wrists, which makes you look slimmer.
2. Choose Eyelet or Netted Sleeves
Tops with eyelet sleeves work really to camouflage the arms and keep you cool. Plus, they give off a thoroughly modern vibe. Netted tops over tanks or camisoles have been a big trend and also work well to divert attention away from saggy arms.
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. It also gives your outfit a charming, sporty look. 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 at the same time, they hide 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, bell sleeves or sleeves cut at an angle like the ones above, all look great. Poncho tops with voluminous sleeves camouflage saggy arms very well too.
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 Long Sleeves in Light Colors and Fabric
Tops in light pretty colors and fabrics worn with white pants or a white skirt look summery and will keep you cool because they don’t absorb the sun like dark colors. This peach polka dot blouse is a great example of a top that will deflect attention from your arms and turn heads!
8. Wear Lace Sleeves
A pretty top with lace sleeves is a fun and feminine way to highlight your arms without baring all.
9. 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 beautiful and alluring.
10. 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.
11. Try Crocheted 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.
12. Wear a Light Cardigan, Wrap or Cute Jacket
If all else fails, 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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