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How to Dress When You Have Short Arms

Whether you are all-over petite or it’s just your arms that are short relative to the rest of your body, finding the right tops to keep you from feeling like a T-Rex can be somewhat of a challenge. Here are some ideas to help visually lengthen the look of your arms.

1.  Wear Vertical Stripes

Vertical stripes visually lengthen and elongate,  making your arms appear longer than they are. Pop on a top with vertical lines for an instant lengthening effect.

2.  Avoid Cuffs

Cuffs make long arms look shorter because the horizontal line created by the cuff creates a shortening effect. You want the opposite, so wear shirts and blouses without a cuff whenever you can.

3.  Show a Little Skin

Unlike your longer-armed sisters, bracelet sleeves were made for you! Ditto for three-quarter-length sleeves. When sleeves end  below the elbow, but above the wrist, you trick the eye into seeing your arms as longer than they are.

4.  Wear Narrow Wrist Accessories

Wear a broad bracelet or watch, and you’ll quickly use the limited amount of arm real estate you have to play with. This is only going to create a shortening effect. Instead, opt for pretty and delicate accessories for your wrists. Or skip them altogether.

5.  Don’t’ Forget about Your Bottom Half

Because your overall goal is to make your arms look proportionate with the rest of your body, wearing capris or cropped pants, particularly with a top with a cropped sleeve, for example, will make your long arms look longer.

Short arms are a style challenge and relatively easy to camouflage. Follow these style tricks that will fool the eye, balance your figure and make you feel confident!

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