Best Long Sleeve Workout Tops to Hide Flabby Arms

Hi Deborah,

I’m 54, trying to get in shape, and have started to go to the gym 3 x a week. I need cute workout tops with sleeves to go with leggings, but I can only find skimpy, sleeveless tops. Can you help me find some sporty, modern-looking long sleeve workout tops to cover my arm flab? Thanks, Sandra

Hi Sandra,

Congratulations on your new workout routine! I think the right clothes can be a good motivator, and I completely understand your wanting a little arm coverage while you are working to tighten up the arm jiggle. Many of my readers have asked for the same thing.

I also prefer workout tops with sleeves because I exercise early in the morning. If I’m down in my basement doing pilates or outside taking a walk around the neighborhood at 7 a.m., it’s chilly! So here are some cute and sporty workout tops with sleeves older women love.

workout tops with sleeves zip pullover

1. Take It Outside

When you take your workout outdoors, you need a top that will stand up to the elements. The sporty 1/2 Zip Pullover has the coziness of a favorite broken-in sweatshirt without the bulk. For convenience, it features Omni-wick technology that pulls moisture away from your body to keep you dry and comfortable, as well as SPF 50 to keep you protected when taking your workout outdoors.

workout tops with sleeves mesh panels

2. Anytime, Anywhere

Feel pretty in pink when you are working out or hanging out on this short sleeve mesh workout tee from lululemon that will keep you feeling fit and looking fantastic.

This is a great top to wear when you find a tank top is just too revealing, but you need something cool to wear when doing the circuit, catching a yoga class, or doing Zumba classes. The mesh panels and kangaroo pockets make this top a functional choice for your workout.

workout tops with sleeves cutout back

3. Cute Cutouts

Now, this is a beautiful piece! This open-back, long-sleeve yoga top in charcoal gray is a happy combination of fashion and function. The fitted silhouette and convenient thumbholes will stay put through your most challenging workouts, while an open back will keep you cool and looking stylish as your workout heats up.

workout tops with sleeves tissue tee

4. Color Is Motivating

If you want to feel inspired, there’s nothing like colorful workout clothes to make you feel like getting up and off the couch. This radiant red tissue tee, in a very modern feminine silhouette, will revive you and give you the energy you need to kick your workout up a notch.


workout tops with sleeves comfy

5. Comfy and Cozy

Here’s a pretty, long-sleeved top from prAna that can be worn for both athleisure and activity. Crafted from a warm, breathable technical fabric, this drawstring bottom top will make you feel relaxed and focused when working out.

workout tops with sleeves fitted

6. Fun and Fitted

Think fitted but not tight when it comes to your workout wear. This Reebok-fitted performance tee conforms to your curves without being too form-fitting. It features a quick-dry fabric and is available in 18 colors. A cut like this is designed to hug your upper torso and allow for room in the midsection.

workout tops with sleeves bright

7. Brighten Up!

If you are heavier on the bottom, save black for below the waist and wear a bright top on your upper half. Wearing a bold color, such as this bright lime green dry performance t-shirt from Champion, will pump you up and give you the motivation to power through even the most challenging workout.

Sandra, I hope I’ve given you a few choices you like. Best wishes with your workout, and go for the burn, girlfriend!
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