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What To Wear When You Have a Broken Arm : 5 Tops to Wear With Arm Casts

Hi Deborah,

Can you give me some ideas for tops to wear with arm casts?  My dominant arm is broken, and it’s really hard to put together a look, let alone apply make-up. I just had surgery Wednesday, so I have been wearing short sleeve stretchy tees and yoga pants. My mother always believed if you “dressed up,” you would feel better, so suggestions and links would be appreciated.

Thanks, Gail

So sorry to hear about your broken arm, Gail. You’ll probably be in that cast for a good six weeks or more, so good for you for wanting to heal in style! I do agree that looking good makes you feel better! That’s the power of clothes.

Whether you have a forearm cast or are wearing one that comes up above your elbow, you are ideally going to want to seek out tops that are sleeveless or have short sleeves that are loose, flowy, and stretchy.

Buttons and hooks are out unless you have someone to help you dress. And the key is, that you need to make sure the armhole on your top is big enough to get over your shoulder and get your cast through. I have a few ideas.


Dolman sleeve

Dolman sleeve

Have you thought about Dolman sleeves?

Dolman sleeves, sometimes called batwing sleeves, are sleeves that are cut deep and wide at the shoulder, with armholes extending almost to the waist. When the arms are held outward, the fabric hangs in a long wing. This type of sleeve makes it easy to slip on when you are wearing a cast.


Dolman Sleeves


The blue sweater in this photo above has Dolman sleeves that taper down to the wrist. This is a good option if you want a long sleeve dolman sweater because you can undo the buttons to get the cast on and then push the sleeves up to the elbow.  Also, the leopard top has a short Dolman sleeve. See how roomy it looks? Good when you have a cast!

You can go sleeveless, of course, and this green top I’m showing is nicer than a t-shirt or tank. It is also super stretchy, so you should have no trouble slipping this on.

Ponchos and capes are also ideal. I like this camel poncho top below. It’s so Chic that your cast will fall into the background (LOL!)

camel poncho


Another idea –tops with bell sleeves, so long as the top is stretchy enough to allow you to get your cast through the armhole. This purple one might work.

purple bell sleeve top


Oversize shirts or slouchy sweaters are also good, and soft jackets.



What about other types of clothing for a broken arm?

Well, as far as pants go, you are probably stuck with stretchy leggings and pants with elasticized waistbands. That’s why it’s good to have cute tops to wear with arm casts are a must.

Be well, Gail, and I wish you all the best all you heal in style!


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8 thoughts on “What To Wear When You Have a Broken Arm : 5 Tops to Wear With Arm Casts

  1. When did you break your arm? I broke my humor. Also, it’s a spiral break. I’m still in so much pain, and it’s been five weeks. I was in the hospital for two weeks and have been in a skilled nursing facility for three weeks. I have one more week left.

    1. Hi Deborah.

      I am struggling with what to wear with skinny legs and a big upper body (apple-shaped)

      Help, please.

  2. This was undoubtedly timely! I had a hard fall yesterday and broke my humerus. I’ll see the surgeon next week, and in the meantime, I’m in a sling to keep the arm immobilized. These tops should work well for me too. They should be easy to slip on without moving my arm too much. Thanks for knowing just what I needed – as always.

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