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What to wear to cover your arms

These flowing sleeves can be found on dresses and tops and really help to hide your problem areas.

If you’re like many women out there, showing your upper arms may not be something you’re comfortable with. That’s perfectly OK! We’ve got some great ways to cover your arms and still show your youthful, vibrant self.

Have you ever worn sheer or lace sleeves? Give them a go for the perfect balance between a full sleeve and a bare arm. Tops with three-quarter-length sleeves can be worn in any season and are flattering because they hide and slim your upper arms. The perfect length should end just below your elbow, bringing attention to your slim lower arms and drawing it away from your upper arm. You can make any long-sleeved shirt into one with a three-quarter-length sleeve by cuffing or rolling the sleeves up to just below the elbow.

Tops with three-quarter-length sleeves can be worn in any season and are flattering because they hide and slim your upper arms.

You can also look for flutter sleeves, also known as kimono sleeves, that end just below your elbow or right above the wrist. These flowing sleeves can be found on dresses and tops and really help to hide your problem areas. Another go-to tip is to wear sleeves that are dark colored. Darker hues are naturally slimming. Try a shirt that has darker sleeves than the rest of the shirt. This will help to slim your arms even more.

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You may think there’s no way to wear a sleeveless top if you want to hide your arms. You’re right, but there are ways to make your arms appear slimmer even when you’re not hiding behind sleeves. For example, try a cutaway neckline. Necklines that are deeper bring more attention to your shoulders and make your arms appear longer and slimmer. Halter tops (we don’t means crop tops that tie around the neck) can also be a great choice.

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Look for a dress or top that is with cap sleeves with details along the neckline. The cut should be straight from your torso to your neck, lengthening the appearance of your arms and drawing attention to your shoulders and face. Believe it or not, you can also try a one-shouldered shirt or dress. This flattering cut will also bring attention to your face and shoulders and away from your arms.

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You can always add a cute jacket or scarf to any outfit if you are concerned about covering your arms. Just be sure to take the temperature under consideration when choosing these helpful options – you don’t want to overheat!

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Comments (5)

Sherry Compton

I never thought about the neckline making a difference. I have stayed away from sleeveless but there are so many cute styles out there. I will have to give them a try.

Carnetta Tillman

I am a full figure black woman who have had many operations on my stomach. I struggle daily on what to wear because I don’t like leaving my arms exposed. I love wearing sun dresses when its hot but I need help with the cover piece to cover my arms. I am soon will be treatments because I was diagnose with cancer. My skin hangs because I am losing weight. I need help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My size is 18 now. Monroe has beautiful clothing

Monroe and Main

Hi Carnetta, thanks for the comment. We definitely have lots of options for hiding your midsection and your arms. We are sorry about the health issues you have had. Here are some articles that might help. Let us know any other tips and ideas you are looking for. Good luck to you. Keep in touch!
What to wear to cover your arms
Tips on camouflaging midsection
Dressing your curves

Natalie Barringer

I’m looking for just sleeves to pot on that will cover my arms for the dress I already have. I have beige ones but need white. Something that looks lacey.

Sandra McCoy

Carnetta, don’t worry so much about things that don’t matter. Just get well. I know this because I am recovering from cancer. I love cover ups, and one of the nicest ways to cover arms is the knitted cardigan, a very large and light knit for summer, or some of the see thru filmy shirts to were over pants and a tank, with a little jewelry, you’ll look like a million bucks.
For Natalie, they have lots of knitted jackets and cardigans for summer, they come in all colors and are not too hot for summers. They even have lacy shirts that look wonderful over a solid color dress or tank.

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Published on Nov 10 2014

Last Updated on Dec 19 2014

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