However, when women think of going sleeveless…most panic at the thought of exposing their upper arms! Well, I’ve got good news for you…you’re not alone. According to a recent Dove deodorant survey only 8% of women feel confident enough to do so!
So, how can you go sleeveless if your arms are large, untoned and keep wiggling when you wave? Or perhaps you have the opposite problem and feel your arms are too skinny to expose? How DO you wear sleeveless styles when your upper arms aren't anything close to Jillian Michaels?
Me, MissusSmartyPants is here to say anyone can go sleeveless--if they want! You may not like your upper arms, but then there are other parts of your body you are probably critical of as well. Many women complain about their bottoms, thighs and tummies too. In fact, there are lots of other “parts” that we can get down right depressed about. However, the truth is very few women really have “perfect” bodies. It is better to learn self-acceptance and a few style techniques to help your body appear more in proportion—including your upper arms.
STOP waiting for your arms to be miraculously toned and in shape. There is only so much you can do anyways. Heredity has played a part in your natural tendency for heavy upper arms, muscular arms or skinny arms. It is much better to work with what you have and it’s a far cooler alternative too. So just go with it ladies.
1. Look for sleeveless shirts and tops that emphasize the neckline, collarbones and/or show off a hint of cleavage. Look for deep V-necks (layering in contrasting colors is good too), beaded detailing, bright colored trim, etc. This draws the eye AWAY from your arms and to other prettier parts of your body.
3. Another equally effective diversionary tactic includes the use of jewelry. Wear an eye-catching necklace, or pull your hair back and wear some fantastic dangle earrings. Bring the attention to your neck and face—thus away from your arms.
5. Keep your shirt in proportion to help minimize heavy upper arms. This is the best way to “shrink” the appearance of heavy arms, pick a sleeveless tank, tee or shirt with thicker shoulder straps. A thicker strap helps balance a thicker upper body and arm. (Avoid thin spaghetti straps)
6. Give your arms some “glowing” color. Try a gradual tanning product to darken your skin a bit. Darker colors minimize, so naturally you will feel a bit more confident if your arms look “tan”.
7. If you are concerned about overly muscular arms and broad shoulders appearing too masculine—choose a sleeveless feminine top. A halter top or dress “softens” your angled silhouette. A halter style is “A” shaped and in an opposite shaped so it minimizes a muscular upper body.
8. If you feel your arms are two skinny sticks, wear sleeveless shirts with thicker straps. Something more substantial makes a thinner body appear thicker. Do not wear spaghetti straps because they emphasize how skinny your arms and upper body are.
8. If you do choose to wear sleeves, look for styles that “skim” over your arms. A thin gauzy ¾ sleeve is best for heavy arms.. Avoid baggy sleeves or sleeves that are too tight—both will draw attention to your arms and make them appear thicker.
9. Less is more when it comes to sleeves. If you think a bit of coverage is better—think again! Having sleeves that cover the tops of heavy arms can actually add to their thickness and bring attention there.
10. Shirts that come close to the neck, but expose the outer shoulders often work magic for the upper arms. This style brings attention to the curve of the shoulders and not so much attention to the upper arms. Look for collared button-down sleeveless shirts to show your shoulders off.
Even though is may seem counter-productive to show your arms; it is often a better way to go. When you try too hard to “cover up” a part of your body you think needs “hiding”—you end up bringing more attention to it.
Here’s to a stylish and cooler summer.
Love, Your Fashion Stylist Leslie MSP