Readers of this blog already know my friend Anja, who is frequently featured at the site and an active participant in the style forum. She recently told me that I should write an article about covering your upper arms, since many women over 40 don’t want to show these anymore. Since I don’t have that issue yet, I thought it would be a better idea that she write the article instead. She agreed and here are some of her tips. Enjoy!
As I age, I find myself wanting to cover up more and more parts of my body. I prefer presenting myself in the most flattering way possible and that implies covering up ‘ugly’ parts, hiding loose skin, wrinkly parts, fat and so on. Some months ago I came to the conclusion that my inner upper arms are not appealing any more. Hence no more naked arms. Does that mean that from then on I am only wearing full length sleeves? No, not at all.That would be very limiting in my choices in shopping and choosing from my own wardrobe. Besides that, it would be very hot in summer or in a climate such as we have here in Singapore. And finally, sometimes I just don’t care, and I happily do wear sleeveless on a day like that ;-).
Having said that, you may recognise where I am coming from and therefore, I would like to share my ideas with you.
Tips and inspiration for wearing sleeves when it is warm
To cover up your arms you can:
1. Wear something with sleeves, a no brainer.
There is a lot of variation in sleeves though. In the length, the shape and the material.
If I go for full length sleeves I try to look for certain fabrics like light material, (semi-)transparent and lace. All of these are relatively cool and airy. You hardly feel transparent material on your ams and it is often good enough to mislead the eye of people.
Next to that I look for shapes that are loose, like:
- the batwing sleeve, a long sleeve with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist
- the bell sleeve, a long sleeve that is fitted from shoulder to elbow and flared from elbow onwards
- the bishop sleeve, fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the wrist in a cuff
- the butterfly sleeve, a short sleeve that gets a lot wider from the shoulder onwards
- the hanging sleeve, a sleeve that opens down the side or front to allow the arm to pass through
Anyway, no need to sum up ALL types of sleeves, but I guess this gives an idea of the possibilities.
At this point I mainly need to cover up my inner upper arms. The rest I find still showable. Therefore, and for coolness, sleeves with cut-out shoulders and cut-open sleeves would be great for me too. Unfortunately those two types are not that easy to find. Great for DIY, I think, but personally I am no good with needle and thread.
2. wear sleeveless, and wear something with sleeves over that
The obvious solutions are cardigans, vests and boleros. They too come with the sleeve types mentioned above and in the materials mentioned. Some people may choose a shawl or pashmina, but as a cover up they don’t work for me. Too much hassle to keep them in place.
Another idea is to wear a sleeved top, tunic or dress, preferably in a sheer material over the sleeveless item.
3. wear sleeveless and wear something with sleeves under that
This solution is the hardest, in my opinion. But it CAN be done. The main risks are that the look can become or schooluniform-ish or a bit old lady-like.
Well, I have nothing more up my sleeve now, hahaha. I hope you found this an inspiring and usefull read and I want to thank Sylvia for letting me share this with you all.
About the author
Anja (aka tangobabe) is a 50+er who mostly shares her time between The Netherlands and Singapore. She is currently in India and blogs about her experiences at Double Dutch in Singapore. Sh also has another blog about everything that wowes her.
Do you want to cover up your upper arms in Summer? If yes, how do you do it?