Many 40+ women like to cover their upper arms.
So how do you cover your upper arms while still staying cool? We share lots of strategies and products on how to cover your upper arms in this article.
Do you even need to cover your upper arms?
Well, it depends…
As you age, you may find myself wanting to cover up more and more parts of your body.
You may prefer presenting yourself in the most flattering way possible and that implies covering up some parts, hiding loose skin, wrinkly parts, belly fat and so on.
It’s a personal choice and certainly not something you have to do. If you’re happy to show your arms, go for it!
There is no need to cover up at all and I personally believe that arms are beautiful, no more matter how discolored or wrinkly they may be.
You may also like our article on how to hide your belly with the right clothes.
How to cover your arms
However, if you, like many women, prefer not to show your naked arms anymore but still want to stay cool in spring and summer, you will like my ideas on how to cover your upper arms.
Does that mean that from on you can only wear full length sleeves?
No, not at all.
That would not be comfortable in summer and a shorter sleeve is actually more flattering in most cases.
Fortunately, there are lots of other ways to cover your upper arms apart from just long sleeves.
Strategies for covering up your arms
To cover up your arms you can:
Wear something with sleeves, a no brainer
There is a lot of variation in sleeves though. In the length, the shape and the material.
The rumple fabric blouse (below) comes in a variety of colors and is easy to dress up or down.
Opt for light or sheer fabrics
If you go for full length sleeves you may want to 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.
If you go for full length sleeves 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.
Look for ‘airy’ kind of sleeves
The bell sleeve top, a long sleeve that is fitted from shoulder to elbow and flared from elbow onwards.
The top below comes in a wide range of colors and reviewers say they are impressed by the quality and it’s an easy top to dress up or down for work or with jeans.
The batwing sleeve top, a long sleeve with a deep armhole, tapering towards the wrist. The top below is available is super airy and available in all kinds of colors and prints. Reviewers say the style below is good to wear with high waisted jeans or pants.
The bishop sleeve top, fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the wrist in a cuff.
Kimba @kimbalikes above wears her print top with khaki pants.
The blouse below comes in a choice of colors and has sheer sleeves that will cover up your arms while still feeling airy. The neckline will also help to draw the eye upwards away from your arms.
The butterfly sleeve top, a short sleeve that gets a lot wider from the shoulder onwards.
The wrap blouse (below) should flatter most body shapes, either creating curves or helping to flatter curvy figures. It’s a faux wrap style and reviewers say it is a lightweight fabric.
Puff sleeve tops are particularly on trend at the moment as can be ideal for covering up the top of your arms. Because the sleeves are voluminous, this can help to make your lower arms look slimmer. The puff sleeve top (below) has a square neck which tends to be a flattering look if you have a big bust.
The flutter sleeve top (below) would be a good option for summer or vacation. Women who have worn it say they got lots of compliments.
The cold shoulder tee, a sleeve that opens down the side or front to allow the arm to pass through. This has the advantage of showing off your shoulders, if this is a part of your body you like, while covering up your upper arms.
off the shoulder
These tops are absolutely perfect for women who prefer to cover (part of their) upper arms yet still want to feel cool and sexy. Right now this is a HUGE trend so this is the time to stock up on these kind of tops as they can sometimes be hard to find.
Georgette @grownandcurvywoman above (read her style interview here) looks stunning in her bardot-style top. Her outfit is a beautiful color combination of orange and white, and by choosing nude shoes, her legs look super long.
Wear 3/4 sleeves
If you want to cover up a 3/4 or half arm sleeve is a great solution. It has the extra benefit that’s it’s super flattering too.
As the sleeves end at your waist, you tend to focus your eye there. The Karen Kane asymmetric top (below) is also a great style for covering your belly.
Wear sleeveless, and wear something with sleeves over that
Then you can add many kinds of toppers like cardigans, vests and boleros, but also the sheer blouses we mentioned above.
Another option is a shawl or pashmina, but they take a bit more effort to keep them in place
Above is an example of how I wore my sheer top over a long camisole.
Below, you can see how you could wear a ruana over a camisole.
wear sleeveless and wear something with sleeves under that
You can also take your sheer blouses or other tops with cool sleeves and wear something on top of that.
Another advantage of wearing an outfit like this is that you’re creating a long lean line in your outfit which makes you taller and slimmer and hides your belly too!
The example below shows how you could wear a sleeveless vest over a longer-sleeved top.
For many more ideas, check out this article on how to wear a long vest.
Cover up with a sheer cardigan or jacket
Another great way to cover up your arms is to use a sheer cardigan or a cool jacket.
I have severed of these sheer cardigans in a variety of colors in my closet. Not just to cover my arms but also to stay warm. They’re super easy to pop into your bag as they don’t wrinkle.
You can wear these loose or tied with a knot as in the example below.
A sheer bolero could be another good option, particularly if you want a dressier evening choice.
Get separate sleeves to cover arms
If you love many of your sleeveless blouses and dresses but want to cover up your arms, use a separate sleeve or arm cover up.
Sheer sleeves to cover arms
Jersey arm sleeves
As you have seen there are many ways to cover up your arms in a stylish way. Now all you have to choose is whether you want to cover up or not. Both options are equally good!
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