Flabby arms are the bane of most women’s existence in our 50’s. All of a sudden those lovely short sleeve tops and dresses just don’t look as good as they used to.
Not long after I turned 50 I discovered, quite by surprise, that I too had flabby arms. When did that happen? Perhaps I was in denial, but it wasn’t until I saw photos of myself from a special occasion where I proudly wore a beautiful midnight blue cap-sleeve designer dress that I found for a steal at Nordstrom (it was a Tadashi Shogi) that I came to this realization, though. I was so excited to wear that dress. In the store mirror and in the full-length mirror at home, I felt great in it! I loved the cute cap sleeve and thought that it was very flattering. I was horrified when the pictures came back though when I realized how unflattering those cap sleeves were on my now flabby arms. What a rude awakening, at least to me! Others said I was being way too hard on myself and maybe I was, but I was so surprised by the what I saw. From that point on, figuring out how to hide my upper arms was my number one priority.
Recently, as I was searching for other options for hiding flabby arms and I was delighted to find some great tips from Style Expert Deborah Boland from Fabulous After 40. Deborah recommends 3/4 length sleeves because they end at the very narrow part of your arm, highlighting your forearm and a “delicate wrist.” She also recommends wide long sleeves such as Kimono, long flutter sleeves or bell sleeves.
Here are some examples of the different types of 3/4 length sleeve types that Deborah recommends.
I really like the mandarin collar on this 3/4 sleeve blouse. The rounded hem is very flattering, as well.
Tunics are fun, in the Summer. In addition to the flattering sleeves on this one I also find the neckline flattering. And, who doesn’t like a touch of whimsy in the Summer! Aren’t those sailboats cute? So beachy!
This Boatneck Dress with it’s bell sleeves is flattering not only to the arms but the neckline is great for balancing out the larger sleeve, especially on a pear-shaped figure. I also love the lace pattern hemline.
Kimonos are so on trend right now and they too, as Deborah pointed out, are very flattering to an otherwise flabby arm. I love this look! Boho and very chic!
Whether you’re looking to hide your flabby arms or just like a 3/4 length sleeve, each of these pieces gives you some great options to work with for a variety of different looks.