Camouflaging Thick Arms

I must have missed the memo on this one, for I can't remember at what point of time, covering up thick arms became official. It was perfectly okay to hit the dance floors exposing thick/flab arms during the late 70s and 80s (PS - this is hearsay info, I am not that old ...yet). Instead of setting unrealistic expectation of looking long and lean at all times, let the weather and your personal style dictate how much you prefer to cover up.

A tank top is not my style but sleeveless reigns supremacy during the long scorching Texas Summer months. Moving on to a few tips, you probably figured out -
  • Wearing 3/4th length sleeves works like magic
  • To stay away from tank tops
  • Be cautious about full sleeves as they don't work to your advantage all the time.
Here are some of my favorites -
  • Not comfortable exposing bare arms yet, a sheer or a light weight shirt comes in handy over a tank, lacy camisole or a strap dress. 

  • A statement necklace coupled by a stylish neck line can shift the focus from the arms to the neck.
  • When wearing sleeveless, pay attention to the size of the arm hole and where the sleeve ends on your shoulders. I avoid over sized armholes and prefer my sleeves to end right where my collar bone ends.

  • Cap sleeves can do wonders if you pay a little extra attention to ensure the sleeve covers the thickest part of the arm.
  • You can always add on a light weight jacket/cardigan for work and scarves with evening wear.
Again confidence is your best buddy here. It is hard to notice flab when you strut with confidence. You know what, I could have also called this post, 'Thick in Pink'. I have to stop buying more pink dresses.


    Tanvi April 20, 2011 at 5:56 PM  

    I think you have made quite a cohesive list! I can see it is drawn out of personal experience so it sounds more real and objective :) I like the second dress on you!

    P.S. I have been trying to improve my post and pictures' quality throughout the past year. It doesn't have anything to do with any one instance intentionally. But may be it is coming to your notice more now? But nonetheless, I do take your observation as a positive feedback 'coz my aim is to keep improving as I go on ... So, Thank You for noticing it! :o)

    ♡ from ©

    Geeta,  April 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

    @ Tanvi - Yep drawn from real life :-). Obvious isn't it?

    Indie.Tea April 20, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

    Those are some great tips. I think the hardest thing to pull off are those 'muscle tanks' - like tee-shirts with the sleeves cut off - they make everyone's arms look big.
    As for the cupcakes, you can omit the alcohol. I actually did mine both ways - I meant to mention that on the blog and forgot - but the alcohol-free version is fine too :)

    rama April 21, 2011 at 6:19 AM  

    Hi Geeta,
    I think many Indian women have have very fat arms. I don't how we put on weight in our arms. But cap sleeves do not do much to cover up the fat and thick arms, and sleeve less is also a big no no. The only solution for us is to do work outs with dumb bells and include lots of triceps to lose the jiggly flab, and also include lots of dips and modified push ups.
    I also agree with you tip of wearing 3/4th.
    And neck I feel should always be wide and just a little lower than the ones you usually get. Halter neck suits only people who have the neck and the shoulders to carry it off.
    But i have seen everybody is crazy about Halter neck and wear them whether it suits them or not.
    Thanks for sharing the tips, I hope you don't mind my disagreeing with some of them, as I go by own experience rather than what is said in the fashion magazines
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Geeta,  April 21, 2011 at 7:08 AM  

    @Rama - I do get annoyed when people disagree just for the sake of disagreeing. But when you have such great pointers, I am all ears.

    @Le Cupcake - I agree with you.

    @Indie.Tea - I can't wait to make your version of tiramisu and in betwn .. I will google to find out what a muscle tank is.

    A April 21, 2011 at 12:50 PM  

    Started reading and then given up....why do we have only women fashion bloggers

    Geeta,  April 21, 2011 at 5:11 PM  

    @A - To be frank, I do question my self once in a while -Isn't it too shallow to write about myself all the time when there are numerous things going on around the world?

    The answer is always NO. Clothes and other mundane things happen to be my "Happy Place" and that's what I want for my readers - a place where nothing is taken for granted. Trust me one day I intend to take a picture of my washing machine and glorify laundry.

    Bhargavi April 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM  

    Thankully,this is one thing tha i dont have to worry about yet.I am blessed (sigh!!) with stick-like arms,so bulk is not an issue.Adding bulk to it is always a challenge.Any suggestions?

    Jahn 'n Style April 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

    those are nice and practical tips Geeta :)
    I love the second look! its fresh and soooo summery :):)

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