Even though I fully believe that plus-size women have the right to bare arms, I know that sometimes you just can’t do it – either because you are feeling self-conscious or you simply find yourself in a venue where going sleeveless is not appropriate. Thankfully, there are some great alternatives to keeping your arms covered while also showing off great style. Here are my three favorites:
Kimono Sleeves: Inspired by the long Japanese robe, this style of sleeve tends to be long and somewhat exaggerated . . . almost like a triangle shooting out from your arm. The kimono sleeve is one of my favorite styles for camouflaging my arms because they make a great fashion statement in and of themselves!
3/4 Length Sleeves: Three-quarter length sleeves are just that — sleeves that cover about 3/4 of your arm, ending below the elbow but several inches above the wrist. These are great because they allow you pretty much full coverage but also allow you to show a bit of skin — a “low-fat” strategy recommended in How to Never Look Fat Again: Over 1,000 Ways to Dress Thinner–Without Dieting!
The Shrug: The shrug is another favorite item of mine. More or less it’s a super-high waisted sweater, usually landing just below the rib cage. (It’s fancier cousin is the bolero jacket, which tends to be a little more tailored.) The shrug is a must-have item for me – I actually have several in different colors and fabrics. These are great not only for times when I want to conceal my arms, but also when I’m out and find that the temperature cools and I need to cover up a bit. I have at least three from Curvy CEO affiliate IGIGI.
While a shrug is usually purchased separately, you should be on the lookout for dresses and tops that feature kimono and 3/4 length sleeves in your shopping adventures!
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