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Disguise upper arm fat or thick arms

Do you carry excess upper arm fat or feel that you have thick arms overall? This can cause embarrassment and prevent you from wearing sleeveless dresses or tops.

If you are overweight then at least you have something to attribute it to but weight isn't always a factor.

As we age fat does tend to settle in the upper arms however conscious you are of your overall health and weight but age is not necessarily the culprit. Even young women can feel conscious of their arms.

Flatter upper arms  #upper arm fat

Upper arm fat is only a problem if it worries you...

There are certainly more dresses to choose from if you choose to bare your arms - and if you're confident enough then go for it.

But many women feel self conscious baring their less than firm arms, and many of course feel the cold and then have to spend more on shrugs or coverups.

To minimize upper arm fat or thick arms we need to combat the 'round shouldered look'.


A selection of cap sleeve dresses from Simply Be #upper arm fat
  • fluid fabrics but with a structured shoulder to balance the widest part of the arm
  • set in sleeves and add a small shoulder pad to slightly overlap top of arm
  • cap sleeves, wider straps, V necks - all make arms and upper torso look slimmer
  • sleeves with volume - angel, batwing with deep armholes, full sleeves ending in a cuff
  • clothes that are big enough to allow movement around the back and tops of arms
  • jackets that flow from a good shoulder line but create vertical lines with loose sleeves
  • V necklines and long necklaces help to bring the eye to the center of the body
  • Emphasize the best parts of your figure
Flatter upper arms  #upper arm fat

The 3 items on the left are from Marks and Spencers Plus range, the pretty see through blue top with loose sleeves is from Kettlewell Colours.


  • jersey t-shirts, fine knitwear and fabrics that stretch and cling to the upper body
  • thin straps and halter necks, more exposure emphasizes shoulders and upper arm fat
  • stiff and tight fabrics and anything that fits snugly, it pulls and makes you look bigger
  • don't end a sleeve at the widest part of your arm - that's where the eye will rest
  • raglan sleeves as the seam slopes into the widest part of your arm
  • an overall rounded look to shoulders/arms - it adds width overall to the upper torso
Flatter upper arms  #upper arm fat the look to avoid - Centre and right: creating the best silhouette

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