Disguise upper arm fat or thick arms

Do you carry excess upper arm fat or feel that you have thick arms overall?

Even if we're stuck at home it's Spring, in fact for many of you the temperatures are already climbing high and it's time to show some flesh!

Although wearing sleeveless dresses or tops may cause embarrassment, 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. And of course softened muscle tone means that the flesh on our arms is inevitably softer, fleshier and more 'baggy'. 

There are no hard and fast rules but age isn't always the culprit, even young women can feel conscious of their arms. 

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 perfect arms and look for simple but stylish ways of looking and feeling more attractive.  

To minimize upper arm fat or thick arms we need to correct the look of the 'rounded' arm.  


  • cap sleeves just cover the top of the arm and balance the widest part
  • fluid fabrics but with a structured shoulder
  • set in sleeves with a small shoulder pad that slightly overlaps top of arm
  • wider shoulder straps, V necks - all make arms and upper torso look slimmer
  • sleeves with volume - angel, bat wing, 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 strong shoulder line and create a vertical design
  • V necklines and long necklaces help to bring the eye to the center of the body
  • Emphasize the best parts of your figure
Left upper arm is exposed; Right cap sleeve balances and slims the arm


  • 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  https://www.style-yourself-confident.com/upper-arm-fat.htmlLeft: the look to avoid - Centre and right: creating the best silhouette

And a remedy...

I have a sleeveless jumpsuit which was a favorite for holidays or special occasions. But I did feel a little exposed around the arm holes.

Fortunately, it had a really long sash. So I cut some of it off and wrapped it around the armholes to extend the shoulderline.  It's just enough to soften and disguise my upper arm fat. The wider shoulders also have a slimming effect.

No doubt a dressmaker would have made a better job of it but it worked, and I feel much more comfortable with my new silhouette.

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