Now matter how much we love our bodies, we all have that one body part or problem area that always leaves us feeling self-conscious. Now, if you feel that you have flabby arms that are always playing party-pooper with your sartorial choices, then we have just the remedies for you. Follow our guide on what to wear if you have plump arms, and you'll never, ever have to bother asking the “Are my arms looking too fat in this?” question again!
Know what works for you and what doesn’t. If you’re looking to camouflage heavy arms, then cap and puffed sleeves should be avoided at all costs. They instantly draw attention to your problem area and thus become unflattering for you. Stay away from sleeves that are too tight as well, since they highlight the shape of your arm. Fabrics like sheer chiffon, net and jersey won’t do you any favours either. These rules apply whether you’re wearing dresses, tops or Indian wear.
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It’s best to don sleeves that will work in your favour. First up, get the length right. Choose 3/4th sleeves as they end at the slimmest part of the arm and show off the firmest part the wrist area - win-win! If you want to opt for short sleeves, then make sure they aren’t tight. Balloon, kimono or kaftan sleeves and capes are other stylish and flattering options. Full sleeves of course, are a no-brainer once cooler climes grace us. Your sleeves should be loose - but don’t confuse that with wearing something shapeless!
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The smartest styling trick when concealing a problem area is to highlight a positive one. In this case, shoulder cutouts - which enhance the shoulders but cover the arms - are a great idea. Opt for interesting necklines or shoulders and yoke embellishments, which end up drawing attention away from your arms. Statement jewellery like earrings, chokers and neckpieces have the same impact too.
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If you still want to use that sleeveless top you got three summers ago and haven't had the heart to discard, then you need to turn to some layering. It’s an au courant trend, in any case. Blazers, cardigans and wraps always hit bull’s eye. You can also play around with a loose button down shirt thrown over a tee and asymmetrical throw-ons. Shawls are your best bet when Indian wear is involved.
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The prints and colours you choose have a role to play as well. Avoid horizontal stripes and large prints, as they will accentuate the broadest part of your arm. Small prints, however, are not out of the question. Dark colours are always a safer bet, but if you choose brighter colours, make sure to balance out the look by picking a garment that has embellishments on the chest to draw the eye away from your arms. Avoid colour-blocked sleeves, since they focus far too much attention on your arms.
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