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Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms In The Summer

Flabby arms are annoying. They seem to be a by-product of aging, and no one wants their arms flapping in the wind. Many women are self-conscious about their arms and want tips on how to cover them. Here are six stylish ways to cover your upper arms in dresses, jumpsuits, and tops for the summer.

A lot of summer dresses, jumpsuits, and tops are sleeveless. The summer months can be hot and humid, especially if you live in the deep South. You have two choices: let your arms shine in the wind and stay cool, or try to cover them in the coolest way possible.

Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms With A Blazer

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing stylish ways to cover flabby arms wearing a dress1
Floral Sleeveless Dress (Large – Needed a Medium) || Oversize Linen Blend Blazer (Medium – needed a small) || Lonnie Beaded Hoop Earrings || Michele Watch || Pia Wedge Sandal (Size 9.5)

In summer, I find myself reaching for dresses a lot. They are a quick one-and-done item; you can dress them up or down. I like sleeveless dresses since they give you lots of options. One of the stylish ways to cover your upper arms when wearing a dress is with a blazer.

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is showing stylish ways to cover flabby arms wearing a dress2
Floral Sleeveless Dress (Large – Needed a Medium) || Oversize Linen Blend Blazer (Medium – needed a small) || Lonnie Beaded Hoop Earrings || Michele Watch || Pia Wedge Sandal (Size 9.5)

The only issue with wearing a blazer is that it can be hot and confining. This Oversize Linen Blend Blazer is unlined, which helps to keep you cool. I’m wearing a medium, but I have it pinned in the back to make it fit. It is oversized, so you need to size down one size.

Another one-and-done item I wear a lot during the summer is a jumpsuit. I love jumpsuits, and one with a deep v-neck like this one is the easiest to get on and off. Jumpsuits that don’t have buttons or zippers are what I look for since they can easily shimmy on and off when you need a bathroom break.

Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms With A Cardigan

Cardigans are one of my favorite items since they can be so versatile. They cover your arms, provide warmth, and are great at creating the look of a waistline. I use cardigans to hide my sides’ outer edge, creating the illusion of a thinner silhouette.

This colorful linen blend cardigan is extra versatile since it can be worn in four ways. I’m wearing it open front, but I’ll wear it differently later this summer.

Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms With A Striped Blazer

Wearing a blazer can be a challenge when you live in the South. Even though I usually want my blazers lined, I look for unlined blazers for the summer months.

I love this striped blazer since it is linen. Linen helps to keep you cool in the summer, so this would be one of the perfect stylish ways to cover your upper arms and stay cool. This blazer will look great with white pants or denim jeans, so I’m sure I’ll wear it often.

Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms With A Printed Scarf

Scarves are incredibly versatile and can be worn in a lot of ways. There are many videos showing creative ways to tie scarves around your neck, on handbags, and as jackets.

Scarves are generally lightweight but provide enough coverage to cover your arms and keep you warm in the summer. This floral one by Kate Spade is beautiful, and I love how it looks with the jumpsuit. This would be perfect for wearing to a summer wedding or out to dinner since restaurants can be chilly.

Stylish Ways To Cover Your Upper Arms Wearing A Swimsuit Cover-Up

Thinking outside the box can give you lots of stylish ways to cover your upper arms. Who would have thought about wearing a swimsuit cover-up as a stylish fashion item?

This crepe swimsuit cover-up is perfect for covering up your arms. It is a statement piece that will look great with jeans and a tee, shorts, dresses, and as a cover-up when you head to the pool.

Look at the vibrant colors and hot pink tassels. Here is the matching one-piece swimsuit in case you want to take this on your next summer getaway. Here are a few cover-ups that would look great with sleeveless dresses, jumpsuits, or tops.

A Feminine Denim Jacket Is Perfect For Covering Your Upper Arms

I love wearing denim jackets all year long, even in the summer. Because of the heat, you’ll have to choose lightweight jackets in the summer.

This adorable denim jacket is slightly cropped for a modern look. It also has a fringed hem and puff sleeves for a feminine look. I prefer wearing light-wash denim in summer, and this jacket is a home run for me. It is more expensive than the items I usually choose, so I’ll link to a few more affordable options.

Why I Love Shopping At Nordstrom

I love shopping at Nordstrom because they offer a wide range of products from a variety of brands. And they carry high-end luxury and designer brands, as well as more affordable options. This makes it easy for everyone to find something within their budget range.

Nordstrom is known for its excellent customer service, offering free shipping and free returns; it is super convenient. I love trying on clothing in the privacy of my home, but I hate paying for shipping and returns. That is one reason I love shopping at Nordstrom; trying new clothing styles never costs me anything. Nordstrom offers BOPUS (Buy Online Pick Up in Store) and contactless curbside pickup options.

Nordstrom and Collective Voice sponsor this post, and I will receive compensation, but the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Vickey Vaughan says:

    What a great post about flabby arms ( my granddaughter called mine bat wings ). The scarf and bathing suit coverup idea is so fashionable.

  2. I buy 3/4 sleeve blouses and tees. They do the trick and are cooler than jackets ir cardigans.

  3. Holly Malone says:

    Great suggestions as usual! Thanks for your commitment to helping all us ladies look and feel our best! Much appreciated!

  4. Thank you Tania, for offering solutions to the challenging issues that come naturally with aging. Less muscle tone, varicose veins, and shifting body weight are challenges that Tania so graciously and creatively addresses. Just because we are moving toward the 60s, 70s and even 80s, many of us still desire to maintain a classy, stylish look!
    We appreciate your efforts Tania!

  5. Amy McFarland says:

    these are all beautiful options

  6. Martha Landphair says:

    I enjoy your posts. You do a great job of covering different topics. I want to address negativity about women’s bodies. Women are told their whole life to be one way. I’ll never forget my father telling me at 16 not to eat to much. At 71 I still remember it as if it was yesterday. As long as you try your best to look your best and be kind to one another no one should care how big your arms are.

    1. Martha, I’ve mentioned on multiple occasions that people don’t pay attention to how you look. They are too busy worrying about themselves to worry about others. However, a LOT of women don’t like showing their arms, and if that makes them uncomfortable, then I want to help them find items to help them with their confidence.

  7. Mary Kinard says:

    I love the cardigan but it is a little pricey for me. Can you link to a similar one?

  8. Valerie Bruno says:

    I either need a long dress for a graduation. with a little bit of sleeve for my arms. The problem it’s going to be really hot. its this saturday coming up.!!! Please help thanks

  9. I usually end up using a cardigan to cover my arms. I love the swimsuit cover up. I will have to try something like that.

  10. Great idea using a swimsuit cover-up! I hadn’t thought of doing that but now I will. Thanks for all the suggestions.

  11. My arms got flabby after 65 when I stopped working out for a few months. I had frozen shoulder. I never regained that tone. I especially hate the loose skin in the underarms. I am skinny and I think it’s worse for skinny arms than for fatter arms. I just ordered an unlined linen blazer from JCrew factory. Thanks for all the tips

  12. Thank you for sharing this post. I am packing for a trip and didn’t want my flabby arms to show. Love the different ways to cover them up.

  13. Jacque Abell says:

    Love the swimsuit cover up. Linen jackets get so wrinkly.

  14. Love the dress and jumpsuit pairings with so many choices to cover arms.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  15. Thank you so much for all flabby arm styling advice. I’m very self conscious of my arms and prefer to cover them in the summer. This was very helpful, and I LOVE the Nordstrom dress, ordering it now!!!

  16. Donna Ingalls says:

    Love using a swimsuit coverup over a dress. Looks very classy.

    1. I thought the swimsuit coverup looked great!

  17. Beautiful, I love how you put outfits together.