Concealing upper arms – dresses and tops with sleeves cover big upper arms.

How to conceal thick upper arms

Thick upper arms are not just a problem for voluptuous women. Especially in summer, when sleeveless and strapless tops are in season, many women prefer to hide their upper arms. This apparent “problem zone” is usually not as noticeable to others as it is to you. Here are a few simple tricks to help you conceal large upper arms so that you can still feel comfortable in summery, airy outfits or festive dresses.

How to conceal large upper arms: Finding the right fit

Whether you are looking for the right top or dress, there are a few things to consider when it comes to the cut and fit of clothes that look good on people with chubby upper arms. You don't always have to cover your upper arms to hide the supposed problem area. Often it is enough to draw attention to other assets of your figure. You can emphasise your waist, for example. If you have slender wrists, choose sleeves that accentuate this slimmer part of your arm. These little tricks will instantly make your large upper arms less noticeable.

More general tips to consider if you have large upper arms:

  • Sleeve shape: Avoid very tight sleeves or cuffs. Not only are they uncomfortable to wear, they also look unflattering.

  • Long sleeves: Long sleeves can make your arms look longer and slimmer.

  • 3/4 sleeves: These sleeves loosely cover most of your upper arms and show off your slender wrists.

  • Wide straps: Sleeveless tops are not a no-go if you have large upper arms. After all, very tight sleeves are often more conspicuous than none at all - and you don't want to have to sweat in the summer just to hide your upper arms. Look for tops with wide straps that sit loosely on your shoulders. This will make your proportions look more even.

Fashion tips for plump upper arms

Many women with different body types feel insecure about their upper arms - too fat, too thin, too flabby, too muscular. Don't let these insecurities hold you back: The most important thing is that you feel comfortable in your own body, despite your perceived problem areas, and that you don't shy away from fashion trends. You should never feel pressured to hide in shapeless clothes, although it can often be a relief to cover up certain parts of your body: Simply show off your assets and let the little imperfections disappear.

Layering look: Jackets can conceal chubby upper arms.

There's no need to ditch sleeveless tops and dresses altogether: Instead, go for the layering look and combine tops and (festive) dresses with chic bolero jackets or cardigans.

Tip 1: Wide sleeves conceal plump upper arms

Tops, blouses and dresses with wide sleeves are the be-all and end-all when it comes to styling large upper arms. You don't have to give up short-sleeved tops and dresses, especially in the summer: Just make sure the cuff doesn't end at the widest part of your upper arm. Loose cuts flatter your arms. But avoid puffy sleeves or flounces that end at the widest part of your upper arm and add volume.

Tops with wide sleeves conceal large upper arms.

Tip 2: Flattering cuts for chubby upper arms

Use playful cuts to conceal your upper arms. Bat sleeves, which do not draw attention to your upper arms, and trumpet sleeves, which can play around the slimmer parts of your arm, are particularly good.

Off-the-shoulder necklines can also be very beneficial: They can cover your upper arms, while still showing a little skin. With a jacket or blazer, you can emphasise your shoulders and balance your proportions.

Wide sleeves and semi-transparent fabrics can conceal thick upper arms in summer.

Tipp 3: Sheer fabrics or lace

Tops and dresses with wide sleeves made of sheer fabrics or delicate lace are perfect for airy summer looks. As long as the sleeves aren't too tight, you don't need to cover your whole arm. Lightweight fabrics that fall loosely around the arm look feminine and are still comfortable. They can also provide some relief in warmer temperatures if you are uncomfortable with sleeveless tops.


Large and colourful patterns on the sleeves, such as flowers, large dots or wide stripes, will accentuate your upper arms. If you choose a pattern, try to keep it simple or use darker colours on the sleeves.

How to conceal chubby upper arms: Dos and Don’ts


  • Wide sleeves

  • 3/4 sleeves

  • Long, loose-fitting sleeves

  • Sheer or lace sleeves


  • Tight sleeves

  • Short sleeves with tight cuffs

  • Puffy sleeves and sleeves ruffles and flounces

  • Sleeves with bold patterns

Conclusion: Conceal large upper arms with a few simple tricks

If you want to conceal your upper arms, it can be done quickly and easily with a few fashion tips. Wide sleeves and loose cuts that hug your large upper arms and draw attention to other parts of your body (such as your wrists, shoulders or waist) create a very flattering look. Boleros and cardigans can be worn with any outfit. But don't feel condemned to wearing long-sleeved shirts or jackets on hot summer days - feel free to wear sleeveless tops. Wide straps sit comfortably and do not accentuate your arms.

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