Just like we talked about how we aren’t going to say we “hate” our legs…same goes with those arms. Remember to say “cancel cancel” when start bashing yourself and your body parts.
That said, arms can be tough, and for many it’s the first place they put on weight or show lack of toning. But hot weather is here ladies, so let’s talk about ways to be comfortable and confident in summer clothes when you aren’t wild about baring your ARMS:
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It’s nearly impossible to avoid bare arms in the summer, so here are some tip to make it easier:
- TAN: Everything looks better with a tan, even less-than-toned arms. I love to get a professional spray tan occasionally – there is really no better way to get an air-brushed tan that is natural-looking.
If you are local to me, I highly recommend Kara and Aglow in Acton and Bedford, MA. Tell her I sent you; It really is life changing;)
To make a real or spray tan last, or to get gradual color, I use Jergen’s Gradual Tan. I slap some on when I get out of the shower a few times a week. No streaking, no blotching. Easy. Remember to wear sunscreen! People have also told me they love the Jergen’s gradual tan mousse and in-shower version.
- STYLE: Look for tops that highlight the most flattering features of your upper body. For example, an Off the Shoulder top will highlight your shoulders and clavicle bones (in my opinion, the most beautiful part of a woman’s body). They often come with light long sleeves so your upper arms are covered but you are still showing some summer skin for a pretty, romantic look. This top from Target can be worn on or off the shoulder and has a fun summer vibe, while still giving arm coverage:
- CUT: I’m NOT going to tell you to stop wearing short-sleeve tops, especially in the summer. But keep in mind that short and cap sleeves are actually LESS flattering to larger arms than sleeveless tops. When your sleeve ends at the widest part of your arm (or your pant leg ends at the widest part of your calf) you are drawing a horizontal line and emphasizing the width. On the other hand, a sleeveless top, especially one that cuts in at the shoulders similar to a halter or t-back style is extremely flattering, accenting those shoulders and clavicle bones that you know I love;)
- 3/4 LENGTH SLEEVES: The most universally flattering sleeves are 3/4 length. They are goldilocks sleeves…not too long, not too short; just right. They show your forearm and reveal some skin which has a naturally slimming effect too.
- Finally, movement is the key to feeling better about your body, and your arms will respond to simple exercises. If you make a commitment to exercising your arms a few minutes a day, you will see results in a just a couple of weeks. Here’s an article with tips to get you started.
Thanks for reading, and now go #justgetdressed.