Dressing For Your Body: Muscular Arms


Since I already wrote about muscular legs and the problems that you encounter when you try to dress them, I figured I might as well cover muscular arms as well. I have both so why not? They are both a pain when you’re a woman, but I think that muscular legs can be easier to conceal. You are almost always exposing your arms when you’re female, especially in the summer. No one wants to wear long sleeves when it’s 90 degrees outside. Even if you are dressed warmly, it can be hard to find sleeves that aren’t tight around your arm muscles. Here are some tips to make your life easier:


  • First of all, embrace the beauty of your strength! You don’t have to disguise it all the time. Love who you are and what you look like. You have muscular arms because you have worked hard for them, and you never have to ask a guy to carry something for you because you can do it your damn self.


  • Show them off. You are going to wear short sleeves. You are going to wear tank tops. You are going to wear strapless clothing. Many women wish they had chiseled arms like you do. Make them envious! Don’t spend your life hiding under loose, shapeless clothing because you feel like you look too masculine. If your arms are cut, not bulky, then you will always seem athletic instead of manly.


  • If you wear long sleeves, wear flattering cuts. Many sleeves on items such as sweaters and dresses are too tight on muscular arms and define them in an unflattering way. Try on clothing with looser sleeves, or tend towards blouses and jackets, which naturally have more give and room in those areas.


  • Halters and wide tank straps usually look better than strapless items or spaghetti straps. Halters are very flattering to your shoulders (unless they are extremely broad) and hide any loose underarm skin or fat while accentuating your chest, drawing attention away from your arms. Wide straps camouflage the same areas, while spaghetti straps do not adequately balance the mass of your upper arms. Cap sleeves are always a bad call unless your arms are very thin! Just stay away. Three-quarter length sleeves, however, are quite flattering because they show off the thinnest part of your arm, your lower forearm and wrist. It gives the illusion that your entire arm is thinner than it actually is.


There you go – just a few simple ideas to start you feeling more confident and less worried about your “big” arms. Most importantly, though – you really should be proud. Most likely you have spent a lot of time and effort getting those arm muscles, so the last thing you should be doing is hiding them! Revel in your power.

Amy Horton
I am a writer, free spirit, and fairly functional human living in Los Angeles. I tell it like I see it and I don't hold back. I hope to connect with my readers through our common experiences and touch some hearts and souls!

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