Short answer: slather on the sunscreen, and go on about your day. 😆 But seriously…
There are few style topics that seem to elicit strong opinions as much as going sleeveless, especially at a certain age. Women have feelings about exposing their arms, and I’m not immune either. I’ve learned to disregard age-related style rules, but I do believe that we should wear what makes us feel both comfortable and confident.
I haven’t worn sleeveless styles often, and have rarely posted them here. I’ve always had some hangups about my arms, even in my youth. When I was around 6 or 7, my mother told me that my arms were “too fat” to wear sleeveless tops, and it stuck with me. And with age, I’ve developed some interesting, erm…texture on my arms. Plus, I can’t tolerate having my bra straps visible. (One “rule” I’ve never been able to let go of.)
And I run cold, so am only comfortable without sleeves when it’s quite warm.
But there are some plusses to sleeveless looks too, and I’ve wanted to get more comfortable with wearing them. For one thing, it expands my style options. For another, it can help create a more “vertical” silhouette. And sleeveless styles are often easier and more comfortable to wear underneath a jacket or cardigan when I need to throw one on.
Getting comfortable with going sleeveless after 60 (or at any age)…
Aside from constantly reminding myself that it’s perfectly OK to look my age, a couple of things have helped me get comfortable with more arm exposure. One is that since doing weight and strength training as part of the Faster Way to Fat Loss program, my arms are more toned. I’ll admit, this program has made a huge difference for me, both in improving my strength/mobility and in increasing my confidence. (There’s a new round starting June 28 if you’re interested…)
I still have some loose, crepey skin on my arms, but I’ve recently found a couple of products that really help with that. One is U Beauty Sculpt Arm Compound. And I recently had the opportunity to try Biossance Squalane + Caffeine Toning Body Cream (gifted). I’ve always been really skeptical about “toning” creams, but both of these really firm and smooth the skin on my arms. My arms are far from perfect, but whatever “texture” remains I’ve decided to make peace with.
What I look for in sleeveless tops
- Wider straps/shoulders and a narrower arm opening to keep my bra under wraps
- If you have wide shoulders, opt for a medium width strap and deeper neckline (v-neck or scoop neck).
- I look for cuts and fabrics that aren’t too clingy. (Personal preference.)
More tops like this one (with & without sleeves)
I endorse wearing what makes YOU feel most comfortable. Sleeves or no sleeves, shorts or long pants…we don’t owe it to anyone else to either expose or cover up our aging bodies. It’s really a matter of style and personal preference. And if you do go sleeveless, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Let’s go see what my friends have to say…
In case you missed it, here’s last week’s Instagram live with the Over 50 Style Team, talking about tips for dressing different body shapes.