Derby/Springtime is the best time to strut your stuff in a new dress — ideally, one that shows off your best assets and downplays any areas you’re not so confident about. One common ‘trouble zone’ among women is upper arms. Here are a few ideas to keep in mind while shopping if you struggle with dressing your upper body with confidence.
- First and foremost in fashion, you must choose the correct size. This is key to dealing with any trouble area. Every designer and clothing producer has a different pattern, so even if you know you are a true size, you may need to size up or even size down. Never allow the size to dictate how you feel about an outfit — it’s all about the fit.
- Choose a longer sleeve that hits at the elbow or a bit below. Choosing a sleeve that hits at the widest part of your arm will make it look even larger.
- With sleeveless pieces, drape a scarf or wrap over your shoulders for an extra layer that can both conceal and add comfort. A cropped, structured jacket is a great piece to wear on cooler Derby days as well.
- Choose a thicker strap or a v-neck. Remove focus from your arms by showing off a beautiful décolletage. Add a statement necklace or choose a dress with a decorative top.
- Don’t wear a stiff or non-stretchy fabric. If your fabric is too tight or has no room to breathe, it will create pulling.
- Don’t create drama on your sleeve (unless it is below your elbow). Embellishments on your shoulders or bold patterns will spotlight your arms. Instead, belt your waist or choose a statement shoe (florals are perfect for spring) to accentuate another area of your body.
By Erin Fust