Updated on October 23rd, 2023 at 07:35 pm

When you have larger arms, it can really be stressful to find an outfit that can compensate for that.

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You can become self-conscious and end up wearing unflattering clothes that hide your body fat. But even if your arms are a bit larger, there are plenty of ways to hide them without compromising how the rest of your body looks.

We’ve put together a list of 4 useful tips and smart fashion tricks that you should use if you want to hide your arms but still look good!

What Causes Arms to Become Fat?

Fat arms are usually caused by excess fat in the body getting stored in the arms instead of other places. Some people’s bodies just do this, and it can cause quite a headache, especially if it’s messing up your confidence.

Some people have the same issue, but the excess fat gets stored in the thighs or stomach instead. Weight gain is a normal part of everyone’s life though, so don’t feel like you’re a bit strange if it happens to you. It’s more common than you think!

Another thing you have to take into consideration is everyone has a different body type. Your body type has a lot to do with the type of body fat you have and where it gets stored.

Be sure to see our recent article on how to be confident in your body.

Ways to Hide it

It will take a bit of time for you to lose this extra weight in your arms, but in the meantime, there are things you can do to compensate for that body fat, and they all come in the form of clothes. You will have to be creative in the way you dress, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look good!

We’ve included 4 tips here to help you maintain a good body image on your upper body. To go the extra mile with these tips, where darker colors, as they are naturally slimming!

1. Wear Three-Quarter-Length Sleeves

Wearing three-quarter-length sleeves is a great way to cover your arms if you want to hide your body fat. More often than not, when you’re concerned about arm fat, it’s more your upper arms than it is your lower.

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Three-quarter sleeves are great because they give off the illusion that your whole body is quite slim. 3/4 length, flattering sleeves usually end at a part of your arms that is quite narrow, and the sleeves make it look like the rest of your arms have the same narrowness.

There are so many different types of 3/4 length sleeve shirts out there as well, so you don’t have to narrow your choice down to boring and drab clothing, or limit yourself to full-sleeved outfits.

2. Wear Wide Sleeves with Volume

Another great way to hide your body fat is to wear shirts that have voluminous and wide sleeves. The best kinds of wide, voluminous sleeves come in the form of Kimono sleeves, bell sleeves, and long flutter sleeves. One of the most popular types of shirts with this sleeve type is actually batwing sleeve, sheer sleeves, and butterfly sleeve.

To convince you further that sheer sleeves are one of the best ones you can wear, you need to know that they are usually really airy and flowy, so your arms will be getting proper ventilation, even on really hot days. You can still enjoy the summertime even if you’re feeling a bit self-conscious with these sleeves!

You won’t be limited in your choices either. There are so many options for this style of sleeve out there, so you can look good and feel good at the same time.

3. Wear A Light Cardigan

If it’s a bit chilly but not freezing cold or you want something you can put on over your clothes to hide your arms, then light cardigans are going to be your new best friend! There are so many beautiful styles of cardigans out there, so you won’t be limited in your choice. If you have a certain style or fashion you want to emulate, you will definitely still be able to do this.

Cardigans also add to the illusion that your arms are a lot slimmer than they actually are, especially if you get one that has flowing sleeves. If cardigans aren’t really your thing, you can emulate the same effect with a small, full-sleeved jacket or even a stylish wrap.

4. Bring Attention to Your Shoulders

This is a great trick you should definitely implement into your life if you want to wear sleeveless dresses or sleeveless tops, and show a little bit off your arms in summer.

Pretty much all women have beautiful shoulders, regardless of their body type. The shoulders are definitely one of the greatest assets of the female body, so you should utilize them when you can. If you can bring the focus of attention to your shoulders, people won’t even notice your arms!

A great way you can do this is to wear shirts and dresses and other related items of clothing that keep the skin of your shoulders exposed. You want as much attention to be on your shoulders as you possibly can, while still looking elegant and classy.

Once you find the perfect shoulder attire that can amplify your sexy shoulders, you won’t have to worry about your arms at all! Just like all our other tips, there is no shortage of beautiful, shoulder-baring clothes you can find and invest in.


Just because you have a bit of extra fat in your arms, that doesn’t mean you can’t still dress to impress! If you follow the tips and tricks we have listed here on Extra Large Living, then you will soon regain your confidence, even if your arms are a bit larger. Use these age-old tricks to your advantage!

Give these smart tricks and tips a try and watch how much your body image improves. Whether you’re in the process of losing weight, or you just want to feel better about your body, these tips will help you along the way!

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