To go sleeveless or not? That is the question. I’ve revisited this dilemma every summer for the past several years. I know I’m not alone, because it’s a topic of conversation with my over-50 inner circle during this time of year.
It goes something like this: “It’s hot outside and I want to wear a tank top, but my arms look terrible. Am I going to worry about it or be comfortable?”
And there lies the predicament in which we mature ladies find ourselves.
I guess I should clarify: …. in which some of us mature ladies find ourselves.
We see plenty of older women baring their arms on hot summer days. Do they think about this problem? Or do they wear what’s comfortable and to hell with those who will judge? Do they simply accept the fact that aging skin doesn’t look like 20 year old skin (or even 40 year old skin for that matter)? Do they feel great despite our societal obsession with youth and beauty?
In the end, it doesn’t really matter how everyone else is dressing during the summer season of bare skin. What matters is how comfortable I am – both physically and psychologically.
Where do you stand on this summertime predicament? Are you able to get out there on those sizzling days, bare arms, without a care? I envy that.
I recently purchased a bright, sleeveless top from my Stitch Fix shipment a few weeks ago. I evaluated the fact that I was going to have to come to terms with my less-than-youthful arms when I decided to have it.
(Check out the styles at the end of the post for various summertime top options.)
Now, don’t get me wrong. I know I have decent arms . . . for my age (always that tag line!).
My arms have always been slender. And I have long arms, and their length gives a graceful appearance (I’m always proving to people how long they are by comparing with their arms). I used to affectionately refer to my arms as “Olive Oyl arms”!
Even so, the effects of aging are visible.
I have considered that if I had heavier arms, the skin would be filled in and my arms would have a more youthful appearance. But I haven’t figured out how I to gain weight in my arms and not the rest of my body.
Instead, as I have been looking ahead to my trip to Maui (now only two weeks away), I embarked on an arm strengthening workout.
I’ve been following a regular arm workout plan now for about a month, and I see changes, for sure.
Interested in checking out my arm workout? It’s designed for equipment found in a gym but can easily be adapted to an at-home workout.
Of course, there is a more important health benefit than appearance to a strength training program. I’m also building muscle and combating the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength that naturally occurs as we age. (Check out my post Fitness – How to Incorporate a Simple Routine that includes information about the aging process and loss of strength.)
The icing on the cake is that my arms do look better. But I’m not sure I’ll ever reach the point where the skin doesn’t appear saggy and crepe-y.
I’ll continue with my workout routine to find out.
So, as I approach my Maui departure date and revisit this dressing for the tropics subject, I’ve decided that I can’t hide my age on my face, and I am not going to be able to disguise my “arm age” either. I’ll bring some sleeveless tops and wear them without obsessing about how the arms look. Who cares? I doubt that anyone will be putting the condition of my arms under a microscope. So maybe I should stop it too.
When styling a sleeveless look, it’s best to opt for tops with texture or color. These features draw the eye and provide the optimal camouflage for aging skin.
There are other options for how to dress on top in summer weather – lots of them actually. This post, What to Wear When You Don’t Want to Go Sleevelss, from last year shares some great summer styles that keep arms covered.
In the mood to shop summer tops, both sleeveless and not? I’ve curated a selection of beautiful and current cold shoulder styles as well as sleevless tops that feature color and texture below.
Cold Should Tops – A Summertime Option
Sleeveless Looks with Color and Texture
These photos were taken at the beautiful Hall Winery in the Napa Valley. In addition to amazing wines, Hall’s grounds are home to incredible works of art. The photos in this post were taken inside the winery’s tasting room. Stunning and huge art pieces enhance the visit.
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