We’ve all experienced our share of arm envy, often assuming that great arms can be attributed to hours logged at the gym. While that certainly plays a significant role, your choice of shirt style is equally important. Surprised? Thanks to a few sartorial tricks, it’s possible to fool the eye into seeing a thinner, more toned arm. Whatever you do, avoid cap sleeves at all costs (unless your arms are extra slender), as they hit the arm at its largest point.
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It’s entirely possible to go sleeveless while still flattering your arms. Try a v-neck sleeveless top to highlight your collarbone and neckline while drawing attention away from your arms.
10 Crosby Derek Lam V Neck Tank With Cross Back ($295) in Midnight
If you wear this tank, all the attention will be on your back, thanks to a dramatic pleated chiffon panel.
The proportions of a boxy top with loose sleeves will help to create the appearance of thinner arms by comparison.
Madewell Flannel Courier Shirt in Blueridge Plaid ($74) in Vintage Canvas
Pair this oversized shirt with skinny jeans and ankle boots for a chic early fall look.
Three-quarter-length sleeves hit at the forearm, which is usually the thinnest part of the arm. Look for sleeves that are slim without being tight, and keep in mind that dark colors create a leaner effect than lighter hues.
The Kooples Leather Trip Front Zip Crepe Top ($295) in Black
A lightweight moto jacket-inspired top is so cool and clever.
This one is all about the shoulders. Shirts with collars that lie close to the neck direct attention to the more toned curve of your shoulders than your upper arms.
Current/Elliott The Sleeveless Perfect Shirt ($178) in Miner
A sleeveless chambray top is a great layering piece—just throw on a cozy cardigan in chilly temps.