For several centuries women have been utilizing various tools to help shape their body. For example, corsets, girdles, bustles, and even socks in bras. The star player in the last two decades has been stretch shapewear. Until recently the focus has been on reducing the bottom, thighs and stomach regions. Now there is a solution for women who suffer from the dreaded flab that hangs under the arms.
If flabby arms have been restricting you to hiding your arms beneath shapeless sleeves, the advent of arm shapewear could prove a real blessing. Just as magic knickers can lift and flatten your stomach, arm shapewear will help streamline your arm line. This may allow you to wear fitted sleeve styles and stretch jersey garments. Alternatively, many styles are attractive enough to form part of a layered look with your desired choice of top.
Tips on choosing arm shapewear
The fit of shapewear is very important to both its effectiveness and your comfort. It needs to be tight enough to really hold you in, but not so tight as to cause discomfort. If you buy shapewear too loose you may actually add more bulk to your arm region, rather than reducing it. You also need to make sure that your shapewear doesn’t create unsightly bulges where it starts and ends. You will find that many good quality styles will taper off their compression towards the start and end to ensure that you don’t get these bulges.
You want to look for styles that are seamless, or only have a seam that sits under the center bottom of the arm. Otherwise you may create seam lines under your clothing, in the same way a bra seam can show through a fitted top.
Most shapewear comes in a choice of a least two colors, skin tone and black. If you intend to wear light colors you will require a skin tone style, as black may be visible from underneath. However, if you are using your arm shapewear to layer, you might like a dark color like black, since dark colors are more visually slimming.
Brands offering arm shapewear
If you are interested in arm shapewear here are a few brands and sites to start you off:
Slimpressions have a style called the “Have Nots” which shapes the arms and torso or the “Haves” which shapes the arms, bust and torso.
Leg luxe offers an arm shaper that is a bit like a bolero, called the Silver Wave Slimming Sleeves. It completely covers the arms and a few inches at the top of the back. It comes in fashion colors and has a textured detail. So it’s perfect for adding over a nice dress or blouse. It is also advertised to help improve the appearance of your arms by improving microcirculation and boosting lymphatic drainage.
Tres sleek offers lots of arm shapewear options. The De Quart arm shaper sleeve is an above elbow length bolero style. It is advertised as reducing the biceps and triceps region by half an inch to three inches. The Pleine arm shaper sleeve is a longer version that ends between forearm and wrist. They offer most styles in bundle packs containing different colors. They also have slimming bodysuit styles and slimming T-shirts that have sleeves infused with power tricot.