Can You Wear Sleeveless Tops Over 50

Going sleeveless is a bit of a “thing” for most midlife women, including me. Unless you work out consistently and sometimes even then, the skin on our upper arms loses elasticity and can get a crepey appearance. Some women wear sleeveless garments without giving it a thought, but many do not. Today I’m joining my stylish blogging friends from the Over 50 Style Team,  Tania, Susan, and Deborah to discuss our thoughts on how we wear sleeveless tops over 50.

In my thirties, baring or not baring my upper arms never crossed my mind. I just did. The older I’ve become, the more it’s become an issue for me. My latest weight loss was great for my feet and knees but wreaked havoc on my face, neck, and upper arms. And to be honest, my upper arms have taken the biggest hit, which these pictures don’t show.


I admit I am not exercising as much as I could be and my goal is to always do more, but even then, the amount of extra skin in my underarm area isn’t likely to go away unless I put that weight back on.

over 50 blogger jennifer connolly wearing sleeveless tee dress

If I do plan to wear sleeveless tops, I head straight to the petite department. They generally have a shallower armhole so they cover more of what I don’t want exposed. They’re also more likely to cover the side of my bra which is mandatory.


I saw my dermatologist for a follow-up yesterday and I asked her about my upper arms. She surprised me by suggesting I use a Retinol cream on them. She then went on to say even Retin A would help so I’m going to add that to my regime. I’ve started using a bit of my self-tanner on my arms and it does help a bit.


I’ve just bought this cream at the suggestion of a reader and really like how it feels. It’s cruelty-free and fragrance-free with lots of great reviews. It’s too early to see any results but it is very moisturizing so I apply it twice a day. There are some very highly rated products to improve the look of skin on your upper arms.



The U Beauty Sculpt Arm Compound is quickly becoming a cult favorite. It has a cocktail of interesting ingredients that promise to help your skin look firmer. It’s also cruelty-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Crepe Erase is already a cult favorite and many women swear by it to improve the texture of the skin all over their body.

What say you? Is going sleeveless something you give any thought to?

Now let’s head over and see what these ladies have to say about going sleeveless.

Tania at 50 Is Not Old,– Susan at une femme d’un certain âge, – and Deborah at Fabulous After 40


Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.


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  1. Debbie
    July 17, 2021 / 9:01 pm

    Hi Jennifer,
    I have a summer wedding coming up to attend as a guest. I am having trouble working out what is appropriate these days for someone in their early 60’s . People don’t seem to dress up as much unless you are in the wedding party but do wear dresses in our region.

    I was wondering if you had considered doing a blog on this topic?


    • Jennifer
      July 19, 2021 / 4:45 pm

      That’s always a challenge. I would dress the way you feel comfortable and to be in tune with the venue. Feel free to shoot me an email and I can give you a few concrete ideas.

  2. Janice
    June 25, 2021 / 4:28 am

    I had already ordered that dress in black for vacation but truly appreciated the cream, I placed that order yesterday. Certain medication has caused more wrinkles but exercise has helped.

    • Jennifer
      June 25, 2021 / 7:35 am

      I’m noticing the cream helping! It’s only been a few days but is it’s helping the appearance of my skin

      • Jane rowsey
        July 7, 2021 / 8:58 pm

        Which cream are you referring to? Thx for any reply.

      • Jennifer
        July 7, 2021 / 10:08 pm

        A reader mentioned this cream which I’m trying. https://shopstyle.it/l/bv6G0
        It’s not miraculous but it is helping them
        Look better.

  3. Darlene
    June 24, 2021 / 8:18 am

    Until a year ago, I would not bear my upper arms. But then I moved to Arizona and have left my ego (self awareness with upper arms) go. However, sleeveless is hard because my bra often shows. I’m large busted, and the larger the size, the bigger the arm holes (and I already wear petite). My go to has become cap sleeves, even though the can make my arms look heavier. The Arizona heat requires some practicality.

  4. Karen Kasberg
    June 24, 2021 / 6:36 am

    This is a topic I totally relate to! I’m 57 and have recently lost a bit of weight and have noticed the same sagging and crepey skin problem areas you mentioned. While I am self conscious about it, most days I don’t let the demons in my head win, and if I want to wear something sleeveless I will. I’m learning to love my body, even at this stage of the game. I think it is something we all should strive for!

  5. Nancy
    June 23, 2021 / 9:24 pm

    At my age, I don’t really care what my arms look like. I, however do shy away from sleeveless just because I don’t think sleeveless items look that great on me. I think a short or 3/4 length sleeve looks better. I can’t stand having “regimen’s” for putting creams on; anywhere! It’s just too much work! I don’t even enjoy putting moisturizer on my body. I do it, but not consistently. I guess I’m low maintenance or maybe just lazy! Lol!
    You certainly don’t need to worry about your arms! That dress looks great! Let ’em hang out and be cool!

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