Embrace Sleeveless Confidence: Don't Let Fear Hold You Back!

Ladies, it's time to shine in sleeveless splendor!

Picture yourself in a stylish, sleeveless top, radiating confidence. Bid farewell to old concerns and welcome the thrill of going sleeveless. Your arms have been your companions through life's ups and downs – waving, hugging, dancing, and helping you express yourself. Going sleeveless is your moment to let them shine. Embrace your arms just as they are, with all their charm and character.

While most blogs and articles you come across about sleeveless dressing focus on how to improve your arms – what exercises will tone them best and what creams to use to camouflage the crepiness we experience as we age – Shepherd’s takes a more body-positive approach when it comes to advice on rocking a sleeveless style. We believe that you don’t have to change who you are or what you look like to love the clothes you’re in!

Real-life tips to love sleeveless dressing:

Chuckle at unrealistic standards. Let's laugh at beauty standards that miss the mark. Why fit into a mold that's not yours? Going sleeveless after a certain age may feel like challenging social norms, but let’s reframe it to signify you showcasing self-love in its most authentic form.

Radiate confidence. Confidence is magnetic. Embrace your age and stage and showcase your style. Going sleeveless isn't just about fashion – it's about self-celebration. Walking confidently with bare arms isn't just a style choice – it's empowerment!

Take baby steps. Start with cap sleeves, flutter sleeves, or thicker straps to help ease you into the transition of loving your sleeveless look. There are many types of sleeveless tops and dresses – experiment to see what makes you feel the most comfortable and confident.

Style it up. Layer a sleeveless top that you love or add a topper (or Sleevey Wonder) to create some coverage. Try wearing a tank over a tee to create a vest look. Just because you’re not ready to wear a sleeveless piece by itself doesn’t mean you can’t style it up to suit your comfort level. No need to miss out on your favorite styles!

Sleeveless does not have to be a bad word!

Your arms carry strength, memories, and unmatched beauty. If you’re ready to step into the spotlight and challenge norms, then flaunt the sleeveless look with pride. It’s YOUR style – express yourself in your own unique way, regardless of the size and shape of your arms. People will be too busy admiring your fabulous outfit (and asking where you bought it!) to even notice your bare arms!


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  • Shelly Cain

    Love this blog!! I didn’t start going sleeveless until into my ’50’s. I attended a fashion show at Shepherd’s Train Yards styled by Lynne Spence. She said something that completely changed my mindset. She pointed out that regardless of what her arms looked like, she had both of them and they were strong and healthy. She’s absolutely right! I started going sleeveless and have never looked back!

  • Joan Emri

    Boy did I need to read this! I never choose sleeveless because I am self conscious of my arms. They are pretty thin but they show my age. I love how all the ladies go sleeveless and I just stepped out and ordered two sleeveless turtlenecks on the pre-order. I am going to go for it.
    Thank you for your inspiration, humour and acceptance. Just love all of you ladies and your videos and clothes.

  • Patty Stober

    Thank you so much for this positive article. At 67, I am just starting to learn that my arms tell a story of love and I shouldn’t be embarrassed that they aren’t as toned as they used to be. These arms held both of my newborn sons in their first cuddles years ago. They also held my husband when he was dying of cancer and I whispered to him that it was okay to leave us for now. My arms snuggled all of our grands and still envelope them whenever they can. My arms tell a story of how I lived and love. I’m trying to make a habit of showing them off – it’s a work in progress…

  • Theresa Card

    Love this message today! Last year I did decide to embrace my age, let go of my self-consciousness and go sleeveless! I have never looked back and I own several sleeveless pieces now. This summer, one of my girlfriends commented on how confident I looked in my sleeveless dress. She said she could never be so brave. I shared this blog with her this morning!

  • Cecilia Hu

    Beautiful words of wisdom and encouragement to entice anyone to dress oneself in a positive outlook irrespective of age or body size!!

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