It’s funny how I’ve acquired tuckshop arms yet the closest I have got to my children’s tuckshop is writing on the brown paper bags and counting out the correct change every Friday.
Well it’s not really all that funny. If I spent more time pumping my biceps over the years AND signing up for tuckshop duty, then I probably wouldn’t even have what Kath & Kim fondly call fadoobadahs.
But I do.
And I was reminded of this when baring my arms on our recent trip the US. Mr 7 thought that prodding the underside of my upper arm and watching it repeatedly ricochet back and forward was almost as much fun as riding California Screamin’ at Disneyland. He’s lucky I didn’t put him on that damn rollercoaster and leave him there … kidding. Sort of.
See, I am at one with my tuckshop arms.
They are safely tucked away during the winter months and I have a wardrobe filled with tuckshop arm camouflages to get me through the tran-seasonal months.
(By the time it’s too freaking hot to give a damn … I don’t … and if there’s a dance floor … and if there’s enough champagne … I’ll happily wave them in the air showing how much I just don’t care.)
This might be a bit presumptuous but maybe you like to cover up your upper arms too?
Even if it’s just to enable you to wear something a bit summery when the temperature hasn’t quite got the spring memo … owning one or two or more of these types of cover ups extends your wardrobe.
It also means you are adding another layer to your outfit – something that’s more tricky in the warmer months than winter. And whenever you add a layer to your outfit, in one swift move you are essentially lifting to the next level of style.
That’s got to be a good thing, right?
How to cover up arms
1. Jackets. I’ve already covered off on these here but I can’t stress enough how they make a difference to your wardrobe – tuckshop arms or no tuckshop arms. They turn casual into classy in one easy move. Roll up the sleeves for spring chic.
2. Cardis. Short-sleeved ones worn open or buttoned up are not just for nanas. They can turn a pretty dress into perfect.
3. Shrugs. These are clever little wardrobe pieces that essentially just sit over the arms, allowing you to keep your arms covered while still showing off a tank-style or strappy top or dress.
4. Kimonos. I love these – particularly if you can find silk ones. They are light and floaty and will work over a sleeveless top or dress even in summer.
5. Long-sleeved shirts. Look for silk or linen and wear with sleeves rolled up and just one or two buttons done up over a tank top or dress.
15 shopping suggestions
Click on the gallery below and scroll through – these are all available now online. Just click on the caption for a link through to buy or have a closer look.
Did you seen any cover-ups that could work in your wardrobe? Are your arms your pride and joy or are you at one with your fadoobadahs like I am?
My hot tip? This is the exact time to buy lightweight cover-ups … once full summer hits you won’t find any in store.