What To Wear When It’s Hot (And You Want To Cover Your Arms)

– What to wear during
those hot summer months, when you don’t want to show your arms, but you still need to stay cool. (upbeat music) Hi ladies, it’s Erin and
welcome back to my channel. Through my channel, my mission
is to keep style simple, to help you with any
of your style dilemmas. One of the most common style dilemmas, what the heck do I wear during the summer, when it’s 90 plus degrees, when I don’t want my arms
flapping in the breeze, but I still need to stay cool? So I’m going to talk
about five combinations that you can wear to
keep those arms covered, but also stay cool, and of course, stylish
in the summer months. Before I dive in, just a quick note that I have done a video
very similar to this one tackling the other common question I get which is, what to wear
in the summer months when you don’t want to show off your legs, you don’t want to wear shorts, so I share alternatives to wearing shorts. I’ll put a link to that video below in the description box. (upbeat music) Let’s get started with
combination number one, and that is the light
weight button down top. I really love to go browse jcrew.com and look for the lightweight top there. They often have the roll
tab, the roll up sleeve, the very lightweight cotton, or the very lightweight linen tops. You don’t have to go to J. Crew, that’s just one of my go-tos. You could look at Nordstrom, you could look at a lot of different sites to find that gauze, breathable, lightweight fabric button down top, where you can roll up the sleeve. Either it has the roll tab, the little button that
keeps the sleeve up, or you just roll it up, and you do one of my favorite cuffs, which is one big long cuff
and then a second cuff over the big long cuff. With this white linen
button up top from J. Crew, I just paired it with some
high rise, AGOLDE shorts. I love these denim shorts
because, number one, they are high rise but
then also number two, they have a longer inseam
than most denim shorts. I don’t know why manufacturers do this. Why do we have to make denim
shorts scandalously short? It’s ridiculous, I don’t
want to walk around with my butt cheeks hanging out. I’m a grown woman, right? (laughs) That’s why I love these shorts, because when you put your
arms down at your sides, the hemline of the short is almost at the end of your fingertips, so they feel like an
appropriate length of short. But you don’t have to
wear shorts you guys. Again, I did a whole video on what to wear when you don’t want to wear shorts and you still want to stay cool. This is just an outfit option. This bag is a dupe that I got from Amazon, it’s a dupe of Cult Gaia. Then on my feet, just a
pair really comfortable espadrille wedges in
a beautiful brown tone that’s very neutral and versatile. Just be on the lookout
if you don’t already have a button up, lightweight top, that you can roll up the sleeves with. That’s an awesome option
to cover your arms, but to also stay cool. (upbeat music) The second combination
I want to talk about are short sleeve tops and tees. The short sleeve tee,
or a short sleeve top will give you the arm
coverage that you want, but will not sacrifice, in terms of heat. You’re still gonna stay cool because it’s a short sleeve top, and you could take it a step further, and go three-quarter sleeve
if you need more coverage. Here’s the top that I bought. It’s a wrap front top
by Faithfull the Brands. I love the beautiful green color. I love this very subtle floral print, and then I just pair that with some really breathable
cotton, white cropped wide leg trousers from J. Crew. On my feet, a pair of wedges,
same espadrille wedges that I just showed you
in the previous slide. (upbeat music) The Next option I want to share is probably the most unusual combination, and the wild card of the bunch, and that is to wear a light weight kimono over your shell, or
cami, or T, and shorts. So that gives you the arm
coverage that you want, but you still have this sheer kimono, very lightweight kimono on,
that keeps you very cool. It’s incredibly sheik, it
adds so much drama, I love it. The beautiful thing about the kimono too, is that it gives you the
coverage on your legs as well, so you can have coverage both
with the arms and the legs. This kimono, by the way, I
bought while I was in California, and its by a line I had
not heard of before, called We Are Leone, and
it is just exquisite. It has a matching price tag for that, so please don’t write
me and say, oh my gosh. It’s very expensive, but it is gorgeous. I love it, and there are a lot of different print combinations. So, I will put a couple of
options below and, of course, an option for less, as I always do, when I feature something very pricey, I share an option that
is similar for less. (upbeat music) Your next option is to wear a short three-quarter
or long sleeve dress. Dresses are a beautiful
thing in the summer. It’s a one and done. It’s so simple and then
you still look polished, stylish, sophisticated, pretty, feminine. It’s awesome. So here’s a dress that is from J. Crew. It’s in a tan color. This would be like an
African safari dress. I mean, not like you would
go on safari with it, but it feels very safari
inspired because of the color. Again, I have sleeves here. It’s a cotton dress,
the nature of the dress, the fit of the dress keeps you cooler, but you’ve got the arm coverage
that you need and want. This dress by the way runs
a bit small for J. Crew, so I ordered my normal J. Crew size, and I should have actually
sized that one size. (upbeat music) Your last option in terms of
keeping those arms covered but also staying cool in
those summer hot months, is to wear a top that is
sheer, or eyelet, or crochet, something that breathes because
of the design or the fabric. Either it’s a sheer fabric, or you’ve got that eyelet detailed. It’s basically holes, right? It’s holes in the top. So here’s an example of a top that it’s got eyelet shoulders, a shear body, and then it’s got some eyelet detailing along the sleeves. The fabric is cotton, breathable,
it’s sheer, breathable, it’s eyelet, breathable, and then it also has the sleeves and the
arm coverage that I want. Pair that with a beautiful
summery midi skirt. A midi skirt is something I talked about in the other video for those
who don’t want to wear shorts. It’s a great option to
give you some more coverage on your legs, but still keep
you cool in the summer months. This one feels a lot more casual. It also is a linen blend, so it is a very breathable fabric too. Same wedges on my feet. Obviously, they’re very versatile. You probably should scoop ’em
up, if you haven’t already. They run true to size. Those are the five outfit ideas
to keep those arms covered, and that bat wings at bay,
during those hot summer months, and also keeping you cool
so you don’t burn up. Let me know if you guys
have any questions. I’ll put links to everything below in the description box. I’ll put time codes for each
of the individual looks, so you can refer back to
them if you’d like to. If you liked this video and
you haven’t already subscribed, I hope you will hit that subscribe button. If you want some more daily, just casual everyday outfit inspiration, pop over to Instagram. I’m @Busbeestyle there, and I
post outfits of the day there. Thank you guys so much for watching, and I will see you next time. Bye bye. (upbeat music)

William Babineau


  1. So thoughtful of you, Erin. I love that you always care about all of your viewers, and it's never about how beautiful and smart you are! You also shared that someone commented that you have big arms- you sharing this really helped me with my own insecurities about my arms. I started showing my arms more and more this year, and I started to not worry so much about it. Thank you, Erin. You are one of my favorite humans in the world!

  2. You have addressed a real issue with those of us who have batwing arms. I hate a lot of knit tops with short short sleeves that show most of your arm anyway. Not flattering at all. Thank you very much!

  3. Erin it would be helpful if you gave the size you are wearing. I tend to wear the same size as you and I don’t know exactly the fit of some of the styles. Thx!

  4. I love Sleevey Wonders. They are a cropped top sort of thing in a sheer mesh nylon that covers your bra and includes elbow length sleeves. They work great under tanks and sleeveless dresses.

  5. Thanks Erin! Love your content it is all so relevant and I really appreciate you!😘

  6. Where is the white shoulder bag from? Thanks for the video, great ideas!

  7. FINALLY!! My arms could flap me to the moon. AND, I live in Texas. All these “Wear a cute blazer!!” style tips would KILL me 😂

    Thank you for this!!!!

  8. Hm just realised that my dress with cut out shoulders is perfect for this shows a lot of arm but not where I want more coverage …. forgot about that, thanx for the inspiration!

  9. What top do you were under your sheer shirt like the white eyelet one? I've work tanks, but they move around under and I don't want to constantly go to the bathroom to adjust before meetings and such.

  10. The KIMONO was just beautiful!! An Esquisite piece!!! Another option for coverage on the arms I have shared is the Sleevey Wonders! Their mesh and your arms can still breathe! I love to wear them under my sundress's etc. Enjoyed Erin. xo Laurie

  11. Hi busbee I really love your tips especially the summer ones with arms knees and thighs cover and really light and cool gown you look amazing by the way from Ireland 🇮🇪 xx

  12. On the contrary, how to look good in sleeveless dress/top? I love them but look good in some whilst look terrible in the others. One thing I note is the 'size' of the 'arm hole'. Please pardon my language, English isn't my first language 🙏🏻🙏🏻

  13. Fyi those wedges are sold out in that color but there was at least one neutral option available

  14. Great tips! I like the idea of covering more of the arm to protect from the sun as well. I often do the sheer white shirt with a cami under. At 67, most times I just wear what I am comfortable in.

  15. I loved the kimono on you, Erin!!! Thanks for the suggestions, and recommendations. Many blessings..MaryEllen

  16. All great suggestions! Also great when we go from heat into a/c:)

  17. Love the We Are Leon duster – please DO keep including higher priced options – love hearing about new brands. Note some of their items currently on major sale on Net-A-Porter

  18. You are a so elegant and beautiful woman!! You are amazing💞💞
    Thanks a lot for your tips. Kisses from Greece 💚💙💛

  19. Always love your videos and classy choices. Keep on styling, Erin! 😍

  20. I wouldn't really recommend the beige dress for hot days as it's fitted at the underarm and would show sweat mercilessly. Better option is something that doesn't fit at the underarm. I have some short sleeve shirts I wear open over a non-fitted halter and that really works well on the hot days. I also really love skorts.

  21. I would love when you show a design option, sheer top, that you insert photos of different ideas or examples of ones from stores like target, Walmart, Nordstrom, old navy simple places to shop from

  22. May I ask, What makes that sheer coat in option #3 a _kimono_? It doesn't have kimono style sleeves (which I love!); and nothing else about it particulary says "kimono!" to me… not that I don't think it's pretty; just not a kimono.

  23. Aha… the rolled sleeve button down! Great idea. So chic! I have another tip: I have three mesh cardigans: one black, one white, and one my favorite color teal. I can throw those on over a tank or a swimsuit and stay cool yet cover my 47-year-old arms.

  24. Happy, happy Birthday, Erin!!!! 231K! Now that's a gift in itself:)) xo Diane

  25. Not sure if you’re using a new bronzer and/or lipstick, but I love your make up lately. Also, I love it when you record your videos in your house; great, relaxed background. Thank you so much for all the work you put into your very informative channel.

  26. I have beautiful arms.,but they’re 64 years old so they wrinkle/sag in certain positions!.That’s not a good enough reason for covering them up!! Love that bod of yours Ladies😊😊👍

  27. Hi Erin. Thanks a lot. Learnt so much from you! Hi from Brussels, Belgium!

  28. Erin, I think one of the best solutions would be off-the-shoulder tops! The sleeves will cover your arms, but show your decollate and shoulders, which usually do not age!! I am 73 and find them extremely flattering.

  29. Thanks for the video and the many choices you suggest. I still feel given the humidity around at this time that anything tightish is a killer! I have moved thru the stage that renders me shy and now just do my own thing and to hell with the critics. I wear sleeveless, short loose sleeves(the best) 3/4, elbow and long. The temperature calls the shots. Yoga helos.❤

  30. I like to cover my arms especially the tops because they're too thin . None of us are happy with our arms . I personally like oversized shirts were I can roll up the sleeves. Cool and comfortable. Love the pink moto jacket by the way ,I have one very similar. xx

  31. GAP has boyfriend linen button ups in basic colors for sale right now! I bought some last year and love them. Just bought a few more colors for Hawaii. Go gettem!

  32. Such a great video! Looking at kimonos. What size is yours? I found something from the same brand and I’m considering it. Thank you!

  33. I never thought it would happen to me. Most fashion godesses forgot the reality of body change. Please give more tips.

  34. Got those wedges today. On sale, finally,. Great video as always. Could you do a video on clashing prints? I've started putting some outfits together and loving it. Also there is another trend where you have one dressy piece, i.e., skirt, and pair it with a big sloppy t-shirt, or something like that. I forgot what it's called, but very cool.

  35. I love these looks, my favorite is the kimono. What a great idea!

  36. Erin,
    I agree with you 100% regarding shorts lengths.👏
    Why —so short is the question of the day.🙀
    Why—can't various lengths be manufactured ???🤔
    I think we need ✨you Erin ✨to manufacture a line of designer clothing from your perspective.
    You are so educated and experienced in fashion for women.
    We need more women designing for women. 👗🙋🏼

  37. Thank you Erin! You always make practical videos. This has been my issue for so long.

  38. Erin you can do daisy dukes! Go ahead do some daisy dukes…double dog dare you! Lol You have the body to wear them! I have been doing Sanne Vander 10 min arm workout and it has made a difference. I love her workout videos, I am a vander fit!

  39. Thin, trim women in a kimono, gorgeous. Average women; I would look like a parrot who just escaped . The bat wings may just help me fly faster. Please bring back your average size model.

  40. Sometimes coverage is simply for being sun safe or when you want a more conservative look. Thanks again for more great tips. X

  41. I love kimono 's they are very much on trend and add drama to an outfit. Also, they are sheer and cool just perfect for summer.

  42. This is why l am so annoyed that the cold shoulder look is apparently passe. lt was perfect for women like me. You bare your arms, yet you don't.
    Otherwise l stick to light singlets with linen or cotton shirts over the top.

  43. You presented some great options! I love that kimono – it's just stunning!

  44. Im into and loving everything off the shoulder and cold shoulder.I look for light weight materials like rayon spandex.Cotton spandex elbow or 3/4 flutter sleeve tops and dresses .Light weight cardis and kimonos too never sleeveless never been a fan.Great vids love them

  45. One of the best things that I do and you did not mention, is to wear a lace bolero or shrug over a sleeveless dress or under the sleeveless dress.  I still get use of these dresses at age 66 that I would not wear any longer due to arms.  This is a great tip for older ladies and it looks great like downtown abbey when they wore a lot of black lace dresses or tops.

  46. I am in my late 50s and enjoy fashion, but I don’t want to look ridiculous. I am also a new subscriber and loving your videos. Thank you, thank you, thank youuuu!!

  47. I love all these ideas Erin, thank you.Along the lines of the kimono, a light weight cotton shirt left open over a printed vest looks fantastic, or conversely, a printed shirt worn the same way over a plain vest.

  48. Thanks for the video! I wore a white button up yesterday… I like thin tunics on hot days. They usually have a slight bell 3/4 sleeve & good coverage in the back. I have found some beautiful ones at Nordstrom’s & Macy’s with embroidery &/or beaded detail, as well as some less expensive ones at other stores like T.J. Maxx, etc. They are my summer time favorite!

  49. Love this ❤️. 2 questions. What Cami and slips to wear in the summer to keep cool? I buy these cool breezy outfits but with a Cami and slips, they are hot again.😭

  50. There is not enough gauze in the world. It is wonderful! It washes beautifully. Cool, easy care. More GAUZE! More GAUZE! More GAUZE!

  51. Thank you for this video. Broke my humerus in the Fall which required surgery to repair. The scars haven't faded yet which makes me hesitant to wear sleeveless tops. Love these ideas!

  52. I can't imagine wearing anything longer than short sleeves in the summer. It truly amazes me that there is so many long sleeved pieces for sale in the summer. And wow, did you ever hit the bullseye with those short shorts! I like pretty, sexy, edgy, but always modest- and frankly more comfortable. How can anyone stand shorts riding up? LOL! Great video. Thanks Erin.

  53. Would you consider doing a video on how to deal with the wrinkles of linen outfits? How to best avoid them, how to still look chic despite the rumples, etc…

  54. The problem with the first combination is: if you have to cover your arms then you have most likely to cover your legs too, so no shorts . I know that too well 😂

  55. We have always been able to find the longer shorts and elbow length sleeves.

  56. From South Australia…..use large floaty scarves to drape softly over your shoulders and arms, and a strapless top or sleeveless top underneath. Cool, modest, beautiful. Love from Australia 🇦🇺

  57. I have about 6 non-iron linen shirts (I still iron them, although they don’t wrinkle much), they are awesome with 3/4 length sleeves. Chic and cool! Thanks for the tips Erin 😍

  58. Love your style and I keep buying your recos! What size are you wearing in the AGOLDE Dee Ultra High-Rise Shorts?? Im ususally a 26 and wondering if I should size up?

  59. You only live once! Who cares about your arms!!! Live your best life NOW!

  60. I love you and your videos!!! you look so good in that pink moto jacket.

  61. Oh my goodness! People yes, it does matter if you’re not comfortable showing your arms. Wrinkles , crepes, hanging skin etc. I see a lot of women out there with tank tops and wrinkled arms and I wonder if they looked in the mirror before they left the house. No matter how cute the outfit is, if there’s crepes and wrinkles in the arms….it’s not a cute look. My opinion.

  62. Great tips thanks! Unfortunately due to autoimmune disease, Ive developed a true allergy to the sun so regardless how hot it is, I have to stay covered head to toe. I wear combinations of long gauze cotton pants, faux wrap long sleeve tops over tanks tops, maxi dresses, skirts, light long sleeve button up tops, and gauzy cotton long sleeve tops during summer. If not too hot I wear cute long-sleeved light tunics or short dresses over leggings. I also wear large sunhats and sunglasses, and lots of sunscreen all over my body but especially my hands and feet.

  63. I lost 120 lbs 5 yrs ago, that on top of being 59 my arms could provide enough material to make a purse. Thank god I have great legs. BTW I bought some great button fly denim jeans that I hacked up making my own shorts customizing the length as I’m fairly tall. Wore them for 2 weeks in Ireland as EVERYONE now wears shorts & Mom jeans.

  64. Excellent Advice! LOL…Erin, this is my dilemma at 60 years old. My once buff upper arms have gone to pot! After menopause and being diagnosed with MS in 2012, all my muscle tone is only but a memory. 
    I would like to add one more trick I do all the time to stay cool in the summer. I'm loving the off the shoulder, and cold shoulder trend! This trend has been my best friend for the last few years! LOL… Thank God our shoulders never sag! LOL… My shoulders are all I have left now gravity hasn't ravaged.
    I also like to keep my hair short and off my neck. For me, it's keeping my upper body neck and head cool that makes the most significant impact for me. Now I think it is just as cool as a tank top used to be, and my arms stay covered!
    Love your videos so much.
    You are the best Erin!

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