Post # 1
Warning:This is a crazy rant of a SkinnyFat girl. I know It’s kind of nuts
Seriously though, I don’t want to be that crazy girl who wears sweaters in the summer, but I’m going on a BIG trip and I know there’s going to be a LOT of picture taking. I hate my face in pictures (HATE HATE HATE) and my arms are my “problem area”
What shrug/shawl thing can I wear with an outfit that would mask the bigness of my arms without looking like I’m a crazy person? It’s going to be crazy hot.
I’m open to ALL wardrobe suggestions. I normally wear dresses and heels, I own 1 pair of jeans (not a fan:P) but I’m willing to try anything to not hate my pictures.
I’m a size 9, but for some reason in pictures I come off looking BIGGER then when I was when I was a size 16.
I know that sounds crazy. Here’s a pic of some family photos we took a while back. I had serious issues with these pictures.
Now here’s a picture that’s NOT professional, taken by my Mom (the one above is) of me 20 pounds bigger. I was a size 12/13 here. WHY DID I CUT MY HAIR (*cry)
My makeup was profesionally done in the 1st pic. I’ve been growing out my hair like a madman, but it’s still NOWHERE near where it should be. Plus I had a short pixie cut, so I have the dreaded pixie mullet going on. Trying to combat that.
Ok, Rant over. I need to breath. I seriously didn’t have issues with my body until after I lost weight. It’s like I didn’t loose it well and I look all “off” now. I liked myself in pictures better before. how nuts is that?!?!?!
Isn’t getting healthy supposed to make you feel better? I never thought I’d be sitting here wearing a size 8/9 dress and freaking out about my face looking fat.
I must be starting my period soon. You ladies are great. Thanks for letting me ramble.
Post # 3
Well first off you do NOT have fat arms. You are so pretty! I have no suggestions on covering arms, but I just had to get that in there 🙂
Post # 4
you don’t have fat arms – but the sweater you’re wearing is hitting you in the biggest part (I have issues with this as well)
my suggestion is to go sleeveless or pick a lightweight item where the sleeve ends closer to your elbow.
Post # 5
Uh, ya, you are being a crazy person 🙂 Your 2nd photo is beautiful, and you look like 10 years younger than the 1st. That said, I totally understand not liking to show your arms, and I’m visiting my folks this week too for 100 degree weather and I haven’t really figured out what to do. I’m thinking lightweight tunic/blouse thing? I don’t know honestly. Good luck though!
Post # 6
@mixtapehearts: Thank you! :3
@GroovyHippieChick: I used to wear a lot of clothing that has that “tee shirt” type of sleeve. Not anymore. It’s 3/4 or sleeveless all the way.
@HelloSweetie: I feel like weight loss aged me! I’m 27, and I feel like I look TONS younger in my “before” pictures. My sister says it’s just my hair, that it throws off my face right now and when it gorws back I’ll look more like myself.
The makeup I was wearing in the 2nd pic was my airbrush makeup. I wanted to have someone professionally do my makeup for the 2nd pic, but I feel like she didn’t ‘know’ my face like I did.
I’ve been prepping for weeks so I hope the pictures go well.now just working on clothing.
I think Chris just wants to steal everyone’s cameras and be done with the whole thing.
Post # 7
I think it’s just the style of sleeve you’re wearing in the first pic. The ruching adds to the illusion that the area where the sleeve ends is bigger. I have two shirts like that and I won’t wear them anymore!
Target has a variety of light-weight bolero style sweaters. Most are see-through, but they give me that little bit of coverage to take the edge off the concern. Just pay attention to where the sleeve ends. I wear them with everything.
If it helps at all, you really do look great in your pics~ I went through the pixie growing-out phases too and it will be over soon~ and I swear it’s the ruching making your shoulder look too small for your arm… not the other way around.
Post # 8
I just wanted to say that for religous reasons I always have to wear sleeves below my elbow and this includes in any type of weather always. And sometimes I do think I don’t want to look like a crazy person when everyone else is in tanks and shorts. It especially sucks for me because I live in Florida and everyone here wears shorts and tanks all year round – that’s why I love winter clothes and the ability to wear sweaters when it’s cold out.
What I would say is get some 3/4 sleeve or even long sleeve 100% cotton t-shirts (you can push the sleeves up if you get long sleeve and it’s very hot). It will cover your arms and the cotton is very breathable. When you sweat the cotton will actually absorb it and you’ll be much cooler. I also wear loose flowy shirts with those flowy sleeves that come to the elbow (I have to wear a spandex shirt underneath so as not to show any elbow or skin underneath the sheerness that most of these shirts have). I think that option is the best because the flutter sleeves will not be tight around your arms but it will still give you a sheer coverage.
I usually buy all these types of shirts at Forever 21. I got four cotton long sleeve shirts there for $3.00 a shirt on sale a few weeks ago. I shop online also because usually there are better deals and the stores are just too cluttered.
Post # 9
Yeah, it’s definitely where that sleeve is hitting you in the first picture. If it was pulled down an inch, it wouldn’t look like that. There’s a chart on how to cut/style your hair while you’re growing it out on Pinterest if you’re interested (I have no idea whose account that is). As for tops, wear sleeveless! You can always toss a pashmina around your arms, but in pictures, put one arm around/behind someone (if you can) and the other hand on your hip to keep it away from your body.
Also, that second picture of you is HOT.
Post # 10
Dude, I’ve been there with the “growing-hair-out-why-does-my-face-look-so-fat” stage. It will pass soon! (I’m taking Biotin vitamins to try and grow my hair out faster.) But with that said, I don’t think your face looks fat in the first picture.
For all these summer pictures, can you try wearing non-transition lens glasses? I always think I look weird in pictures when I wear my transitions as well.
I agree with the PPs about the ruching making your arms look bigger than they actually are. Sleeves that are not quite as tight and come to just above your elbow will be more flattering. Actually, what seems to be going on in that first picture is that your arm is flexed, and the muscle is bulging out. You should be proud of that! 🙂
Post # 11
ok, your arms look way worse to you than anyone else. You are very pretty (your cheekbones are amazine) and I don’t look at that picture and think omg her arms are huge.
One hint for pictures, when posing for a pic that shows a side view of your arms, make a conscious effort not to press your arm against your side (I realize that might be hard when you are holding a child though). Try to push your arm out just a bit so your upper arm isn’t pressed against your side. This is a trick that a photographer told me once and it really makes your arms look elongated and thinner in pictures.
Post # 12
I think your arms look fine, and certainly don’t need to be hidden away. But, regardless of arm size and whether or not you wear sleeves, you can do a lot with arm positioning in pictures. If possible, always hold your arm away from your body – hand on the hip, resting on a railing, holding something out, etc. ESPECIALLY if your arm is angled toward the camera – anything closer to the lens is bound to look bigger. Even the most toned arms look enormous when pressed against the body and in the foreground of the picture.
Post # 13
@kimm99: haha looks like we’re on the same page!
Post # 14
@babu22: exactly you are totally right, no one’s arms look good when they are squished! No matter how toned.
Same concept applies to thighs 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2012 - Salvage One, Chicago
First of all, I don’t see the big arms you speak of 🙂 but if you are interested in toning at all, I’d reccomend Jillian Michaels’ ‘No More Trouble Zones’…I did it for my wedding for a few weeks and saw great results. I’ve been heavier, I’m 5’10” and have been 220 (highest in highschool) and now am about 165, so I know all about arm concerns! And I’ll second the sleeveless w/wrap idea, too.
Post # 16
Your arms don’t look big at all! And I think your hair looks so pretty long! I think you look younger with long hair. But I know when mine was growing out I thought it looked HORRIBLE. Lol