Discover the new trend that means we can all have a stylish summer, without exposing problem arms...
Do you love summer but dread the moment you have to make the choice between pretty clothes and covering up those unsightly bingo wings? Rejoice as the fashion industry is listening to real women for the first time.
Long sleeve tops and dresses with sleeves might be winter staples, but how can we cover problem arms when the weather heats up? A new trend for 'peekaboo' sleeves means we can all have the best of both worlds. From pretty lace dresses, to perforated long sleeve tops, the high street is full of flattering styles that will see you through the season.
The great thing about longer sleeves is that they can conceal those tricky areas while still being bang on trend this season. And if the weather takes a turn for the worst (as it’s wont to do) then you can still layer up with a pretty cardigan or blazer, as these clever sleeves are light and airy rather than uncomfortable and bulky. It’s the ultimate summer must-have fashion buy!
Whether you’ve got a summer wedding to go to or just want a stylish outfit for work, we’ve scoured the shops to find the best peekaboo’ pieces that will flatter and impress. From pretty lace and embroidered dresses to chic jumpers and tailored jumpsuits, there’s something for everyone and every occasion. With the right shoes and accessories, these gorgeous buys are easy to dress down or up.
Are you ready to give your summer wardrobe a stylish upgrade? Ditch the baggy sleeves and too-hot dresses and jump on board the peekaboo’ sleeve trend instead! Ready to fill your shopping cart with pretty pastels and midnight hues to build a wardrobe full of flattering long sleeve tops, knitwear, outerwear and dresses? Click through our gallery for our favourite pieces on the high street...
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Hobbs Blue Seren Dress, £169
Cut out sleeves are a big trend this season, so fill your wardrobe with peekaboo styles that will become your new go-to staples. This Hobbs Blue Seren Dress (opens in new tab) features all-over embroidered eyelets and 3/4-length sleeves to keep you covered yet cool in the summer heat. Team with embellished sandals and belt in at the waist to add a high fashion edge to this prim style.
Whistles Linn Lace Dress, £165
Refresh your wedding guest wardrobe with this Whistles Linn Lace Dress (opens in new tab). A bold color pop of the brightest pink might be too girly for everyday, but makes the right statement at a special ocassion thanks to a demure cut that Kate Middleton would be proud of. Team with simple courts for a youthful take on event dressing.
Reiss Della lace jersey top, £69
The Reiss Della lace top (opens in new tab) will fast become your favourite wardrobe go-to. Why? It's so very versatile. Team with a simple white pencil skirt and court heels for the office or choose your favourite jeans and a sandal heel for an evening out with friends.
Warehouse Geo Pointelle and Lace Jumper, £40
Work this look every day with Warehouse's Geo Pointelle and Lace Jumper (opens in new tab). The pastel pink hue and perforated sleeves mean you can keep the chill at bay without sacrificing this summer's hottest trends. Just add your favourite denim or midi skirt and a pair of 2014's must-have shoes: Fashion trainers (opens in new tab) or pool sliders.
J.Crew Honeysuckle Broderie Anglaise Cotton Jumpsuit, £300
Don't be afraid of jumpsuits: A well-cut piece in the right style will flatter your figure and add a new dimension to your wardrobe. This loose-fit J.Crew Honeysuckle Broderie Anglaise Cotton Jumpsuit (opens in new tab) is a demure and age appropriate take on the trend - plus the subtle peekaboo sleeves mean you will keep your cool in the spring sunshine, without exposing your upper arm.
Asos Kimono, £22
The ultimate summer cover-up, this outfit-enhancing Asos Kimono (opens in new tab) can be dressed up or down to work for any occasion. Team with a structured dress and heels for a wedding or garden party, or tone it down with jeans, floral dresses or even throw over a bikini for relaxed weekends and holidays.
M&S Autograph lace midi bodycon dress, £89
Be bold and embrace a pop of colour at your next summer occasion. Autograph (opens in new tab)'s zesty chartreuse shade will suit brunettes, blondes and redheads alike and looks just as chic with porcelain skin as it does with a golden tan. The sheer lace sleeves reveal a flash of upper arm, whilst the tulip skirt is forgiving for curvier shapes. Our styling tip? Keep all other accessories to a bare minimum.
French Connection sequin spot Ditton sweatshirt, £52
Switch your winter knits for a lighter sweat this summer and wear with pencil skirts and tailored trousers as well as your favourite denim. The Ditton sweatshirt at French Connection (opens in new tab)has sheer navy sleeves that will hint at summer skin, without needing to reveal too much!
Moschino Cheap & Chic crochet sleeve top, £195
A basic long-sleeved tee is usually reserved for weekends, but add a crochet twist as Moschino has done and you've got a pretty, sophisticated piece that will be a seamless - and sensible - new addition to your wardrobe.
Uterque Nappa leather jacket with perforations, £195
Try the sports luxe trend and cover any upper arm concerns in one smart move by snapping up Uterque's jacket with perforated sleeves. Style with your favourite tailored white trousers or even your weekend denim - it's a savvy way to conceal tricky areas without feeling too wintery.
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