5 ways to cover arms over 50: #3 Linen Shirts

Happy Friday!! Welcome to another one of the ways to cover over 50 arms in warmer weather. #3 is use a linen shirt!

So far, we have looked at linen shirtdresses, linen cardigans, and today linen shirts!

Today, just makes me want to smile with a very big smile because I really like this look, and because I help a sweet woman from Hong Kong with her style adjectives!

So, let’s get going……


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As you can tell, I have become a big fan of all things linen over the years…especially living in a very warm climate.

Supposedly, May will go on record as the hottest May ever in San Antonio…so I will be wearing linen shirts often.

They do make a great warm weather topper to cover a sleeveless tank or top.

This shirt originally came from Banana Republic where they have great options for linen shirts.

I styled it today with two Talbots pieces: Pima Cotton Blend Tank in Ivory: and Relaxed Chinos in Cantalope.

One of my favorite scarves is in my hair and on a green base, you will find this cantalope color within the print.

My slip-on shoes from Hush Puppies are not new, but I do like the style and comfort! This outfit just said “boat shoes” to me!

Again, I like the versatility of a linen shirt…it can be worn as a topper or just a shirt.

I wear Chico’s linen shirts like this as well…they have some fun prints for toppers right now!

Here are more options:


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Today’s Reader Style Feature is a fun one!!

Zaeobi is the youngest reader who has asked me for help and she resides and works in Hong Kong!! She is in her 30s!

Here is what I know:

“I’m in my 30s, originally from the UK but living in Hong Kong. Pear shaped 5ft3, olive skin & black-brown hair (Deep Autumn). I teach both adults & at university level in my 30s, so am currently struggling with how to project my style adjectives (below) in an age-appropriate way whilst still being taken seriously…

I’m still deciding on how exactly to pinpoint my Style Adjectives, but they’re currently:
*Comfy Covered Colorful Chic*

An explanation:
~ COMFY – Natural fibers, non wrinkle & machine washable is a must!
~ COVERED – Everyone has different modesty levels, but I prefer just to show my forearms, ankles & décolletage (less risk of sunburn!)
~ COLORFUL – Head-to-toe neutrals may be slimming but they aren’t ‘me’. I’m a Deep Autumn, so I love a fiery orange, deep teal, rich saffron yellow & warm plum purple in particular! I tend to wear darker colors on my bottom half (pear shaped).
~ CHIC – Fitted but not tight, timeless (rather than flashy) silhouettes, but with some style added by accessories.”

Hi Zaeobi! Other than your adjectives, I really took to heart your desire to be taken seriously as a teacher.

One of the best garments for women to speak intelligence and strength is the blazer!

A blazer or well structured jacket takes jeans and a tee to a whole new place. You do not need to only wear them with trousers.

I have included for you some nice jackets/blazers which can be worn over a very colorful top or tee to speak to your colorful adjective.

Look at the first image in the slideshow. A look like that can help to garner for you the respect you are seeking in the classroom.

Also, jackets and blazers speak chic and with denim they speak casual chic. In warmer weather, you can wear it into the classroom, teach, and remove it when you go out.

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These pieces (almost all in small) are meant to inspire your style and show you how they can communicate your adjectives….and I would recommend add the word STRONG to your other four.

Also, one more note, a site like Banana Republic does not style with modesty in mind in their images, however, they have some cool pieces like the two below for your age group.

These pieces can be styled with modesty…so look past the models…to the actual garments and consider how you would wear them.

It has been so much fun to hear from the ladies in other countries…thank you for sending your adjectives.

Anyone can participate, just email me at [email protected]….even your daughters!

Let me know if you have comments or questions, especially on ways to cover your arms…I will be here tomorrow with Jennifer for Would You Wear It! See you then and join me as we…..


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