Week #25 – The Secret to “Safe Sleeveless”

Right or wrong, many women are hyper-self-conscious about exposing their upper arms to the light of day.  Yet so many of today’s styles of tops and dresses are unforgivingly sleeveless.  What’s a woman to do?

I’ll suppress the impulse to recommend bicep curls – since I’m not signing up for them either.  Fortunately there’s a much easier solution, with a catchy name: Sleevey Wonders.

When Ruthann Greenblat confronted what she calls “arm dangle” she didn’t just complain about it – she got to work developing independent, interchangable sleeves that would slim her arms without ruining the style of her fashionable tops and dresses. 

Styled somewhat like a bolero, each set has a low V-neck side to hide under most garment necklines and reverses to a higher neckline for decolette coverage if desired.

From the original black mesh long-sleeved styles, the line has expanded to include a wide assortment of fabrics, laces, colors, sleeve lengths and styles, including this season’s new off-the-shoulder styles.  A single set of Sleevey Wonders can update dozens of tops and dresses — from casual to career to cocktail.

They’re available in regular and plus size ranges, are made in the USA … and the wardrobe updates are great fun even for the rare woman who loves her upper arms just the way they are.

Check out this how-to VIDEO for more info.  You can order online or better yet, use the site’s search tool to locate a retailer near you and shop local.  Once again, this isn’t a paid promo — just a product I like and want to share with you.  If you give them a try, let us all know how you like them.

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Cindy Clark on August 16, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Spanx also carries crop tops like this for layering, sheer black & gray, dotted black, & black lace. It’s always nice to have other options!

  2. Katrina B on August 17, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Cute! I’ve been looking at mesh fabrics for the specific purpose of putting sleeves on a few things, but I wasn’t looking forward to sewing something that thin and stretchy. This is a smart idea and looks very nice too.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on August 18, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Agreed! And they are so versatile that you can use one Sleevey with a number of garments. I also love that the navy one is sheer so it blends easily with multiple garments even though various shades of navy can be tough to match.

  3. Sherry on August 21, 2017 at 10:30 am

    How about we people who wear brown and tan ?

    • Nancy Nix Rice on August 21, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Write them and complain. I’ll bet there are enough brown-centric gals in our community that if a bunch of you contacted them with a request for sheer brown or sheer camel, they would respond. It’s a relatively small, family-owned operation to much more likely to pay attention to consumer input like that.

  4. Barbara Scadden on August 21, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    what we really need is some ideas of what to wear under sleeveless garments such as t-shirts under a casual sleeveless dress.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on August 21, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Good thought Barbara. What I’ve never liked much about that sort of layering is the added bulk through the torso if the dress is shaped inward toward the body. However I’ll bet one could successfully take a close-fitting T-shirt and modify it into something similar to the Sleevey and solve that problem in a hurry. If you cut it off to under-the-bust length, the excess fabric would be plenty for a new neckline finish with the scoop neck on one side and a “V” on the other. Let us know if you give it a try.

  5. Sue P. on August 22, 2017 at 6:09 am

    Three quick thoughts:

    1. Love the sleevey wonders, like everyone else. The ultimate quick fix, and an easy dress-up for any outfit.
    2. Love putting a T-shirt under a sleeveless dress–for a pear shape who’s not top-heavy, the boxiness of a normal T-shirt minimizes the wide hips.
    3. A new idea I’m going to try–check out Dr. Eric Berg on youtube for sagging skin–not an exercise deficiency only, but a collagen deficiency. Going to try his remedy and see how it works.

    Thanks for the info, Nancy, it sounds like fun!

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