How to Know if You Have Long or Short Arms


How to Know if You Have Long or Short Arms - watch the video to find out


I was asked recently how to know if your arms are long, short or average – so I made this short video to show you how to tell.


It’s a simple trick to find out if your arm length is long, short or average.

Why does it matter?

It influences how you will find sleeves fit you and how you may need to alter your garments.

If they are short you’ll always find sleeves need to be taken up to fit you (otherwise the whole garment looks too big and if you’ve borrowed it from someone older and wiser).   Watch this video to see the difference it makes.

If they are long you’ll find that sleeves don’t reach your wrist and can make you look like you’ve outgrown your clothes. Get tips on where to shop if you’re tall and have long arms.

More Tips on Sleeves

So how long should you wear your sleeves? Find out here.

How about jacket sleeves?  Where should they end?

What about the shape of the sleeve?  Discover which shapes are best for you.

How about making your upper arms look slimmer?  

Want to understand more about what suits your body shape?  Then take my body shape quiz and download your body shape bible to get my professional tips that I’ve learned as an image consultant and personal stylist working with thousands of clients.

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  • Wow. I haven’t come across such a simple yet obvious explanation for arm length, of real relevance to blazers. Thank you!

  • Hi Imogen,

    (Congratulations, by the way)

    According to your video, I have average to slightly long arms, however I know that my bust to hip and hip to knee are short proportionally. Would this mean that I then have slightly short to average arms, or do those proportions not come into play here?

  • What if you have a long torso…wouldn’ that make your knuckle land higher on your body? And if you have a short torso…the inverse. It doesn’t make much sense to say that you have long arms just because your knuckle is below your bottom.

  • This explains it _ there was a “fashion” advisor who said told me my arms were long??? No not in my entire life has there ever been any proof of that _ my arms are scary short but slopped shoulders which obviously drops the arms making them lower not LONGER. the only way to know if your arms are long or short is to measure them

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