10 Off-the-Shoulder Tops and Dresses That *Don't* Restrict Your Arms

Because pretending you're a T.Rex is only fine until you have to reach for something.

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"Suffer for fashion, but don't let it take away your full range of motion," we like to say. Here, we've rounded up 10 off-the-shoulder tops and dresses that won't leave indentations on your upper arms or prevent you from swinging a proper right hook, should push come to shove.

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<p>The whole shirt is stretchy, so there's no need for an elastic band just at the top to hold things up. </p><p>$23, <a href="http://us.aritzia.com/product/bayne-t-shirt/59400.html?dwvar_59400_color=11251" target="_blank">aritzia.com</a>.</p>
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Aritzia

The whole shirt is stretchy, so there's no need for an elastic band just at the top to hold things up.

$23, aritzia.com.

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<p>On the other hand, the sleeves and bodice on this one are blouse-y enough to make raising your arms not excruciating. You could even wear it under a jacket, which is a BFD if you've ever had the neckline ride up uncomfortably around your ears. </p><p>$26, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqk5bqb8f" target="_blank">boohoo.com</a>.</p>
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Boohoo

On the other hand, the sleeves and bodice on this one are blouse-y enough to make raising your arms not excruciating. You could even wear it under a jacket, which is a BFD if you've ever had the neckline ride up uncomfortably around your ears.

$26, boohoo.com.

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<p>Big sleeves and pink FTW. </p><p>$495, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqhdbqb8f" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>.</p>
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Carolina Constas

Big sleeves and pink FTW.

$495, net-a-porter.com.

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<p>Spaghetti straps are another solution because mo arm, mo freedom. </p><p>$30, <a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/sale/trf/collection/dresses/off-the-shoulder-embroidered-dress-c437653p3461528.html" target="_blank">zara.com</a>.</p>
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Zara

Spaghetti straps are another solution because mo arm, mo freedom.

$30, zara.com.

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<p>Bonus: the slimming optical illusion. </p><p>$36, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqpibqb8f" target="_blank">frontrowshop.com</a>.</p>
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Front Row Shop

Bonus: the slimming optical illusion.

$36, frontrowshop.com.

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<p>May we <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g3709/best-hoop-earrings/" target="_blank">suggest one of these</a> as a pairing? </p><p>$25, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqnhbqb8f" target="_blank">hm.com</a>.</p>
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H&M

May we suggest one of these as a pairing?

$25, hm.com.

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<p>::spends hour trying to tie regular button-down like this::</p><p>$965, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqihbqb8f" target="_blank">net-a-porter.com</a>.</p>
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Johanna Ortiz

::spends hour trying to tie regular button-down like this::

$965, net-a-porter.com.

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<p>Styling tip: Talk with as many grand arm gestures as possible to make the most of the balloon sleeves.</p><p>$95, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqn2bqb8f" target="_blank">pixiemarket.com</a>.</p>
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New Revival

Styling tip: Talk with as many grand arm gestures as possible to make the most of the balloon sleeves.

$95, pixiemarket.com.

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<p>Love the baby frills. </p><p>$24, <a href="http://rstyle.me/n/btwqkdbqb8f" target="_blank">topshop.com</a>.</p>
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Topshop

Love the baby frills.

$24, topshop.com.

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<p>Keep in mind that with elasticated shoulders, you can position the sleeves up and down your arms to change the neckline. </p><p>$26, <a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/sale/woman/tops/view-all/off-the-shoulder-top-c732008p3585016.html" target="_blank">zara.com</a>.</p>
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Zara

Keep in mind that with elasticated shoulders, you can position the sleeves up and down your arms to change the neckline.

$26, zara.com.

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