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Arms and the woman. By Mary Killen

Regulars | By Mary Killen

Well-armed: Halle Berry at the Oscars, 2023

Watch out for armpit overspill, ladies!

Twenty-five years ago, I accompanied a colleague to a shop in Bond Street, where a dress was being held for her to try on. She wanted me to give my ‘honest opinion’. The dress was presented. It was a thing of beauty which fitted perfectly. The woman in question was a top-of- the-range stunner and bursting with personal charisma. So why did I advise against purchase? Because it was a sleeveless dress and the sleeves were scooped low to allow a side view of the armpit. No problem with the outside of her arms – these were smooth and taut. It was the crinkly, testicle-like excrescence of bunching crêpe, spilling out from the armpit area, that was the swing factor. I remember being shocked by the implacability of nature which had clearly decreed that a sleeveless dress could not be worn even by a goddess, then only 49 years old...

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