Lovely reader Mary e-mailed me lamenting the dearth of long-sleeved garments available today. I have DEFINITELY noticed that long sleeves are in short supply, especially when it comes to dresses but also among tops, many of which tend toward 3/4 instead of full sleeves. I know this irritates many of you readers, including plenty of folks who live in climates warmer than mine! I haven’t been able to find any research or confirmation, but my theory is that this shift to shorter or no sleeves is related to our country’s obsession with youth. Short-sleeved and sleeveless garments seem to be marketed to younger women who aren’t as self-conscious about their arms (supposedly). Older gals are left to either wear those same styles in hopes of emulating their younger counterparts, or scramble to find the limited sleeved options on the market. Mary pointed out that cost savings for the manufacturers may also factor in.
Originally posted 2014-02-17 06:03:36.
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Lara popped this one into the suggestion box:
Is there a non-black alternative to the LBD? Black on my upper body depresses me, and I don’t like color blocking either. Then the modesty issue, sleeves and at least below the knee, please. So many beautiful LBD, but not for me. Any suggestions would be most helpful.
So let’s start with the general: What can you wear if a black sleeveless sheath leaves you feeling cold or looking pallid?
Try navy instead
Navy seems to be a controversial color that many women associate with casual dressing, prepsters, and/or sailboats. And I’ll admit that many navy evening dresses look a bit odd. However, navy has all the darkness of black with none of the cold lifelessness. Navy pairs beautifully with loads of colors – as this post on complementing navy proved – and if you pick a simple navy dress with minimal detailing, you can load on the fun and funky accessories to complete your look. I suppose this might not fly at actual black tie, but anything less dressy than the dressiest should be just fine.
Originally posted 2012-12-07 06:00:19.
Just when I feel like I’ve got the basics of flattering a variety of figures committed to memory, I read, hear about, or experience something that proves that the world of dressing is wide and deep and ever-expanding. My most recent discovery? Sleeve length can totally transform how a woman’s silhouette appears to the observing eye. I KNOW. Sleeve length. Who’d have thunk it?
Ages ago, I talked about a counter-intuitive sleeve-related tip: Sleeveless garments often work better on full arms than cap and short sleeves. So as we dive into the topic of how sleeve length can impact figure-flattery, let’s start there, shall we?
Originally posted 2012-10-25 06:15:56.