To wonder what the point of short sleeved jumpers is?

(49 Posts)
KenAdams Thu 03-Oct-13 00:11:22

Particularly for children. Just, why? If it's cold enough to wear a jumper, it's cold enough for your arms to be covered.

ConfusedandDazed24 Thu 03-Oct-13 00:12:57

I also thought this earlier when I was in a well known high street store New Look. I assumed I was thinking it because I appear to be turning elderly overnight so I'm glad you wonder about it too!

Monty27 Thu 03-Oct-13 00:13:27

Me too, and your ass and half your legs if its a decent jumper. confused christ I sound old

MichelleRouxJnr Thu 03-Oct-13 00:13:53

I like to wear em with a long sleeved cotton top underneath.
Nicer against the skin and no big bulky sleeves to push into a jacket.

Where do you stand on gillets? wink

KenAdams Thu 03-Oct-13 00:15:59

We might both be turning elderly BigOrange

Ooh yes Monty I am of the jumper down to my knees persuasion.

Ah, fuck it, I'm just old.

KenAdams Thu 03-Oct-13 00:17:28

Gilets? Don't even go there. Why?! Are your arms not freezing? I'm all riled up now. Bloody gilets?

I may be taking this all too seriously

NoComet Thu 03-Oct-13 00:21:02

Even more mysterious are short sleeved jackets and coats


KenAdams Thu 03-Oct-13 00:50:34

hmm WTF is all that about? No one actually buys them, surely?

Monty27 Thu 03-Oct-13 01:01:48

Ken a nice belt and wooly scarf can make a very big jumper look a wee bit stylish and then maybe just maybe, mind a gilet? grin

Until it's really cold and they you buy a bigger sized coat so you can fit your big fat jumper under it. Oh I hate being cold grin

festered Thu 03-Oct-13 02:11:33

I have often wondered this myself!

cumfy Thu 03-Oct-13 03:19:45

It's all 'armless fun.wink

BetsyBidwell Thu 03-Oct-13 03:24:19

Style. Breaks up all the fabric. Plus under suits

jammiedonut Thu 03-Oct-13 04:02:17

I guess it's just an extra layer, better than nothing. I'm a bit weird in that as long as my torso is nice and warm I'm happy, so you'll often see me in my gilet and flip flops. Not exactly the epitome of style but meh.

PhallicGiraffe Thu 03-Oct-13 06:37:05

Because your body needs the warmth a lot more than your arms. You can stay warm whilst having your arms free of bulky material, so you can do a lot more. Pretty simple to figure out really.

chocoshopoholic Thu 03-Oct-13 06:54:01

I wear short sleeved jumpers under suits for work.

Crowler Thu 03-Oct-13 06:59:14

I had a short-sleeved cable-knit sweater years ago, I wore it to work with a short-sleeved oxford shirt underneath it. The little white cuffs peeked out from underneath the sleeves, very cute, or at least I thought it was.

It was eaten by moths, I don't have it anymore.

Anyway, it was just a different style. I LOVE three-quarter length sleeves. so cute.

Bunbaker Thu 03-Oct-13 07:02:46

"You can stay warm whilst having your arms free of bulky material, so you can do a lot more"

Doesn't work for me. If my arms and wrists are cold the rest of me is.

In the same way I find three quarter length sleeves on jumpers and coats just as useless and impractical.

babysbreath Thu 03-Oct-13 07:11:18

Bunbaker I agree with you, as I find three quarter sleeves useless. My whole arm has to be covered when it is chilly, otherwise I am cold.

I would say 90% of M&S clothes have three quarter sleeves, which puts me off buying their clothes.

YANBU, also add fingerless gloves to the list of pointless clothing. My fingers are the vast majority of my hand and are the main bit that gets cold confused
Having said that, DD has been given loads of sleeveless jumpers, so the poor thing is just going to have to deal with cold arms grin

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 03-Oct-13 07:17:11

I have a gillet and it keeps me toasty warm.

duckyfuzz Thu 03-Oct-13 07:19:50

Love short sleeve knits under suits or as alternative to T shirt. I always end up pushing sleeves up on ls jumpers

roughtyping Thu 03-Oct-13 07:21:50

I wear one over a long sleeved top. I work indoors, in a school. Errr stops me getting too hot?! (Now not sure why I wear it but I love it!)

I have a gillet to keep my back warm but if im cold enough to want a jumper I want to wear one with full length arms

I prefer 3/4 length sleeves, long sleeves just get in the way. I also have orang-utan arms so long sleeves a rarely the correct length grin

Gingerandcocoa Thu 03-Oct-13 07:25:40


PirateJelly Thu 03-Oct-13 07:27:47

YADNBU- I remember one year when every single clothes shop I went in had nothing but three quarter length jumpers and cardigans angry Really boiled my pee that did. There's absolutely no point, sod fashion I'm freezing!

ModernToss Thu 03-Oct-13 07:37:00

I find short-sleeved jackets and suits particularly mystifying. Just use a lighter fabric!

Alwayscheerful Thu 03-Oct-13 07:41:13

Our "dressing with style" workshop lady said shorter sleeves were good for those with short limbs they make you look taller.

I live in a barn conversion which can be chilly, I find short sleeved sweaters less bulky and useful when washing up and cleaning. Great for layering too.

ClaraOswald Thu 03-Oct-13 07:53:25

I hate anything on my lower arms except for a watch.

As long as my body and feet are comfortably warm, my arms can be freezing and I don't usually mind. Plus short sleeved jumpers mean I don't ruin the sleeves of long sleeved ones by pushing them up to my elbows.

Weasleyismyking Thu 03-Oct-13 08:29:53

The only present from my grandma that I didn't take back (during my teens) was a short sleeved polo neck (!) jumper. It was lovely and soft with fab colours, I was so pleased to finally like something she'd chosen!

Never wore the bloody thing. It was always either too warm or too cold for it! I finally passed it on to a charity shop and felt guilty about passing on the annoying pretty top.

AnnoyingOrange Thu 03-Oct-13 08:37:44

I like short and three quarter sleeves. As others have said, it saves me pushing up full length sleeves

I find then useful for when it's cold but not bitterly cold.

However in freezing cold weather I need a proper coat and jumper!

FredFredGeorge Thu 03-Oct-13 08:54:54

It's because if you're doing an activity which needs a large range of arm movement, a bulky coat makes the activity difficult. Armless clothes make it easy.

I guess those of you who don't get that just don't do anything active in cold conditions?

MisselthwaiteManor Thu 03-Oct-13 08:57:34

I have a couple of warm bulky jumpers with 3/4 length sleeves. I spend the whole time tugging at them trying to cover my arms, but I like my wrists to be warm, I tend to hold onto long sleeves with my hands to keep them pulled down as far as possible. I think 3/4 sleeves look silly over long sleeved tops, I am young but not at all stylish.

DukeSilver Thu 03-Oct-13 09:09:42

Never mind the practicalities of them (which I agree is not much) surely they should be avoided for style purposes alone?

Tavv Thu 03-Oct-13 09:19:01

YANBU. I've always thought they were pointless!

NoComet Thu 03-Oct-13 09:23:27

I used to and DDs still do, have short, 3/4 length sleeves on school blouses.

They make it way easier to shove your jumper sleeves up in art and science.

Likewise, having short arms, 3/4 length sleeves are a good idea in a lab coat or indeed under a smart jacket.

Not that I do jackets often, but blouse cuffs and sleeves bunching between hand and jacket looks scruffy and is uncomfortable.

ilovexmastime Thu 03-Oct-13 09:24:40

Fingerless gloves are useful for when you're cold but still need to type!

PrimalLass Thu 03-Oct-13 09:25:53

Gilets? Don't even go there. Why?! Are your arms not freezing? I'm all riled up now. Bloody gilets?

I love gilets because I get a bit claustrophobic in big coats.

BangOn Thu 03-Oct-13 09:27:04

presumably it's so you then feel yoi have to fork out for long sleeve tops too.

MrsDeVere Thu 03-Oct-13 09:28:15

I am SO glad you bought this up.

I mean, if its cold you want a jumper don't you?

So you want to be warm all over.

Not just bits of you.

An if its warm you don't want to wear a woolly t-shirt.

I forgot to mention, I have a knitting book and there is a pattern for a polo neck jumper that has no arms attached, but you also knit 'arms' which start just above the elbow grinconfused what is the point of that?! confused

FrightRider Thu 03-Oct-13 10:29:58

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ShakeRattleNRoll Thu 03-Oct-13 10:31:58

I like to show off my bingo wings and a tank top is ideal for that also it frees up the arms which makes some movements /jobs easier to do

harticus Thu 03-Oct-13 10:36:45

I get cold arms but my body is fine.
I just need woolly sleeves.

NK493efc93X1277dd3d6d4 Thu 03-Oct-13 10:51:48

I've wondered this for years, same applies to coats without sleeves & sleeveless polo neck dresses!

KenAdams Thu 03-Oct-13 15:33:57

I'm the same Bunbaker

complexnumber Thu 03-Oct-13 18:54:51

Are we talking Tank Tops here? As in the '70's?

Fantastic clobber, allowed me to wear a purple tank top with red bands, along with stretch purple flares and platforms.

I regularly went out in public dressed like that, and I never got thrown off public transport or made to look at myself in a mirror.

(I am a bloke)

SprinkleLiberally Thu 03-Oct-13 19:04:27

Hmm. I'm thinking of getting one. To wear with a shirt underneath. Mind you I also love fingerless gloves and/or wristwarmer things.

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