Why are so many things three quarter sleeved in winter?

(71 Posts)
Mrsrudolphduvall Tue 18-Dec-12 17:11:26

I know you can pop a cardi on, but sometimes it doesn't look right.
I feel the cold, and have a multitude of tops which are just sitting in my wardrobe.

ElectricMonk Tue 18-Dec-12 19:02:51

I like 3/4 sleeves - good for all seasons, don't get damp when I wash my hands, and don't get in the way or make me too hot. Could you get some nice "grown up" arm warmers to wear on days when you don't want to wear a cardigan, and coordinate them with your scarf/necklace/vest top (if layering) or something like that? smile

dexter73 Tue 18-Dec-12 19:12:15

I agree Mrsrd - I would rather wear full length sleeves as my arms get cold. If I need to wash my hands I just push my sleeves up!

futterbingers Tue 18-Dec-12 21:30:47

Agree totally, why make a jumper (surely an item designed to keep a person warm) and then only put 3/4 sleeves on it? Also, because I'm tall, I feel that sometimes I look as if my arms are unaturally long and gawky if the sleeves don't come down to my wrists.

nailak Tue 18-Dec-12 21:40:56

i agree, why have short sleeved jumpers?

anniewoo Tue 18-Dec-12 22:57:23

I agree-hate 3/4 length sleeves. If my wrists are cold so am i ! So many dresses have 3/4 length sleeves- what a pity.

ffs this really pisses me off, ive been looking at jumper dresses for the dd's and so many are short sleeved!


I really like them - but I have short arms and nice wrists. smile I love wearing a shorter sleeved jumper over a long sleeved top, with the top peeping out.

zipzap Tue 18-Dec-12 23:11:49

Agreed. Pointless to have so many 3/4 sleeved winter things. It's bad enough the rest of the year but horrid in the winter when you find a lovely top and discover it's 3/4 length sleeves. arrrgghhh.

And it looks more and more stupid as the top gets warmer/thicker IYSWIM. Really, what is the point of having a really thick warm jumper or cardi and then it not covering up a significant chunk of arm, leaving it to get all cold!

I reckon it's a cost cutting conspiracy. Be dammed with what the customers actually want, if we only make 3/4 sleeves then they'll have to buy them and they can charge as much as for a full sleeved top but they don't have to spend as much money on the fabric (and I suspect save even more as it means they are able to fit the pattern onto the fabric even more economically)...

TheWombat Tue 18-Dec-12 23:17:36

I agree - so annoying! And often just look shrunken, rather than 3/4 length IYSWIM.
Don't you think it's the same with slightly cropped trousers? Cigarette pants, etc. They are everywhere and only look good with stiletto-y court shoes and no socks - totally unpractical for winter. Does anyone make them work with mum boots?

Rooble Tue 18-Dec-12 23:20:54

Not to mention 3/4 winter coats. What's the point of that (for anyone who lives in the north where it actually gets cold in the winter). Really daft

CaseyShraeger Tue 18-Dec-12 23:58:12

It saves on fabric, making the clothes cheaper to produce. And you don't need to worry about being precise with sleeve length if they aren't supposed to be full length, so again that makes manufacture cheaper.

Mrsrudolphduvall Wed 19-Dec-12 08:39:24

Yes I am very tall as well and my arms look like Mrs Snowman's.

I managed to find a long sleeved slim fitting long length jumper in Wallis yesterday ( dare I say tunic????) which I bought solely because it has sleeves.

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 19-Dec-12 08:48:04

A pet hate of mine too...I have skinny wrists so not a good look on me and also when you put a coat/jacket/cardy on top, the sleeves bunch up.

DonaAna Wed 19-Dec-12 08:54:15

Because I love 3/4 sleeves and always buy them. Flattering length, provide warmth but stay out of the way. Can be layered for more warmth.

But I hate cropped leg trousers (I look spidery in them) and object to 3/4 sleeves coats. You are supposed to pair them with longer gloves, but it's a look that doesn't really translate from runway to daily life.

Italian women seem to wear cigarette trousers this winter with narrow-cut ankle boots that stop precisely at where the trouser leg starts. Not classic mum boots, sleeker and a slightly higher heel, and very snugly fitting at ankle. Sometimes a contrasting color too.

LittlePandaBear Wed 19-Dec-12 08:56:44

I think they're meant to show off your wrists which are most people's skinniest bit, although agree that sometimes a full sleeve is more appropriate!

BendyBobsBrusselsSprouts Wed 19-Dec-12 08:56:50

I don't like them for winter clothes either.

A 3/4 sleeved coat would drive me nuts.

3/4 sleeves make my arms look ridiculously long and they're never 3/4sleeved on me.

Long sleeves in winter, short in summer.

I always wore trousers that were slightly too short, but that was due to never finding ideal length trousers!

RamblingRosa Wed 19-Dec-12 11:36:07

I completely agree. This drives me crazy. Who wants to see my goosebumpy, pasty, skinny wrists in the winter? No one in their right mind. I also agree that the thicker the jumper, the weirder it looks. I once made the mistake of buying a lovely short sleeved cashmere polo neck. I never wear it simply because I'm always either too hot (cashmere right up to my chin) or freezing (bare arms) or both simultaneously.
It's nigh on impossible to get full length sleeves these days.

threepiecesuite Wed 19-Dec-12 11:38:40

Totally my pet hate too. Just what is the point? It's winter, I'm cold, I want full sleeves.

RamblingRosa Wed 19-Dec-12 11:40:46

I wish some buyers/manufacturers/designers would read this thread and realise how much women hate the bloody 3/4 length sleeves.

I wonder if part of it is cost saving. I know it's only a few inches of fabric but I imagine it all adds up when you're making clothes on a mass scale. If you can get away with cutting a few inches off and calling it fashion, all the better for your profit margins.

MulledPinot Wed 19-Dec-12 11:48:25

3/4 sleeves, or bracelet length, are my fave. Many reasons - practical (don't get wet), vain (makes wrists looks elegant and skinny) and also means you get to show off jewellery.

Love em.

Get some cashmere wristwarmers for those times you're sitting still and getting chilly, but for all other times, 3/4 sleeves are tres elegant.

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 19-Dec-12 12:04:23

Pale skinny wrists on show esp when accompanied by pale skinny hands do not look good! I don't mind having these on show in summer when I am lightly tanned though.

I get cold easily and the thought of cold wrists makes me shiver!!

Curtsey Wed 19-Dec-12 12:16:56

Hate 3/4 sleeves on winter jumpers and cardigans. I don't agree that it's a flattering length for everyone! I look much more 'dressed' with full-length sleeves. But I just look cold and under-prepared with 3/4s.

Yes to cashmere wrist warmers - absolutely adore mine.

almapudden Wed 19-Dec-12 12:45:58

Where can I buy these cashmere wrist warmers?

dexter73 Wed 19-Dec-12 12:52:29

Don't wear wrist warmers - you look like someone off Steptoe and son!

scripsi Wed 19-Dec-12 12:58:20

Another one adding to the 3/4 sleeve hate. I know they look good, but I keep feeling as if I need to pull them down.

Yep, I totally agree.

Another thing that annoys me...why do loads of nice cardis not have buttons?? Hate that too!

I most certainly do NOT look like Steptoe OR his son, I tell you! smile We're talking lovely soft, sleek cashmere not scraggy cableknit fingerless gloves.

Mine were from M&S but I haven't seen any there this year.

Brora do lovely wristwarmers, their sale is excellent. Eyeing off Hush grey ones. Toast do lovely colours. Yes, pricey but I wear them every day for 8 months of the year.

FreeButtonChristmasTree Wed 19-Dec-12 15:04:17

I love 3/4 sleeves - but I am a short arse so they are more like 5/6 sleeves on me. I have 2 pairs of long gloves. Lovely lovely oxblood leather pair (which I haven't been able to wear this year due to limited maternity wardrobe - my only coat is v unstylish) and a pair of white company grey wool wristwarmers/fingerless gloves. The second pair are v practical as you can just unhook your thumbs and push them up your arms if you need to use your hands/find something in the bottom of your handbag/answer a call on a smartphone. LOVE!

Bunbaker Wed 19-Dec-12 15:27:44

"3/4 sleeves, or bracelet length, are my fave. Many reasons - practical (don't get wet), vain (makes wrists looks elegant and skinny) and also means you get to show off jewellery."

My long sleeves don't get wet as I wear washing up gloves, my skinny wrists look even skinnier in 3/4 length sleeves and bracelets don't suit me and are always too big because my wrists are too skinny.

I have long arms and feel the cold easily as well. 3/4 length T-shirt tops are OK because I can wear a cardigan over them, but 3/4 length jumpers/cardigans and coats are utterly impractical and pointless. These garments are meant to keep you warm and with shorter sleeves they fail miserably. 3/4 length jumpers and blouses are also a nightmare to layer as the sleeves bunch up when you try to wear a cardigan over them.

Ridiculous, impractical and pointless - I agree.

StephaniePowers Wed 19-Dec-12 15:29:35

It is because the people who make these decisions are either men, or they are people who go from cab to double-glazed, centrally-heated home, cab again to nice office, out later in a warm restaurant.

They don't live lives which require that they think about being cold.

Bunbaker Wed 19-Dec-12 15:44:47

Or they have very short arms grin

LoveMyBoots Wed 19-Dec-12 15:59:27

I wear 3/4 length sleeves under sufferance. How on earth are you supposed to put a full length cardigan/jumper over the top without the sleeves of the 3/4 length top rolling up underneath? It's madness.

Johnnie Boden has a lot to answer for.

MulledPinot Wed 19-Dec-12 16:02:26

No Steptoe look here either. Perish the thought.

You know, you chilly lot could just turn your heating up... wink

Cherrypie32 Wed 19-Dec-12 16:07:26

Plus the fact that they are incredibly unflattering if you are large of chestsmile

Bunbaker Wed 19-Dec-12 16:22:44

"Plus the fact that they are incredibly unflattering if you are large of chest"

What has sleeve length got to do with it?

Well I'm 32E and I still like 3/4 sleeves. Neckline and fabric far more important than sleeve length.

Bramshott Wed 19-Dec-12 16:36:12

This is one of my pet hates - I can't bear 3/4 sleeves for any season. For me it has to be full length in the winter and short sleeves in the summer. The only possibly exception might be summer cardigans. But there's a lot of it about - in some shops almost everything is 3/4 sleeved.

dexter73 Wed 19-Dec-12 17:31:42

You can't turn the heating up outside though! My house is warm but having bare wrists makes me feel so cold. I wouldn't like to be wearing gloves inside, it would feel odd!

LucieMay Wed 19-Dec-12 17:35:06

Because it's still hot inside buildings with the heating on? I still wear t shirts in December as our office is sweltering!

MulledPinot Wed 19-Dec-12 17:48:10

Long gloves?

TheWombat Wed 19-Dec-12 17:48:21

Hush do lovely unsteptoe-y cashmere wrist warmers. I wear them with my full length sleeves. smile

FromEsme Wed 19-Dec-12 17:50:28

I hate 3/4 length sleeves. I think they make everything look a bit rank, especially if not skintight. Plus I have self-harm scars and it is SUCH a job finding something to cover them. Even blazers are all 3/4 length atm.

dexter73 Wed 19-Dec-12 17:55:25

When you talk of wearing gloves do you mean when you go out or do you actually wear them in your house? confused

orangeandlemons Wed 19-Dec-12 18:04:16

I used to be a designer....not all designers are men who want to make life difficult for women..

3/4 sleeves first reappeared about 15 years ago. Manufacturers discovered it made for cheaper items so keep producing them. If the item sells, they don't care whether they are keeping you warm or not. Theynwillmcontinue producing them as long as people keep buying them. Also a lot of designers are quite young girls who don't care about/ or feel the cold, so think it doesn't affect other people. They don't have a clue.

During my time as a designer we used to supply loads of children's jackets with detachable hoods. We just did it. It wasn't until I was a mum that I realised how useless detachable hoods are, and how easy it is to detach hood from coat permanently ( ie lose). But they still keep making them, mainly because neither the buyers or the designers tend to have children so they haven't got a clue.

evilgiraffe Wed 19-Dec-12 18:05:06

I love 3/4 length sleeves. I'm a warm sort of person so don't need long sleeves to keep me warm, and if it's cold weather I'd rather wear a skinny vest underneath a 3/4 sleeve top - easy layers and I've still got my wrists free. Being a shortarse, long sleeved tops usually have sleeves that are far too long, so the wrists get wet when washing hands. Of course I could push them up, but having relatively muscular forearms means the cuffs then get stretched and baggy and look awful.

I agree regarding 3/4 sleeve jumpers though, that makes no sense. Tops are for clement conditions, but jumpers should stop you getting cold!

orangeandlemons Wed 19-Dec-12 18:05:13

Tend not to have children...

Ok, I am tall, long in the arm, and big chested!

I LOVE 3/4 length sleeves

Yes I have a coat with 3/4 length sleeves and Long Gloves. I LOVE the look.

But here is the thing there are plenty of other looks i CAN'T stand, hate them with the passion.

Clothing is such a personal thing, and I think we can all find a look we hate or love, each to their own.

I KNOW at the moment 3/4 is everywhere and if you hate it then its bad luck

But next year their will be something else which you may LOVE i may HATE, its swings and roundabouts

Oblomov Wed 19-Dec-12 19:07:57

I lOVE 3/4 length. Tell me where all the stuff is. Which shops? Give me your links. I can't find none of it. Now I know why. Because you lot have it all, but don't even like wearing it. .....

H&M, New Look, Dorothy Perkins are a few stores I can think of. I had to buy new and most of the stuff suitable to bf in was 3/4 sleeves, which annoyed me but I need something to feed easily in.

MamaMary Wed 19-Dec-12 19:58:43

Agree with you OP. It's not a flattering look for me, nor is it practical. It just makes my arms look short and I have big arms so I look fatter.

carrie74 Wed 19-Dec-12 20:02:10

Yes. I also have fairly long arms, so even more irritating. It rules so much out. I do quite like the look of long sleeved tops under shorter sleeved jumpers, but it's not ideal when you're actually trying to keep warm. Should be an autumn or springtime only length.

3b1g Wed 19-Dec-12 20:02:35

I haven't read the replies, but I hate 3/4 length sleeves as I get pains in my ulnar forearms/wrists if they're not kept warm. I find it really difficult to find full-length sleeves at the moment and if I were twenty years younger I would wear arm warmers.

Bunbaker Wed 19-Dec-12 20:09:32

"Because it's still hot inside buildings with the heating on?"

Not in my experience. None of my friends keep their central heating on during the day and the air conditioning at work is too fierce for the office to ever be warm - winter and summer alike.

Oh I love 3/4 sleeves, I just wear a long sleeved top underneath if I want to be warmer.

janmoomoo Thu 20-Dec-12 10:02:17

Agree with the OP. I don't mind the 3/4 sleeve for spring/summer or on a dress or top, but not on a winter jumper, its just weird. You wouldn't wear 3/4 length jeans in the winter and leave half the leg exposed would you? It just looks strange to have loads of cosy fabric in nice wintery colours and then a great expanse of flesh on the arm. YANBU.

noddyholder Thu 20-Dec-12 10:05:57

I love 3/4 sleeve always feels really slim and elegant and for that I WILL FREEZE!

WillieWagglingRoundTheXmasTree Thu 20-Dec-12 10:15:43

yes i like wearing a long-sleeved top under 3/4 sleeve too

WillieWagglingRoundTheXmasTree Thu 20-Dec-12 10:16:50

if i really need warmth I wear thermals underneath

MulledPinot Thu 20-Dec-12 11:12:02

exactly, nod.

dexter73 Thu 20-Dec-12 11:21:09

Doesn't that defeat the point of wearing 3/4 length sleeves if you have to wear a long sleeve top underneath?

polyhymnia Thu 20-Dec-12 11:30:41

Another 3/4 length sleeve fan here. Do have a few long-sleeved tops for when it's really cold, but otherwise with central heating etc find they are warm enough. If not, sometimes also wear a thin long-sleeved top under, which adds interest.

Can't think why someone said they don't suit large busts. Mine is large, but my arms are long, quite slender from elbow down, and my hands long and slim, so quite happy to show them off.

Bunbaker Thu 20-Dec-12 11:39:11

I find that when my wrists are cold the rest of me is as well. Also, I have long thin arms and 3/4 length sleeves just make me look gangly.

Pandsbear Thu 20-Dec-12 11:52:15

Hmm well I am sitting here with a long sleeve skinny top on as a vest, under a 3/4 sleeve dress, with cashmere cardigan and scarf on. It ain't warm in my house grin. But I do like the dress, only agree that for me the 3/4 sleeves aren't really great for cold or even chilly days.

MadAboutHotChoc Sat 22-Dec-12 14:52:58

I'm now wearing a jumper dress with 3/4 sleeves and a long sleeved top underneath - and it does not look right...

gingercat12 Mon 14-Jan-13 13:14:13

M&S are you listening?! And H&M (last year) selling 3/4 sleeves coats? Why, oh, why?!

Trills Mon 14-Jan-13 13:18:26

3/4 sleeve is better than "long" sleeves that are not properly long.

MaureenShit Mon 14-Jan-13 13:20:51

3/4 sleeved jumpers good for layering

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