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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.

MrsRhettButler Tue 18-Dec-12 22:58:42

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


RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 18-Dec-12 23:10:09

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.

wewereherefirst Wed 19-Dec-12 09:29:10

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.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 19-Dec-12 12:39:29

Yes to cashmere wrist warmers - absolutely adore mine.

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