Posts Tagged: sleeves

Tricks for Styling Button-front Shirts

So. I know that many of you will never enjoy the wearing of button-front shirts no matter how I cajole and no matter how many alternatives and workarounds I offer. But JUST IN CASE you’re willing to give these shirts another try, or in case you’re in the button-front-loving minority, here are a few of my favorite ways to make these classic garments feel fresh and fun.

CUFF THE SLEEVES

At this point, I feel odd if I HAVEN’T cuffed my button-front’s sleeves. So sleeves worn long can feel awfully conservative to me, hearkening back to my office-working days. Also, I find 3/4 and cuffed sleeves to be more flattering since they draw the eye upward a bit toward my waist. read more

Originally posted 2012-09-28 06:30:52.

The Right to Bare Arms

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I’ll fess right up: I’m not terribly fond of my arms. I lift weights every week based on a regimen created for me by a personal trainer, and there’s loads of muscle in there. Seriously, just ask me to flex. But there’s also loads of jiggle. And although I don’t want to be, I’m self-conscious about it. And I generally dress to keep them covered.

But it’s summer in Minnesota and that means it can get hot. Also nastily humid. Ya know, that sticky, icky, clingy environmental moisture that makes you feel like a giant dog tongue has just licked your whole body, clothing included? And under these circumstances, 3/4 sleeves become implements of torture. read more

Reader Request: When to Make Shopping Compromises

When to make (and when to avoid) shopping compromises. (Think hemming, tailoring, and alterations.)

Reader Monica e-mailed me this question:

You’ve mentioned before that you’re lucky enough to generally be able to wear most clothes off the rack in a standard size. I have my share of fit challenges, being that I’m tall with long arms and legs. My shoulders are proportionally wide compared to my torso, I’m short waisted… you get the idea. Off the rack, very very few clothes fit me just perfectly. Because of this, I’m constantly trying to determine what constitutes “good enough.” Are these pants long enough? Do I love this jacket enough to cope with the sleeves being slightly too short? Is this shirt nice enough that it’s worth altering? Is it better to buy this tee shirt in a smaller size that’s not quite wide enough for my shoulders, or the bigger size that’s too baggy on my torso? I’d be very interested on your take about these questions if you have any thoughts. I am still working on developing my judgement about these issues, and it seems to be a frequent source of confusion for me. read more