October 13th, 2014
In British Vogue

Going Long

British Vogue

Here’s a cozy, but impractical trend—super long sleeves. British Vogue‘s Sarah Harris investigates why so many designers have gone long.

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  • This has to be a tall, long limbed trend. As a person of short stature with shorter than average arm length, I have had to deal with too long sleeves my entire adult life. Too long sleeves always made me feel like a child wearing an adult’s clothes. Rolling up the sleeves of a sweater is not a good look, or one I would ever intentionally adopt. Perhaps if I was extremely tall I wouldn’t care how it looked, but it reminds me of the years before petite styles were as available as they are now and I had no option but to look overwhelmed in fabric. It’s a teen age waif look, in my opinion, which I will not embrace.

    AprilOctober 13th, 2014  8:34 AM

  • I’m sorry
    I never liked long sleeves, them arent chic

    MillaOctober 13th, 2014  10:16 AM

  • I am relatively tall (5’8″) and love oversized clothing (especially sweaters), but this is so obviously a trend and a silly one at that, that I refuse to even consider it. But it won’t be the silliest or the last where trends are concerned…

    lkaOctober 13th, 2014  10:18 AM

  • I agree with April – I can get a way with a slightly longer sleeve and I think the look does have a real element of luxury – implying that one doesn’t have to use a pen or answer emails or dial a phone… it’s cozy and lovely and when done without making the wearer look larger than she is. I liked a lot of it on the runway where thin, long-limbed girls look lovely walking, but most of us do have to drive use a phone and participate in other daily tasks that require easy hand access. I am not all about perfect tailoring and I love the sense of effortless dressing – which is never truly effortless. I am also an all or nothing sleeve person – either long – and by long, I mean traditionally long to perhaps a couple of inches beyond, or racer back tops. My sense and personal experience is that bracelet, 3/4 length, even traditional short sleeves, are so often not nearly as becoming as camisoles and racer backs – alone or layered. As I recently read in “How to be Parisian Wherever You Are”, shoes should be flat or 4″ heels – implying that he “in between” doesn’t make a statement. Of course, this isn’t always viable and of course there is nothing wrong with a kitten heel or something one can walk in, but I found the parallel of the concepts interesting. Certainly, the slit holes for hands to poke through are helpful, but six inches of extra sleeve won’t make my life any easier in spite of their visual appeal.

    tabithaOctober 13th, 2014  10:26 AM

  • dumb really dumb

    jiffyOctober 13th, 2014  10:41 AM

  • I’ve always worn extra long sleeves when hiking, if it’s cold, instead of gloves, or hot, to keep my hands out of the sun. Glad I’m so elegant in the mountains of LA.

    KathyOctober 13th, 2014  4:11 PM

  • Silly .. and inconvenient.
    Runway only .. ok maybe the hiking too.

    GayleOctober 13th, 2014  4:40 PM

  • It looked nice on the runway, and I’ve always been drawn to “the slouch,” but I’m a bit too thick in the middle to wear this on the street.

    Curled up with a mug of hot chocolate on the couch, no problem!

    SharonOctober 13th, 2014  8:52 PM

  • Soon to be found at century 21

    SheilaOctober 14th, 2014  10:55 AM

  • I’ve got long arms so I like long sleeves

    That's Not My AgeOctober 15th, 2014  4:50 AM

  • Sleeves flapping down over a woman’s hands are as ridiculous as pant legs dragging over our toes. Dysfunctional, dangerous, and fabric will always be dirty. An affectation and a silly one.

    PaulaOctober 17th, 2014  5:55 PM


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