to laugh in one’s sleeve~

dievca was admiring a “bell sleeved” sweater from Mishoo Nonoo
and got to thinking about being creative with the design of sleeves.
Sleeves vintage

Sleeves can be sexy, innocent, strange and familiar.
They add expression to an outfit.  

Sleeve (O. Eng. slieve, or slyf, a word allied to slip, cf. Dutch sloof) is the part of a garment that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The pattern of the sleeve is one of the characteristics of fashion in dress, varying in every country and period. Various survivals of the early forms of sleeve are still found in the different types of academic or other robes. Where the long hanging sleeve is worn it has, as still in China and Japan, been used as a pocket, whence has come the phrase to have up one’s sleeve, to have something concealed ready to produce. There are many other proverbial and metaphorical expressions associated with the sleeve, such as to wear one’s heart upon one’s sleeve, and to laugh in one’s sleeve.

Sleeve length varies from barely over the shoulder (cap sleeve) to floor-length. Most contemporary shirt sleeves end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and the wrist.

The site uses images to explain objects.

The site uses images to explain objects.

The site uses images to explain objects.

The site uses images to explain objects.

And the type of sweater sleeve that dievca was looking at:

Sleeve bell fcc52-cocktail-pullover-knitting-pattern-a Sleeves Bell wildfox_couture_star_crossed_sweater_5_1 Sleeve Marion Cropped Black Wool Sweater$295 sleeve movint-bell-sleeve-chunky-sweater-grey-e1304639_l
Sleeve Bell Sweater Zara

And as a strange side note….if you don’t like the “bat wings” on your arms….slimming sleeves:

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8 Comments on “to laugh in one’s sleeve~”

  1. Bat wings! Let’s see a model who can truly demonstrate that conceal! Lol Look at all the tiny frames; very narrow shoulders can most easily carry this look, yes?

    • dievca says:

      Ahhh– you found the humor, too! I remember my Mom complaining and then I saw the contraption….Honestly, my Mom’s arms look great for 80+. May I look as good without Spanx Arms. 😀

  2. Pelelotus says:

    I’m a fan of fitted sleeves. When you are petite, you cannot wear baggy sleeves, else you look like you are wearing your mothers clothes. X

  3. esther says:

    i’m with Pelelotus, can’t wear the baggy, nor puffy or oversized sleeves…i like fitted sleeves. better still would be the sleeveless cut-in style of a racerback top, which gives my narrow shoulders the illusion of width. xx

    • dievca says:

      Does a dolman sleeve help? I think a raglan sleeve might make your shoulders look more narrow. A puff sleeve (Hello, early 80’s Laura Ashley) does help with narrow shoulders, as do the shoulder pads. (Wink, Wink!)

      • esther says:

        loved the shoulderpads! hate the puffy. dolman is really too much fabric. i lift weights, that helps 🙂 xxx

      • dievca says:

        My shoulders are equal to my hips, but I would like them to be broader, too. Makes for trouble when trying to fit into jackets using Italian sizing….


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