Plus Size Tops: How to Choose the Right Sleeve
Sleeves are an important detail to any top, blouse or shirt. Sleeves are a personal choice. Perhaps this is what the big girl talking inside your head might say: “ Do I go for comfort, look or fashion?” I say try for All the Above when it is available. My next choice is always comfort. What is the point to wear a blouse that is not the right fit? You will wear it once and then return it to the wardrobe never to be seen again (until 10 years from now when you do your Spring cleaning).
Let me get to the topic ~ when it comes to Fall and Winter season most women’s sleeve choices tend to be a ¾ sleeve or a full sleeve. Remember, a ¾ sleeve goes pass your elbow and may lie about 2-3 inches from the wrist. On the other hand a true classic full sleeve should go to the center of your hand. These types of sleeves usually are for women living in cooler areas. But is not always the case. Some women want to cover their entire arm.
During the warm and hot seasons most women want less fabric. The question is how much less do women prefer? The butterfly sleeve is a good choice or a classic straight sleeve? The butterfly sleeve is roomy and flows. Some women may see this as having too much fabric, in reality it does not contour the body shape so it appears slimming.
Interestingly, we asked our Facebook Fans which one they preferred. We received over 24 comments from our Fans. They selected number one (the tops with the butterfly sleeves) as their favorite choice. One Fan wrote:
For heavier women in hot climate #1. It will chaff if too tight.
Cooler climate 2. Gauze fabric… 1 all the time. It would ” creep” if someone had large arms.
Which one do you like? We love to hear from our readers.
Stephen, Your Designer
“There is an amazing feeling of artistic accomplishment when all the parts come together into one harmonious aesthetic. It's a connection with who you are and the elements you choose to express yourself visually. This is what making clothing is all about for me. It's like when a songwriter hears his first written notes from a voice or a baker who has practiced a recipe and nails it or a figure skater who exceeds her own expectations. I express my sense of art in clothing. I see things in color, shape and texture. I react to the touch of silk on my skin and my eyes are aware of how color combinations make me feel. My goal is to bring all of these intuitive notions to garments that are sized for larger women. If I can accomplish this then I have reached my goal.” – Stephen