A classic sleeve style where the sleeve shoulder seam is at the natural shoulder line.
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Sleeves consist of three main areas: the head, width and length. When selecting garments that have sleeves all three of these areas need to be checked for their suitability to you. High armholes are flattering to everyone and allow for the greatest amount of movement. Low armholes obscure the point where the torso ends and the arm begins and can make you appear broader in the torso than you are. If you require shoulder pads (see accessory section) ensure they are in the correct style and size both for the garment and the width and slope of your shoulders. Where necessary re-position and/or exchange them until they give you the best shoulder-line and are invisible to onlookers.
The addition of shoulder pads will improve the balance of your upper and lower body. You need shoulder pads that add width rather than height to your shoulders. The correct shoulder pad for you will be one that suits the style of garment, gives your shoulders the required lift and are almost, if not totally invisible to onlookers. Re-position or replace sewn-in shoulder pads as necessary. Full bodied shirts and sweaters may require slightly larger shoulder pads.
Push or roll your sleeves to 3/4 length to add extra visual height to your overall appearance. Do not wear sleeves at this length if you have tucked your top garment into the bottom piece as it will make you appear wide and chunky.
Garments with a high armhole will elongate and slim your torso.
Sleeves sit on the periphery of your body. Where they end they attract attention to that area. This gives sleeves the ability to highlight or to draw the attention away from figure challenges.
Appropriate styles are those that suit the wearer's age and environment. A seventy-year-old woman wearing spaghetti straps or a halterneck may give the impression she is not emotionally coping with her advancing age or she lacks self-awareness. Sleeveless styles are not considered appropriate for most business environments (except in the most tropical of areas) unless covered by a jacket. Jackets instantly add credibility and professionalism.
Unusual or fashionable cuffs add flair, fashion and individuality to the overall appearance of shirts and blouses. However, be careful that the cuffs do not attract attention to any of your figure challenges. The more elaborate or unusual your blouse the fewer options you will have when it comes to co-ordinating it with the other garments in your wardrobe and the quicker it will fall out of fashion.
Shoulder pads are an essential accessory for many women. They can make the difference between a woman looking slim and confident, or overweight and dowdy. Women with sloping/narrow shoulders, wide waists and hips, or large bust lines will benefit from shoulder pads. However, there are many types of shoulder pads and choosing the right one is essential. Some will need deep, wide pads while others need thin styles that only add width, not height, to the shoulders.
When checking the suitability of a sleeve in a top, shirt, blouse, dress or jacket against the information in this section there are four areas to examine: