Real Life Fashion Show: Sleeves Are Splendid

Most of us love a bit of sleeve, especially from now until April. But sleeves can be more than a cozy cover – they can be style statements. As per always, the women of Visible Monday provide ideas and inspiration when it comes to Sleeving (new word, actually borrowed from the great movie Roxanne).

As always, the first tip is: wear the sleeve styles you love, and own your look. Confidence is all.

And there’s always room in my closet for some fun and funky sleeves:

Gorgeous Elsie from The Cooking Wardrobe chose this brilliant floral shift with a shoulder-less sleeve and skimming fit. The dress is so pretty, with the floral print “falling off” one side. Great sandals too:


Andrea of Living On Cloud Nine, does a fab Boho look with knit vest, sunglasses, and floppy hat. And of course, the flowy dress with bell-hem sleeves. We all had this dress or blouse, right? A great vintage/modern look:

Andrea boho cloud nine
Laurie of Vanity And Me wears a current turtleneck poncho with cropped wide sleeves. This topper has such appealing shape and structure, it really makes the look fresh. The sleeves balance the slim trousers beautifully:

Laurie vanity and me
Sheila of Ephemera is always fabulous and creative in her style. This vintage dress would not be as amazing as it is without the full gathered-and-cuffed sleeves. Love the spring green color too:

sheila ephemera
Jenny of A Pocketful Of Polka Dots is the boldest sleeve model this week. Love those ruffled, dramatic sleeves on an otherwise simple, chic tunic. Jenny does not need to add much in the way of accessories, as the sleeves are a fab statement:

jenny red sleeves

How do you like to sleeve? xo

Stay fabulous,

Here’s more statement-making pieces for any age, inspired by the Visible women:

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  1. I must sleeve — my underarm areas were butchered from surgeries and are no longer presentable. Positive result? No need to shave! Bwahahaha.
    Lovely sleeving examples, especially Elsie!

    Where did the illustration come from? It reminds me of the home sewing pattern artwork from my youth.


    • I am a HUGE fan of Nancy! Sewing has been my passion for a long time, and I look to Nancy as my ̶virtual mentor.” My favorite way to watch Nancy now is on my PBS iPad app – while riding my stationary bike. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your gift!

  2. You’re so right that a sleeve can make an outfit so interesting!!
    Funny because I’ve seen the sleeve details, but I really didn’t think about it much. Sometimes I need to be hit in the head a couple of times before it gets my attention, LOL!
    It’s such a perfect way for us older women to make a statement—thanks so much for this idea—I’m totally going to run with it!

  3. Aw, thank you so much, Patti! I’m honoured to be among such greatly-sleeved women! (and I adore Roxanne, filmed in beautiful Nelson, BC, practically our backyard). Thank you for highlighting outfit features in such creative ways!

    • dit :Ah beh c’est malin, v’là que je me languis le mois de septembre pour courir m’inscrire à la danse. Ça fait 7 ans que j’ai arrêté (en ayant commencé à 4 ans!!) et je sens que la reprise va être rude;)La deuxième partie du second ballet est vraiment très intéressante!! C’est super que tu reprennes ! et ne t&u#t17;inq8iè2e pas, c’est comme le vélo, ça ne s’oublie pas ! (et je me tape des courbatures mutantes à chaque rentrée, depuis 25 ans )

  4. It’s amazing how an interesting sleeve can elevate a simple outfit. There are so many great examples here. I do love those full “angel wing” sleeves you see on many maxi dresses from the 70s. I love how flowy they are. But you have to be careful when you wear them out to eat. I learned that when I accidently dragged one through a plate of pasta and tomato sauce while reaching for my wine glass!!!!

    • Oh that is what I fear about those flowy sleeves! You didn’t spill the wine, I hope. xo

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