How to Choose the Correct Sleeve Length

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Are there any rules for the right sleeve length?

Finding the Right Sleeve Length

Jacket and long sleeves should usually end just below the wrist bone for most women.  A too short sleeve makes your arms look longer and that you’ve outgrown the garment.  A too long sleeve makes the arms look short and that the garment is too large for you.

Also consider your arm shape.

Sleeve Length

And consider your body shape.

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6 Comments

  • Even petite tops leave me with a bunch of extra material at the wrist. I used to push a full length sleeve up my arm to 3/4 length or fold the cuff back a couple of times, but was never happy with all that extra bulk. Now I only wear 3/4 length sleeves. I was wondering if it’d be OK to wear a bracelet (something delicate, not a cuff) or if I shouldn’t ever call attention to my hips (my widest body part) with a flash of jewelry at my hip when I stand naturally.

  • With my long arms, many sleeves are too short and I look like stuff shrank in the wash…awful. I must admit that I actually get a little thrill out of a sleeve that’s too long!

  • Great explanation & visuals per usual! I was wondering just the other day if there was a spot on the arm that short sleeves or 3/4 sleeves were supposed to end at. Now I know it’s more about relation to the rest of your body vs having it end so many inches away from the elbow/wrist.

  • Ha! I did a google search because I wasn’t sure about the sleeve length on a jacket I have, and this was the first hit! I should have known to just come search here first!

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