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Friday, 29 September 2017

How Long Are Your Arms?

Fair warning, this is a rant.

Seriously....how long are the average woman's arms?  I am never able to buy a shirt or sweater or jacket without having to either roll up the sleeves or get them altered.  I don't know about you but I haven't noticed too too many women walking around with their hands hanging below their knees.  Okay, I buy pants off the 'petite' racks so maybe I need 'petite' sweaters, shirts and jackets.  Haven't seen any of those around.  If you are petite in one place it stands to reason you are probably petite all over right?   Manufacturers need to take a really long hard look at their market.  Okay, that's my rant for the day.

15 comments:

  1. I am short, too, Delores - and yes, they do make petite tops, which are better proportioned for us shorties. Not too many petite offerings around here now - I don't think they did enough business. We have an Alia store which has regular and petite clothing. I think the sleeve problem is even worse because of the fad from a few years back where young women wanted their sleeves down over their hands! I dunno, I'd rather wear gloves if my hands are cold . . .

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  2. The sleeves are long so you can pull your phone holding hand in to stay warm. These new kids don't wear gloves, they wear sleeves.

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  3. That's why I rarely buy a long-sleeved shirt. When I do, I usually push or roll the sleeves up to my elbows, anyway, so I'm better off buying stuff with the 3/4 length sleeves.

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  4. One of the reasons for the longer sleeves is now they are wrist length. Yes the true wrist is below the ulnar bone and is actually more like the top of the hand and the heel of your hand. I actually like them longer as I have very thin wrists and large ulnar bones. I've been asked more times than I can count if I've broken my arm in the past. Women's Petite should fit you better, it's the Missy Petite that will still cater to the younger lady's long sleeve tastes. I hope that didn't seem preachy but I do like to share things when I know them and can maybe help someone understand the whys and wherefores of things that confuse us in this world today. :) Have a wonderful evening.

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  5. As a tall woman I am grateful for sleeves and legs which don't sit at half mast. Sleeves can be rolled, pants can be hemmed.

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    1. As a short woman, I'm tired of pants that are too long from waist to crotch, so I have to wear them with the waist band rolled over, even after I've cut and hemmed the legs.

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  6. I have a LS blouse. It used to have 'over-long' sleeves. I gained some weight (too much, I admit) and now the sleeves fit. (Probably from extra weight all over and on my back). The blouse still fits. I think they are getting around this size thing by selling in two sizes such as 10-12 and 14-16.
    Have you tried the Junior sizes? I think they still make them. They were made for gals of a shorter stature.

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    1. But junior sizes are also for thinner girls, not rounded women I think, so wouldn't they be too small around waist, hips and bust?

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  7. Seems like a genuine rant indeed. Sometimes manufacturers need to look at the big picture. Greetings.

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  8. I had a girlfriend who had to cut off the bottoms of her jean legs and the bottom of her sleeves to fit into clothes. It was a good look.

    Another friend used to cut a single hole in each sleeve to stich her thumbs through so that it almost looked like gloves.

    I'm not sure why clothing manufacturers make their clothes like that, but some people make it work.

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  9. I have a similar problem, I'm short but overweight, so have to buy clothes that fit around me and of course they are far too long everywhere. Not only the length of the pants, but the length from waist to crotch, then in tops the length from shoulder to chest is too long.

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  10. Well, I am just the opposite. I have long arms and long legs (32" inseam) and am only 5'7" so I, unlike you, I find that many, many times, jeans, pants are too short...or they are okay before I wash them and the same goes for blouses/tops/shirts. So, I often ordered "talls". I am just long everywhere...:)JP

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