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Using Sleeve Design to Complement Your Style

Your sleeve design is an important component of any style you create.

It can be the focal point of your garment, or just a nice little detail that sets your style apart; the "icing on the cake", so to speak.

cap sleeve top
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The cap sleeve is an example of that little detail that sets your garment apart from the others.

The top at left is not a true "tee", nor is it a tank or sleeveless top.  It's a great summer top, but just a little bit different.

There's just a tiny bit of arm coverage, but it's still cool enough to wear on a hot summer day.

The bell sleeve is another slight variation on a basic sleeve (in this case, the basic, straight blouse sleeve).

With its gentle flare, it's just different enough to add some interest to a simple jacket, blouse, or top.

It's a really nice touch on a tunic top (I almost always use a bell sleeve on tunics!), adding a bit of femininity without being too "girly".

wrap jacket with bell sleeve
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flared top with flutter sleeve
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But if it's "girly" you want, "girly" we got!

The flutter sleeve is super-feminine and looks fantastic on a floral print, garden-party dress - or adds a feminine touch to a simple flared top.

It's another detail that makes this top "not your basic tee".

The flutter sleeve is also bold enough that it can take the stage as a focal point.

For a classic look, nothing beats the Bishop's sleeve.

It's a full sleeve, yes, but it's a little more than that.  It's a little longer at the back of the sleeve, which makes this sleeve drape beautifully in a soft crepe or other dressy fabric.

Of course, you can make a bishop's sleeve in a variety of fabrics, but in a nice blouse fabric, a blouse with this sleeve will take you from the office to dinner with just a little change of jewelry.

The bishop's sleeve should be the focal point of your garment!

blouse with bishop's sleeve
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Choose a sleeve, a blouse body style, and a neck treatment, and you'll have a new blouse or top in no time!

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