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How To Pick the Right Sleeve Length For Your Blouse!

BY Sakshi | 09 Nov, 2017 | 14531 views | 5 min read

Cap sleeves, full sleeves, 3/4th sleeves, no sleeves or halter etc etc etc- there are so many sleeve types to choose from, and it can be quite a task to pick what would suit you! Yes, you look great in a noodle strap top, but that doesn't mean that it's the style that will flatter you the most when you wear that bridal lehenga of yours!

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So here is a quick guide on how to pick the perfect sleeve length for any blouse- whether it's with a bridal lehenga, a saree or a light flowy one for one of the smaller functions! 

Full Sleeves

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  • This type goes well with every kind of body and is very flattering.
  • Works very well for brides who are either too heavy or too lean- heavy brides should go for a deeper neckline and back.
  • Stick to fabrics like georgette , chiffon and net. Silk full sleeves, while doable are reccomended only for very slim brides.
  • Depending on your built, choose the material- thinner material for heavier brides an thicker for leaner brides. 

Quarter or 3/4th Sleeves

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  • This style is also one that suits every body type, from lean to heavy and makes a lehenga look elegant
  • These provide the illusion of looking taller, so if you are a short bride, this style can add the illusion of a few inches.
  • They cover up bony or heavy arms well. 
  • A very good option for voluptuous brides.
  • The fitting of the sleeves in this style is very important. A loose fit can make your arms look very heavy. 

Half Sleeves

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  • These sleeves can end up looking slightly casual if not worn well.
  • The place where the sleeve cuts of makes a huge difference. Keep it definitely longer than 4 inches.
  • Avoid getting heavy borders on the sleeve when your sleeves are this length
  • If the neck of your blouse is too deep, then these are the best, most ideal sleeves to opt for. 

Elbow-length Sleeves

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  • These sleeves are conservative, yet look very contemporary, more than half or 3/4th sleeves.
  • They can be worn by skinny or heavy brides, but again, the material matters a lot.
  • Heavier brides should not get these sleeves made in a thick material and with a lot of work on them, which will attract more attention to the upper part of the body.
  • The fitting of a sleeve like this one is super important. Make sure it fits perfectly.

Sleeveless

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  • They look best on lean brides, and avoid these if you have heavy upper arms.
  • These might not be the best option to rock for a bridal lehenga, as the sleeves can add a lot more to the 'bridal look'
  • You also might want to avoid this style if you have a heavy bust as it can attract more attention to it. 

Puffy Sleeves

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  • A very popular option for South Indian brides, not so much for North Indian ones.
  • Avoid this if you have a chubby face, it can make it look heavier.
  • This is a great option for extremely lean or flat-chested brides to add some form and shape to their figure.

Noodle Straps or Spaghetti Sleeves

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  • A great look if you have the arms and shoulders to pull this off.
  • This works for those looking for an unconventional look, might not be the best ideas for brides looking to cover up.
  • Great for smaller functions or bridesmaids, not so much for the bridal lehenga. 

Halter

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  • Another unconventional choice for brides if you are looking for something offbeat.
  • Not a very good idea for brides with broad shoulders.
  • This style can work very well for brides with an hourglass figure. 
  • If you have a chubby face, then stay away from the high-neck variety of these, they will make you look chubbier.

Off Shoulder

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  • A great idea for smaller functions like the Mehendi or the Sangeet.
  • Looks great with lehengas and western clothes alike, and is very trending these days.
  • Great to show off if you have killer collar bones.
  • Stay away if you have a heavy bust or a plump shoulder or back, which can look unappealing. 

Cape Sleeves

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  • Great for petite brides.
  • Avoid this if you are on the heavier side, as it can add the illusion of a few pounds.
  • Brides with a heavy bust or chubby face should also avoid this style. 

Bell Sleeves

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  • Great for petite or super skinny brides.
  • Avoid this if you are on the heavier side, as it can add the illusion of a few pounds.
  • Brides with a heavy bust or chubby face should also avoid this style. 

Strapless or Bustier

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  • A great look if you have the arms, shoulders and waist to pull this off.
  • This works for those looking for an unconventional look, might not be the best ideas for brides looking to cover up.
  • Is a great option for athletic brides or those with a slim straight figure.
  • Not the best idea for busty brides, this can attract way more attention than you want!
  • Great for smaller functions or bridesmaids, not so much for the bridal lehenga. 

Drop Shoulder or Falling Sleeves 

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  • A great idea for smaller functions like the Mehendi or the Sangeet.
  • Looks great with lehengas and western clothes alike, and is very trending these days.
  • Is a more ideal style than off shoulder for heavier brides. 
  • Stay away if you have a heavy bust or broad shoulders- it can make you look very top heavy. 

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