Ah, the eternal question! I'm with you. As a woman who is no longer in my 20's, (or 30's or 40's for that matter) I understand the desire to "keep our arms to ourselves". Don't get me wrong, all things considered I think I'm in pretty good shape. I eat a healthy diet, get some exercise, and use good nutrition and beauty products.
All of that aside, I still don't love my arms. They wave when I wave, they have dimples that don't look like Shirley Temple's, and they don't--nor will they ever--lift weights often enough to be classified anywhere near the ubiquitous "ripped" status. I think I am not alone in this category. Ladies? When we want to show ourselves in our best light, at a conference, in a boardroom, with a client, do we want those arms on display?
Additionally, I get cold. Even in the heat of summer, most buildings are air conditioned right? And don't tell me to hunt for some poor lonely jacket, or sweater that might work over that sleeveless dress. Now, I live in California, land of mainly sunshine. If I'm cold, my fellow arm-haters in other parts of the country must be nearly frozen.
I think we're all tired of this. It's the main reason I decided to launch Classiqu Era.
So why oh why, is it so hard to find good dresses with sleeves? I give you.....three reasons cited by designers, and my response to each:
Number 1. Designers think sleeves are frumpy.
My answer--not if they're done right! Look at the designs of mid 20th century dresses. Most had sleeves. They are most decidedly not frumpy. Sleeves don't have to be wide, billowy, and look like grandma. They can be sleek and sophisticated--all in the design.
Number 2. They don't offer the same range of motion as a sleeveless dress.
My answer--of course they don't. Neither does a jacket, but we don't wear sleeveless jackets do we? We design sleeves on the jacket that allow us to move. Obviously it can be done. Once again, see my response to number 1.
Number 3. Adding proper sleeves costs money. More fabric, and pattern/design issues.
My answer--Yes! It does cost money. Building in gussets, and adjusting (and readjusting) shoulder caps and armholes through multiple fittings, adds to the cost of the finished garment. In the grand scheme of things, do we really care?
Lastly, we've gotten accustomed to the sleeveless sheath dress. I challenge you to look up a few different styles on google. Cocoon, Raglan Sleeve, Shirtwaist, Swing Jacket. Gorgeous silhouettes that have fallen out of fashion simply from underuse....that can change.
We got you (and your arms) covered!