As the weather cools down, elbow sleeves, also known as half sleeves, become a practical choice. Although you can still wear a sleeveless dress and layer a jacket over it, you may feel slightly frustrated when it’s even too cold for you take off the jacket indoors. Before winter arrives, most indoor places are not heated. That means the coldest season for indoor environments may be fall instead of winter! Fall is really a time for elbow-sleeve dresses!
Keeping You Warm Indoors
The red elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress shown above would be ideal for a Chinese wedding banquet held in the fall. The bride won’t need to layer a bolero or shawl over the dress during the banquet to keep her arms warm. Every guest will get to see the beauty of the entire dress!
Why elbow sleeves but not long sleeves then? You may ask. Well, first of all, elbow sleeves are long enough to keep us warm. When it’s just a little chilly, we will feel cold in our upper arms but not in the lower arms, because our lower arms move a lot and thus usually stay warm.
Secondly, elbow sleeves won’t restrict the movement of the lower arms. You do everything more easily in elbow sleeves than in long sleeves.
Plus, in most cases, unless the long sleeves are sheer or made of lace, long-sleeve dresses tend to look a little matronly. You certainly don’t want to add years to the age you look!
Sophisticated but Youthful
Elbow sleeves look more conservative than short sleeves or the sleeveless style, but they won’t make you appear older. Since the exposure of the lower arms allows free movements of the entire arms, it keeps your entire image agile, therefore youthful.
An elbow-sleeve dress can be a wonderful office outfit. Its sleeves will keep your upper arms warm at work but won’t get in the way when your lower arms are busy moving over the desk.
Below are some office-appropriate Mandarin dresses with elbow sleeves.
Perfect Combination of Elbow Sleeves and the Mandarin Collar
Elbow-sleeve dresses come in many styles, but they look best with the traditional Mandarin collar, because the stand-up collar can enhance the sleek look of the elbow sleeves. In the meantime, the Mandarin collar will keep your neck warm in the cooling weather.
If you put on an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress, you won’t need a scarf. You won’t need a necklace, either — the ornate frog buttons of the Mandarin dress should suffice to decorate your collar bone area. You can totally minimize your accessories, and you know minimalism is considered tasteful in fashion.
In the fall, an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress made of splendid silk is really all you need for special occasions. Below are some fantastic choices:
All these Mandarin dresses look fancy enough for you to just let one of them shine on its own without bothering with accessories.
No matter you have work, play, or both in mind, you can never go wrong with an elbow-sleeve Mandarin dress in the fall. Definitely pick one this fall!