Friday, August 29, 2008

On the Street…..Left Bank, Paris

Notice that both of todays female images are wearing jackets with pushed up sleeves.

I did a post recently about men wearing pushed-up sleeves and the reaction was mixed if not a little more negative.

I wonder if there is a perceived difference between women doing it and men pushing the sleeves?


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  1. Plum

    August 29, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I love the look and her glasses but she should run – not walk – to get herself some better boots. Maybe some lace up ankle boots or Docs

    • Name*

      January 10, 2013 at 10:27 am

      I love her boots.

  2. Cathy Phillips

    August 29, 2008 at 9:50 am

    I love the pushed-up sleeves. It makes the blazer look easy and laid back. I wouldn’t have it any other way.


  3. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

    i agree with 'cathy phillips', i think the pushed up sleeve is an stylish and easy way to add some extra cool to an ourfit. & i actually like the boots shes wearing

  4. Charlie

    August 29, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Yes, there is a difference. Men pushing up sleeves of jacktes tend to look pretentious. No ides why.

  5. Miq-Tak

    August 29, 2008 at 10:05 am

    It makes her look like she just bought the new Def Leppard LP.

  6. Dan in Richmond

    August 29, 2008 at 10:11 am

    In discussing men and pushed up sleeves I said something like “God, please don’t let me start doing this”, but was actually in favor of it sometimes and not at others, depending on how it worked with a particular look. I think it IS more likely to be effective on a woman. These images are more rolled rather than pushed up in the way a guy might push up his blazer or jacket sleeves but still- maybe there’s something a little feminine about the line, or maybe it’s that with women, as in these photos, it’s more likely to happen with a softer fabric. We’re also more accustomed to seeing women in half or three-quarter-length sleeves whereas a man with his jacket sleeves pushed up is obviously doing something not usually, or not often, done. Yes, I say a better bet for women, though it can work for both.

  7. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 10:14 am

    I love this look. It’s so Annie Hall. I’d always intended to watch this movie again and get some of the slouchier, more man-ish elements of Diane Keaton’s look down. Funny glasses and all.

  8. Liza

    August 29, 2008 at 10:15 am

    such a cool girl.

  9. Jazzbuff630

    August 29, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Love the glasses, hate the boots (ugh!).

  10. Snobber

    August 29, 2008 at 10:23 am

    oh my goodness, i am in love with this outfit. she looks so chic and yet so comfortable. and i’m GLAD she’s wearing flat boots. that comfortable chic is a hard look to pull off. kudos, and i’d like to know where i can get that skirt. immediately.

  11. Observer

    August 29, 2008 at 10:26 am

    The grey glasses and the fan make the difference. Imagine her without them…

  12. KD

    August 29, 2008 at 10:44 am

    I like pushed-up sleeves, in general, here included. I love that she has a fan. So random and so wonderful!

  13. suzanne nelson

    August 29, 2008 at 10:58 am

    Love the look, 80s with chic. i like her pushed up sleeves and agree with dan in richmond on that subject. Lots of people have commented on her boots and i enlarged the picture and could see they are high heeled wedges. I like the concept but not those particular boots, they’re a bit clumpy. She needs a sleeker, narrower cut high heeled wedge, or even a ‘shoot’?

  14. My Greatest Intervention

    August 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I definitely think there might be a perceived difference between women doing it – and men pushing the sleeves. On the other hand – i’m up for the pushed-up-sleeves-thing. High five.

  15. -h of candid cool

    August 29, 2008 at 11:05 am

    my favorite thing here is the black fan.

    she looks very charming though.

  16. Claire

    August 29, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Pushed up sleeves are so much better than..normal sleeves. They stop a blazer from looking too formal and stiff.

    I just got a really nicely cut blazer from Topshop Unique of all places. For the money I paid, I’m really impressed with the fit. Anyway…it’s made with the sleeves ready-rolled-up!

  17. Maya

    August 29, 2008 at 11:12 am

    Love the look, especially the glasses; boots – not so much.

  18. Meredith

    August 29, 2008 at 11:14 am

    I love the glasses, the smile and the FAN. intriguing.

  19. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 11:20 am

    I, as a female, have been wearing pushed up sleeves all my life..
    I likes it because it gives a more relax feeling to cloths with more formal cuts.

    A “what’s up, just chilling” statement. :)

    Regardless, LOVE her style and attitude! And the fan! Genius! what a great accessory!

  20. miss sophie

    August 29, 2008 at 11:42 am

    i always tend to push up the sleeves of whatever jacket/blazer/shirt i wear, so i think it’s just an expression of your individual way of ‘being’ in your clothes. she wears it beautifully, and i love the quirky glasses too!

  21. Olviya

    August 29, 2008 at 11:53 am

    her effortless style goes wrong, i think.
    there is no shape.
    the skirt was bad desicion, as for me.

  22. leslie

    August 29, 2008 at 11:55 am

    i love pushed up sleeves on men or women. it’s sexy.

  23. The Domina

    August 29, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I don’t mind a rolled sleeve on a woman or man’s shirt, but I don’t like the pushed up sleeve and I don’t like it in a jacket or blazer.

  24. Gabriela

    August 29, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    I love when a man pushes up his sleeves spontaneously looking for freshness, casualness and confort. It looks so natural and sexy!

    And if it works for men, why not for women? After all an arm is an arm… I always end up pushing my sleeves up without noticing or wondering if it’ll look good; I just do it because it feels better that way.

    Even in the winter, sometimes I find myself pushing my coat sleeves up (when it’s sunny and not too cold that is).

    This girl is just an exemple of how pushed up sleeves feel confortable and give freedom to the arm’s movements so she can get to use her fan more graciously.

  25. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    pushed up sleeves seems practical for this time of year and casual with her loose skirt and tee. she looks great.

  26. starbahks

    August 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    your blog inspired me to start pushing up my jacket sleeves! And while i love it that I can do it confidently as a woman, it’s also pleasantly surprising to see men push boundaries and give their jackets a casual flair.

  27. cheryl

    August 29, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I lived through the 80′s… I think I’ll not do them again.

  28. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm

    This is a great look, and I like her pushed up sleeves. I like the pushed up sleeve on men as well; I think it is an easy, spontaneous look. If I said it looked pretentious I think I would be “overthinking” it. The flat boots are also lovely; a more popular or iconic boot would seem too contrived.

  29. Shaina

    August 29, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Hmm…wats wrong with men wearing their jackets with pushed-up sleeves? If anything, it makes them appear more stylish. Men can be “trendsetters” to! n that’s coming from a female. ^_-

  30. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    As a woman I always wear pushed up sleeves on my jackets. I don’t know why, I just think it looks cooler. She certainly does.

  31. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Re: pushed up sleeves: Aren’t negative–or especially mixed–reactions what great style is all about? I am starting to see the look in a whole new light again after considering it the preserve of mid-90s Lynyrd Skynyrd.

  32. Lilly

    August 29, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    i always always push up my sleeves. having my sleeves at my wrists positively bugs me! so, obviously, i like this “trend.”

  33. effie

    August 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    i’ll normally push up my sleeves as well, think it’s ‘no-hassle’ with my sleeves up. i love the push-up sleeves look both for men and women. no idea why anyone would think it looks bad on men. if anything, it just makes the men appear more stylish and exudes casual chic.

  34. Laura

    August 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    I agree with Lilly. I always always do that too! No need to bring the 80s back otherwise, but I love that look! It has the feeling of being powerful yet being comfortable with that.

  35. Jack Daniel

    August 29, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    It’s Miami Vice style.

    the difference is…women can get away with it.

  36. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    Push ‘em up, don’t push ‘em up. Who gives a f*ck?


  37. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    definitely always going for the push up sleeves! gives it a much more special feel!

  38. Commentarii

    August 29, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    I like the pushed up sleeves on the woman in the blue jacket below. However on this woman im not so sure, the proportions of her outfit feel wrong. The long skirt with boots that chop her off and the sleeves could be perceived to do the same I think. Pushed up jacket sleeves on men I am in favor of. I admired all the male examples of such that you have posted Sart. I’ve done it once myself.

  39. stikla gunita

    August 29, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    love those glasses!

  40. Zepequeña

    August 29, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Very smart!


  41. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I immediately thought of Diane Keaton in Annie Hall, updated. Apparently another reader had the same thought. I like it, she projects confidence and laid-back sexiness.

  42. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    GREAT SHOT!!!!! I love all the black (oh gosh, that black fan!!) and grey with the touches of subtle color!!

  43. zana bayne

    August 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    there are so many elements to this outfit that go back and forth between dressy and casual. an ankle length skirt…but gray jersey! a decorative fan…with a graphic t-shirt! the flower with the rolled sleeves!


  44. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    as usual men don’t have as much freedom in fashion compared to women. it makes me hate i am born male

  45. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Because women can get away with (almost) anything. Fashion-wise it’s always been the case for males – rules are more enforced and have less freedom and flexibility.

  46. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    I think she looks great, very happy. I’m a woman and I hate when sleeves are around my wrists, I always end up pushing them to 3/4 length. I wear a lot of stiff lines too so pushing up my sleeves loosens the look. Not to mention beautiful wrists and hands are on display!

  47. La Clocharde

    August 29, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I still don’t have an opinion about the sleeves…I don’t fancy push up sleeves much (although I don’t hate them at all and think that sometimes look pretty good) but I may fancy them tomorrow, so I don’t know.
    I love love love that she has a fan. I love fans!
    And her glasses are great (but her boots aren’t).
    Anyways, I think she has an inner elegance.

  48. Jessica

    August 29, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Not to be too persnickity about it, but both these ladies have rolled-up sleeves. The guys, if I recall, had pushed up sleeves. Having tried pushed-up sleeves a bit earlier this summer, it was really annoying and impossible to keep them in place – they kept coming right back down. Which is why I think men’s pushed-up sleeves don’t work. They look like something you’d have to fuss with repeatedly to keep them there. Frankly, men don’t look good in anything that needs too much fussing.

    Rolled sleeves however are casual and relaxed and stay put (see your gap ad, or any politician trying to look relaxed). I’m OK with rolled sleeves on anyone.

  49. Ileana

    August 29, 2008 at 6:11 pm

    Pushed up sleeves are so elegant yet casual. I think it works on women or men. The only issue is it can look really bad with a badly cut blazer, I think the cut of the shoulder and the back (i.e the structure of the jacket) is what causes success or failure. I’m also a big fan of the folded up sleeve…especially when the jacket has different coloured lining.

  50. Kitschen Pink

    August 29, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I do it, when I’m washing up, or changing a nappy, or maybe clearing up sticky things left by children. I don’t do it well. They always fall down again.
    I can’t bear a look that needs constant attention – like flicking your hair all the time. It’s like a nervous tick. How do they make them stay there? Clearly it’s their sartorial elegance! t.x

  51. Anonymous

    August 29, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    I agree, I enjoy the rolled sleeve look.
    And the easily placed flower on the lapel, the graphic tee with the casual long skirt, and that smile!
    And I actually like the boots with this outfit. It may not be the “best” or most “high fashion” choice, but it’s personality – a bit out of place, flat, rugged, and worn in – and that’s what makes a person’s outfit great!
    I love this!

  52. Mari-Anne

    August 29, 2008 at 8:36 pm

    pushed-up sleeves are comfylike really comfy :)

  53. cassaundra

    August 29, 2008 at 8:54 pm

    i love her fan and her smile.

  54. ashleigh

    August 29, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    i love her look. entirely. i cannot fault anything although i’m extremely jealous of her and want to :) her smile definately says that she knows she looks amazing.

  55. Kathleen

    August 29, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Very nerdy cool chic. Love the way she’s rocking that fan. I can’t wait to see all your pics from NY fashion week! – Kathleen from

  56. madameshawshank

    August 29, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    as glorious ease with her being…’n the exquisitely sensible

  57. swile67

    August 29, 2008 at 10:18 pm

    I don’t think there is a perceived difference between men and women pushing up the sleeves…think it looks great on both, well depending on who is doing the pushing:)
    Love this pic…I think you’ve captured her joie de vivre! I do agree with some about the boots-not great, but it looks like her skirt would touch the ground so you would only see a wee bit of the boots! But, she can get away with it…love the total look!

  58. metscan

    August 30, 2008 at 12:46 am

    Pushed up sleeves in general look better on women. WHY the fan on this picture. Don´t like her boots either. I don´t think she seems very comfortable herself either in that dress that has to be carried.

  59. michaeljosephowens

    August 30, 2008 at 1:21 am

    I like how the look evokes memories of Diane Keaton as Annie Hall. Overall, however, I think it’s a specialized look that requires a lot of consideration. Only a very few people—man or woman—can really pull it off.

  60. m e l i g r o s a

    August 30, 2008 at 1:57 am

    what a lovely vibe she’s got goin on. loving it.
    Nice way of sporting that belt.

  61. Cheny

    August 30, 2008 at 2:27 am

    i like the outfit expect the boots… she should better wear some nice flat sandals. or ankle boots. and pushed up sleeves looks great on men or women…. it gives the whole outfit a cool touch.

  62. paulinew

    August 30, 2008 at 2:38 am

    I always wear my jackets with the sleeves pushed up!

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    August 30, 2008 at 3:54 am

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    check it out:

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  64. Johanne

    August 30, 2008 at 4:21 am

    I love her outfit! The glasses are great.The flower pin too. About the sleeves,I think, in most cases, it gives a slouchy look.

  65. Erin

    August 30, 2008 at 4:58 am

    I almost always wear my sleeves pushed up.. out of habit more than anything.. sometimes I find myself pushing my sleeves down again because it’s cold, and then two minutes later I’ve pushed them up again. Generally I find it more comfortable, though.

  66. Alexia.

    August 30, 2008 at 6:19 am

    I like men wearing pushed-up sleeves, and i wear my sleeves pushed-up. Oui au Front de Libération des Manches!

  67. just me

    August 30, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Oh she’s carrying a fan! How fabulous!!! Personally I feel that the boots are a little too clunky and the skirt length is a bit awkward but these are insignificant details in the complete look. I bet she’s great company.

  68. Sam

    August 30, 2008 at 8:56 am

    mmmm, I wasn’t too impressed by either of the women, especially jean shorts, who looked like she just stripped a Guess Mannequin.

  69. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 9:08 am

    Napoleon Dynamite’s long-lost sister, moon boots and all!

  70. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I agree that this this look screams absolutely screams Annie Hall. Great movie, great look.

  71. M or M

    August 30, 2008 at 10:14 am

    i pull up my sleeves nun conciouslym and it ends up looking like more of a relaxed, style.

  72. K

    August 30, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    She looks like she’s having fun with her outfit – the glasses and the fan top it all off. Not sure it’s personally to my taste but it’s a great photo and she really suits her look (:

  73. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    i, like a lot of people here, have always naturally pushed my sleeves up. it’s more comforatable for me, and i love how it gives the look a laid back feel, especially with a blazer on both men and women — it takes all of the fussyness out of it. i also love rolled sleeves on collared shirts, on both sexes, but especially with men. you’re automatically cool. :)

  74. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    This pushed up/rolled up sleeve looks right with these bigger 80′s jackets, i think.
    This is a very bold outfit, and I wouldn’t have ever thought the parts of it would go together, but she makes it work. Kudos.

  75. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 8:05 pm


  76. Eelie

    August 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    The aesthetic seems all well thought out. Androgeny is a killer look and she looks like she’s having fun with it.

  77. Honeyspy

    August 30, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    I’m really tall. When I push up my sleeves (which is often) it’s usually because they’re too short. :x

  78. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    her clothes are amazing, but close up i don’t like any of her accessories except the fan (sorry!) and her hair is.. ratty (? i’m sorry i really can’t think of a better word) but i love the way she’s holding her skirt and smiling – very cool.

  79. Anonymous

    August 31, 2008 at 12:58 am

    i love pushed up sleeves. to me it says, “i’m ready for some trouble.”

  80. RED

    August 31, 2008 at 1:50 am

    claire said it best, pushed up sleeves…

    “stop a blazer from looking too formal and stiff.”

    for both men and women.

  81. Anonymous

    August 31, 2008 at 2:14 am

    It's all in the execution and context – I don't think there is a gender issue to 'sleeves up' at all. This woman makes it work, as do many of the men that have been featured.

    As for context: I went 'sleeves up' on a V&R tux I wore the other night, got compliments all evening. However, would I want to see a man in a tux doing the same thing? It would really depend on the man and what else was going on. Can't decide on a general basis – it's deeply individual.

  82. monique

    August 31, 2008 at 2:47 am

    I love her smile and her lady-like gate.

    As for the clothes, I don’t love them. The skirt might be okay, I can’t tell. The fan is cute but she’s wearing a jacket which suggests it’s not really fan weather which means it’s a prop and I’m not a big lover of grandiose props without purpose (I find Lagerfeld’s fan just stupid and payed out…. unless he’s going through menopause in which case I forgive him and say “fan on miss thing”)

    And the pushed-up sleeve is a big 80′s throw-back. I’m not headed in that direction any time soon and I hope it doesn’t become a “thing”. It just looks sloppy most of the time. I don’t think the line is very flattering even on casual clothes — that said, I did love the gray haired beauty (below) with her rolled up blue shirt. That was the only way I’ve seen it work.

    Of course, this girl here is so adorable it’s hard to fault her for anything…. but somehow I managed.

  83. Anonymous

    August 31, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Why don’t you visit Norway? It’s so beautiful and different, but still, they have that elegant european feeling! You really should make a visit to the cities of Oslo, Bergen,Tønsberg and Stavanger! Trondheim and Tromsø are also great! Love, love, love your pictures! Keep up the good work and update as often as possible.

    Btw: Any suggestions for some great movies with fashionable clothes?

  84. Deja Pseu

    August 31, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I’m a sleeve pusher-upper as well. For me it’s about comfort rather than any kind of style statement.

    I love her look, including the boots.

  85. Amelie / ces petits riens parisiens

    August 31, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    She looklikes so happy… Is that to see you…

  86. Mira

    August 31, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    To me rolled up sleeves mean the following – up for work, up for fun, relaxed, informal and switched on. I don’t see why someone should have issues with that. People that actually really have to get some work done would probably agree with me. Perfectly buttoned long sleeves are for posers! Rolled-up sleeves rule!

  87. Chloe

    August 31, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    I love your blog. I just found it online, and I can’t wait more. That’s so cool that it was in magazines in stuff. My blog is
    and I just made it. So it is very new. Any advice? Keep this blog up :-)

  88. yariten

    August 31, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    I think the flower is a really nice touch that we should see more of but the fan? Looks like an affectation to me, even though a woman can just, just get away with it.

  89. Lady Lala

    August 31, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    i love paris

  90. B.

    August 31, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    I read about your website in a portuguese magazine!I really love the idea… it reminds me a painter, Jorge Colombo that draw a people per day in New York!
    Sometimes when i’m walking in the street i see people with amazing dresses,with that perfect look, or simply with crazy beautiful acesorizes and i wish o could take a photograph too…
    P.s. – Im sorry about my english =S

  91. Anonymous

    August 31, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    I love pushed up sleeves. It gives a great look, and feels good. At least, I like getting long sleeves out of my way sometimes.

  92. Joanie

    August 31, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    She’s pulling it off. I like how comfortable she looks. And in my opinion, I do love the pushed-up sleeves look for both men and women.

  93. K. Sundari

    August 31, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    I adore this look, and boo-hoo to all those people that complained about pushed up sleeves. I think it looks good on both sexes. It does make it look laid back like as if you are busy doing something but casually so.

  94. ellastica

    September 1, 2008 at 3:58 am

    interesting contrasts.
    slouchy yet formal. a t-shirt worn with blazer and belted jersey(?) skirt.
    bare legs with clunky boots.
    neutral palette with pops of color. peach and green w/red in accessories. her sunglasses(!) make the outfit.
    disheveled r’n'r hair w/ perfectly blended doll-like make-up.
    very spirited and inspiring!

  95. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 4:29 am

    Very dynamic, nice picture!

  96. MeryJane

    September 1, 2008 at 7:17 am

    I can’t really imagine myself in an outfit like this but i don’t know why I love it on her! haha
    Congrats for your work, you are a huge inspiration for thousands of people!

  97. Estrela

    September 1, 2008 at 10:07 am

    I’m portuguese, but I love fashion.
    I love seing people with clothes different from everyone! And I really liked this photo, it’s FASHION!


  98. Barbara

    September 1, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I love this outfit. I’ve been torn between those boots though. tall people can definitely get away with it, but not me.

  99. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    perhaps with men, the pushed up sleeves seems off-taste since a jacket is traditional men’s wear, hence more subjected to “rules” On a woman, however, no rules need apply–so the sleeves dont present as much of an issue.

    On her-with her attitude and handheld air conditioning device, it looks fantastic.

  100. chloe chen

    September 1, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    proportion is the reason for females to push up the sleeves of jackets. it will work for men with lean arms.

  101. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Although how she is wearing her sleeves was throughly discussed, no one commented on the inspiration for her outfit: the T-shirt. The graphic resembles a flamenco dancer. This woman’s pushed/rolled sleeves bare her arms echoing the dancer’s; her skirt mimics the dancer’s long flowy skirt, and the lapel ornament of flouncy fabric (tulle?) echoes the dancer’s flounce. So of course she needs a fan – as that’s what the dancer would have. The outfit is playful projecting her personality.

  102. dylan

    September 1, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    i love the pushed up sleeves, when they are rolled up all neatly and chunky. i think its very charming and apply it often with my caridgans.

  103. Barry

    September 1, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    For men: only shirts and knitwear are allowed to be worn pushed-up in my opinion. Women can get away with lots more than men. And for both sexes it always depends on the rest of the look (sprezzatura is cool, but be aware not everyone gets away with it!).

  104. Minx

    September 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    A pushed-up sleeve is a pushed-up sleeve, man or woman, and is no way to treat a well-made jacket so don’t do it! If you need convincing then I have only two more words for you: Miami Vice.

  105. Anna Gee

    September 1, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    I love her look, it’s original.
    Like a Gothic-Japanese Katherine Hepburn in the late 60′s.

  106. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    That dingy skirt destroys the outfit for me. Everything else has a nerdy/cool look that suits her well.

  107. Anonymous

    September 1, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    i’m all for the woman pushing up her sleeves. sometimes the balance of the outfit needs it.

    men, like it in some instances for balance or to make a look more casual, but not when wearing a dressy suit.

  108. Hundrednorth

    September 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    A long skirt with wedge ankle boots! Argh, it thrills and frustrates me the way she pulls it off!

    I think we’re just used to seeing 3/4 sleeves on women’s outerwear. I do love the look of men who roll up their dress shirt sleeves, so why not blazers?

  109. Mike

    September 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm


  110. Vronique

    September 1, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    The pushed-sleeves look HAS to be about comfort, because that’s why I do it – I push my sleeves up when I’m commuting for ease of movement. That said, the fan and the pink blossom on the jacket gives her a je ne sais quoi vibe, and she belts it all up to keep the whole look intact. Difficult to pull-off, but she obviously can!

  111. Vronique

    September 2, 2008 at 12:08 am

    One more thing: love your GANT ad campaign :) great potraiture!

  112. Alisa

    September 2, 2008 at 12:23 am

    I hope no one’s mentioned this… was too lazy to read all the posts.

    Here is the simple reason why rolled-up jackets (especially menswear inspired jackets) look better on women: “mens” clothing shouldn’t fit perfectly on a woman, the whole style is dependent on the loose-ness, the “loose” or “laid back” un-feminine chic. Rolling up the sleeves – an indication of a not so perfect/loose fit – is apropos in regard to the irony of the style.
    On a man it looks “pretentious” as another commenter put, because, why would a man wear a jacket that doesn’t fit? or a jacket in weather that doesn’t call for it (another reason why people roll up their sleeves). It reeks of “effort”. Style like that is best when it appears effortless.

    -another aside- the look would have been better with menswear inspired shoes also…something old school like from the jazz era.

  113. Duncan

    September 2, 2008 at 7:38 am

    She looks great; the sleeves give us a sneeky shot of her slender figure, and that is why she can do whilst looking feminine.

    On the subject of men rolling up sleeves… on shirts (with single cuff); fine. It takes on that, ‘down to business’ look and can add a sense of purpose.

    On a man’s jacket, there is simply never a reason to roll or push your sleeve up. If you are too hot, you choice the wrong cloth. If you are about to get busy, remove your jacket.

    Rolling your jacket! You’d be walked off the Row, and rightfully so.

  114. pinar

    September 2, 2008 at 8:15 am

    men doing it reminds me of army and i hate it!

    women doing it looks clumsy but i love it!

  115. Hissy Stitch

    September 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    She looks very at home in that ensemble. I don’t mind the boots — the casual jersey skirt is fine with flats or boots. I wouldn’t have thought of putting that t-shirt under the jacket, but she’s pulled it off well.

  116. [email protected]

    September 2, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    My best friend commented on my profile pic with pushed up sleeves and said it was “age inappropriate”.He said it was too “Justin Timberlake”. I like it but am now in serious self doubt about the look.

  117. Anonymous

    September 3, 2008 at 11:12 am

    I think that this look has a lot to do with ‘masculine femininity’…It has that whole allure of a woman in a tux or mens t-shirt, which is why perhaps women have been embracing it.
    I don’t agree with some of the posts that this look is ‘inappropriate’ (how so?) or that it is impractical. Rolling or pushing up the sleeves on a blazer has less to do with being hot or busy; there doesn’t need to be a reason. Rather, its done for aesthetic purposes. It’s a twist on an old classic- and I think it looks great! Of course, not everyone can pull off the jacket with pushed up sleeves, but I think it is a funky way to make an everyday jacket interesting.

  118. Cakey

    September 3, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    It’s funny that there has been a slightly more negative approach to the womens blazers / jackets with sleeves pushed up…. Here in little old New Zealand (do you guys know where that is?? ha ha) my sister and I have been wearing our blazers with the sleeves pushed up for some time now! We love the look (even though we seem to be only people applying it!

    Considering most people here are either still wearing clothes they bought in the mid-90′s or ‘stubbies, swandri’s and jandals’ it’s pleasing to know that we have adopted a fraction of the ever-elegant European style….

  119. Rachel

    September 9, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    pushed up sleeves are fabulous on anyone, man or woman, gives it’s a casual feel that’s so nice to look at

  120. Sybil

    September 12, 2008 at 11:17 pm

    Everything about this oufit (and the gal) is sheer perfection!

  121. Rita

    September 20, 2008 at 10:15 am

    I’m a female, and I love wearing pushed up sleeves on shirts and blazers. A tip : I fold the sleeves up once or twice then scrunch, and they stay up all day that way ! This works quite well on cotton blazers.

  122. slavenka

    October 12, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    Its taking a fan that has long since become somewhat obsolete and pairing this small piece of our fashion legacy with a t shirt and a blazer that belong in the now-that makes this girls outfit choice both magical and intelligent.

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