Friday, May 29, 2009


I don't have shoulders. I mean, I HAVE shoulders, but they're not all they could be. I've been trying to work on my posture, in hopes that my shoulders might cooperate and take on a more becoming shape. Hey, it's not easy to sit up straight when you have the weight of double-D's on your chest. I just really don't want to be a sloucher (sigh).

So shoulders. They're very narrow. So narrow, in fact, that I have to be very choosy about the kind of shirts I wear. Women's shirts fit in the chest and midsection, but the shoulder seams are almost always too big, droopy, sloppy-looking. Junior's shirts fit in the shoulders, but not in the chest or midsection. I know, I know, "make friends with a tailor". But realistically, I'm not going to take everything with a shoulder seam to a tailor. I'm just not doing it.

Glory be, the raglan sleeve is an option that is gaining in popularity. The raglan sleeve has a seam that goes from the underarm straight to the neckline. The sleeve is only one piece, instead of several pieces sewn together and attached to the shell of the garment. This style makes shirts easy to move around in and very comfortable. It is the perfect way to avoid a shoulder seam.

You'll likely find many raglan sleeves in sportswear, maternity, and women's plus sizes. But I've been paying attention and am seeing raglan sleeves in smaller sizes and dressier styles. Keep it up, designers! It's a winning style for everyone. This makes me very happy.

Here are a few raglan styles from Old Navy:

Raglan Sleeve


LaNae said...

I have the same problem, I try to work on my posture so bad but then the back hurts and the shoulders move forward.

Jilliebeanie said...

Aw, LaNae, I know you share my pain. :)