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Old 01-08-2017, 09:13 PM
 
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The scarf idea is a good one. I guess I just hate being encumbered with a wrap. Its one more thing I have to carry. It's hard to dance with one on and (maybe I'm just clumsy) but it's a challenge in a bathroom too. Falls off when eating too or gets in the gravy (refer to the clumsy thing again, lol). I really rather just wear long sleeves. But I have three long sleeves dresses I've found over the years. So I'm set for Christmas parties, New Years, and funerals (black, dark green, and red). In warmer weather I wear summery or spring colors like white, pale pink, turquoise etc. Long sleeve are a lot harder to find and it seems more and more so every year.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:14 PM
 
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And to me, this new style of having bright gold or silver zippers running top to bottom on the backs of dresses is about as ugly as it gets.


Back when I wore dresses (before I retired), I made my clothes and had plenty of winter dresses with long sleeves. People don't make their clothes these days.
I agree on the zipper thing. I have one on a white dress which isn't too bad, although I rather it was white too, not gold.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:16 PM
 
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Seriously! And I do not have much upper back flexibility. Have such an awkward routine worked out. Pulling the dress up. Shifting it back down etc. There are a few dresses I never unzip.

It is a perk when there is a Mr. Jade available to help with this task.

If I can't get it zipped fairly quickly in the dressing room, it stays at the store.
I figured out a really great technique for getting zippers zipped up the back. Most of them have at least a tiny little hole on the zipper pull.

What I do is take a bunch of paper clips and string them together until its about two feet long. Then I hook the last paper clip into the zipper pull, and use my chain of paper clips to pull it all the way up to the top. Then remove the paperclip from the zipper pull. Repeat when taking the dress off.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:18 PM
 
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We used a paperclip hook on a shoelace for quick changes in college theatre.
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:20 AM
 
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why are most dresses sleeveless or short sleeves? Don't designers know that in some states in February, it's usually freakin' cold. At least it is where I live. Where are some good places to find a warm dress? JCPenney's seems to have a large selection
Agreed! My previous employer had a draconian dress code so sleeveless was not allowed. And I'm not wearing a damn wrap when it's 110 outside. ( I live in the desert )
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:54 AM
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why are most dresses sleeveless or short sleeves? Don't designers know that in some states in February, it's usually freakin' cold. At least it is where I live. Where are some good places to find a warm dress? JCPenney's seems to have a large selection
I happen to like sleeveless dresses and I own many of them. I think they are stylish now, because many women are lifting weights, sculpting their arms, and want to show them off.


I live in Ohio so, I understand that some places are cooler than others. I usually wear a cardigan or a light sweater if I am chilly.


Another moderately priced suggestion besides JCP, and of a similar quality, is Chadwick's of Boston.
Chadwicks.com. They have quite a few dresses that have 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves. And, many are on sale right now.


Another catalogue that I get that has longer sleeve dresses is Northstyle. I have never ordered from them, but it's worth looking at!


https://www.chadwicks.com/home.do
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Old 01-09-2017, 02:41 PM
 
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I figured out a really great technique for getting zippers zipped up the back. Most of them have at least a tiny little hole on the zipper pull.

What I do is take a bunch of paper clips and string them together until its about two feet long. Then I hook the last paper clip into the zipper pull, and use my chain of paper clips to pull it all the way up to the top. Then remove the paperclip from the zipper pull. Repeat when taking the dress off.

Great idea! I hesitate to buy anything with a back zipper also because I have to hope my son is around and/or awake to zip me.


I used to find a lot of long sleeved dresses online back in the day when I wore long sleeves. I think it was Chadwick's but it's been so long I don't know if they are still around. I would think LL Bean might have long sleeved dresses.
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Old 01-09-2017, 03:21 PM
 
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This is a pet peeve of mine about women's tops in general (shirts, blouses, etc), as well as dresses. It is virtually impossible to find a long-sleeved shirt that has any shape or style to it and is not just shaped like a tent, or happens to be low-cut or have a deep scoop neckline. I literally have <10 long sleeve shirts in the closet that I can wear to work.

It is unreal to see all these flimsy, sleeveless/short-sleeved clothes on the rack when temperatures are sub-freezing outside (which was the case here this past week).
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:30 AM
 
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Get a nice black blazer.
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Old 01-11-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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That's what cardigans are for. Land's End sometimes has cute/work appropriate dresses with sleeves.

My pet peeve about dresses is when they have a zipper up the back. As a perpetually single gal (and without a ladies' maid,) getting in and out of them involves Cirque du Soleil-level contortions.
I feel you on the zipper thing. I'm married, but my spouse isn't always available to help me with dresses, and I also have reduced flexibility with zippers.
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