Short Sleeve Jackets: What’s the point?

Shortsleevejackets

Short sleeve jackets. I love ’em. I mean, seriously, they’re adorable, aren’t they? Here’s the thing, though: they’re almost completely useless. Or they are to me, anyway. The short sleeve jackets fail to fulfill one of the most important functions of outerwear, which is to keep you warm. For this reason, they fail.

Maybe it’s just me. See, I seem to feel the cold more than most people. I am rarely without a cardi or a (long-sleeved) jacket, even on the warmest of days, just in case it gets a little chilly. I know not everyone is like this. I know this because I see people walk past Fashion Police HQ every day, wearing just jeans and t-shirts. IN FEBRUARY. But I feel the cold, and when I do, I need to cover my arms. This is why, as cute as our short-sleeved-jacket friends are, I can’t imagine a single scenario in which I would ever be able to wear them.

My thinking is this: if it’s cold enough to need a jacket, it’s too cold to go out with bare arms. Conversely, if it’s warm enough for bare arms, it’s too warm for a trench coat. You see where I’m coming from here? And of course, I guess you could wear the short sleeved jackets with long sleeves underneath, but I’m guessing that would kind of defeat the purpose, no?

Tell me: are you with me on the short-sleeved jacket issue? Or is it really just me?

Jackets, L-R: cap sleeve jacket, Topshop; Double breasted jacket, Oli; sort sleeve belted Macintosh, Warehouse

16 Comments

  • February 28, 2008

    Norma

    I too like the look of short sleeved jackets but totally agree with what you say. I have bought them in the past and they hang unworn in my wardrobe.

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  • February 28, 2008

    K-Line

    I live in Canada, where you can’t go out in just a blazer until late April. The short sleeved version is fine under a coat with give. Then, when you are at the office, it’s not too warm. When the weather starts to get nicer, you can wear the short sleeves with a slim cashmere / silk long-sleeved sweater underneath for an interesting – and weather-appropriate – style. Just my opinion. K

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  • February 28, 2008

    Rachel

    I LOVE them – very Rachel Bilson who I really want to look like.

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  • February 28, 2008

    Kasmira

    I agree with K-Line that the short sleeved-jackets are great for indoor office wear. My favorite thing about them is that they can be layered over a long-sleeved top for interest.
    These are some of my faves:
    Brown linen
    http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/08/i-waited-for-this.html
    Striped
    http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/11/orlando-day-1.html

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  • February 28, 2008

    Ella

    I own a bright red one of which I am very fond. But then again, I am one of those people that don’t feel the cold very much, so that could have a lot to do with it.

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  • February 28, 2008

    cp

    I used to be with you on this, but after I started making my own stuff I realized that they can be functional from a style standpoint. They can add that je ne sais quoi to a look or for instance, dress up or down a little black dress if need be. I feel the same way about cropped jackets as well- not that functional, but great for adding more flair.

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  • February 28, 2008

    natasha

    i’d never wear it with bare arms for exactly the reasons you stated, but i’d have absolutely no problem wearing long sleeves with it.

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  • February 28, 2008

    Nina

    I almost always feel cold, you have my heartfelt compassion. but these jackets are to die for! I think I’ll instantly buy the left one and wear it indoors pretending to be wearing a shirt đŸ™‚

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  • February 28, 2008

    Anna

    Cute, but they are not functional enough for me. I happen to be cold almost all the time, so I really need something that will actually keep me warm.

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  • February 28, 2008

    Cadi

    I have one that I wear a slim black turtleneck under, and I love it. The long under short doesn’t look half bad when it’s done properly (sleek under, structured over).

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  • February 29, 2008

    Helen

    I like to wear 3/4 sleeve jackets with elbow-length leather gloves. I don’t know what to do with the really short sleeve ones. Much like you, I find them adorable, but not very functional. I know that in theory they can be worn over long sleeves, but while I sometimes like that look on other people, it doesn’t work for me.

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  • February 29, 2008

    Kristi

    I totally agree! They’re super cute, but at the same time, kind of pointless. I usually wear them with a long sleeve shirt underneath or something.

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  • April 5, 2009

    Elizabeth

    You could just wear them as a t-shirt in the summer. It gives you that chic tailered jacket look that is supposedly only for winter in the summer. I love them!!!!!!!!

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  • April 20, 2009

    Sonya

    these are not for a purpose, they’re for look! they probably aren’t very warm on the chest either, so you wear them in the summer, or spring.

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  • April 12, 2010

    Latasha

    I use them to cover a huge scar on my shoulder & sometimes my tattoo

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  • April 18, 2010

    Karen

    I love them. I am naturally too warm all the time and my workplace is generally overheated. They’re a nice way to look professional without dying of heatstroke.

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