A three quarter sleeve dress basically refers to any ethnic or Indo-Western attire that flaunts a three quarter sleeve. A style that was very popular in the earlier times, it went out of fashion a few decades ago. However, since 2010s this style has made a comeback in a big way. Three quarter sleeves end halfway between the elbow and the wrist. As the name suggests, they cover three fourth of the arm.
Dresses with three quarter sleeves come in a lot of varieties and women show a preference for these different varieties based on occasion, fabric, body type and personal style. For instance, three quarter sleeve blouses are currently trending. With a number of Bollywood celebrities wearing brocade blouses in this style with designer traditional sarees, it has become very popular in the local markets too. This fabric type has especially come into heavy use in three quarter sleeve wedding dresses. Whether it is a lehenga choli, a saree or an anarkali suit, these styles of dresses are extremely popular in wedding parties. At times, brides also prefer wearing a three quarter sleeve wedding dress in the form of a lehenga choli or a saree (with the blouse). These ensembles are reminiscent of the glory and glamour of kingdoms in ancient India and are picked out by brides for their regality and splendor.
While the trend in saree blouses began with brocades, cotton silk and velvet blouses in darker colors are also becoming increasingly popular with women, especially to pair with party-wear dresses. Party-wear anarkali suits with the three quarter sleeve are also popular.
The three quarter sleeve tunic is another popular item in current day fashion. This sleeve length is popular during the summer months in cotton tunics, while the winter season sees women dressed in three quarter sleeve cotton wool tunics. They are available in several designs and prints along the body of the tunic. Tie and dye, sequin work, animal print, Kashida embroidery, paisley print, pin-tuck style, dori tie are only a few of the many styles women prefer donning these days.
This sleeve length gets more popular during winter months. While these garments can be worn throughout the winter season, women prefer to flaunt this sleeve style in autumn and early spring by accessorizing the hands and wrists.
Three quarter sleeve dresses are also preferred by women with heavier upper arms. Whether the sleeve is made of sheer, jacquard, silk, cotton or blends, the dress’ three quarter sleeve is bound to make the upper arm look slimmer.
Stylists and designers have also used this sleeve length to create a number of different styles in the women’s outerwear category. For instance, three quarter sleeve overcoats, tweed jackets and formal jackets are much loved winter garments.
Styling Tips for Three Quarter Sleeves Dresses
Accessories for the wrist and hand are the ideal ways to enhance the look of a three quarter sleeve garment. A hand bracelet (also known as the haath kamal) or an elegant charm bracelet can do the trick.
Depending upon the embellishments of the top, one can opt for elegant hand jewelry in gold, silver, crystals or other gemstones. For instance, the three quarter sleeve of a party wear anarkali suit is generally constructed using sheer or net in the base color. However, the cuffs of these sleeves are embellished with appliqué work, patch work or stone and sequin work. In such an instance, one can go for a delicate gold bracelet or colorful bangles. One the other hand, a bridal three quarter sleeve wedding dress needs to be worn with heavy kundan work gold bangles or Polki bangles for the wrists as well as the traditional red and white wedding bangles known as churas.
An indo-western top can be worn with chunky jewelry or leather cuffs for the wrist. One can pull off the bohemian vibe in this sleeve length by pairing the tops with tribal jewelry or multiple strings of beaded jewelry.
One can also go for bare minimalism by sporting a designer watch or a statement finger ring with the whole outfit. This look should ideally be achieved through three quarter sleeved indo-western tops, blazers or cardigans, as ethnic dresses are a lot more festive in nature. Women who prefer understated elegance in their party-wear look can also go for this style of accessorizing.
Three quarter sleeve blouses can be worn in the t-shirt saree style or the saree pants style. In both these ensembles, one can use well-fitting three quarter sleeves tops instead of saree blouses. For first-timers, plain black tops in this cut will be the ideal way to go as black matches with most hues and designs.