Would it be silly to rock one of these arm bands? - http://www.riverjunction.com/thumbnail.asp?file=assets/images/produ...

And if they are cool, where would you get one? What are they called?

Views: 20389

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

My 1958 etiquette book says they're inappropriate - take your shirts to a tailor if the sleeves are too long (the purpose of armbands). An armband on a suit or sports jacket or overcoat has meaning - usually personal (death in the family) or political. Avoid those unless you want to make the corresponding statement.

The girly-men in high school wore things like that to "prom" - garters matching their gfs' dresses. Again, not recommended.

So, yes, silly, IMO.
Thanks for the help!
They are called sleeve garters. In the 19th century, a man's dress shirt was more-or-less considered underwear. The only parts of a shirt that a true gentleman would expose in public were the collar, cuffs, and the bib above the vest. Because of its underwear role, little consideration was paid to a good fit. Ready-to-wear shirts were sized for the neck only; the rest of the shirt was made big enough for the biggest man. They had long tails to protect the skin from the pants and vice-versa (no other underwear was worn). They had waists that were as wide as the shoulders and arms that were too long for most. Sleeve garters were invented to keep the arms of the dress shirt restrained while working with jacket off. They were strictly utilitarian, and they were never fashionable, because upper-class gentlemen never needed them -- his coat or jacket was always on, and his shirt might be custom fit. Sleeve garters were a middle-class thing for men whose occupation had light enough work that they could wear a (non-custom) dress shirt instead of a worker's shirt, but still enough manual labour that they had to take their coats off.
Sleeve garters were a middle-class thing for men whose occupation had light enough work that they could wear a (non-custom) dress shirt instead of a worker's shirt, but still enough manual labour that they had to take their coats off.
===========================================

Is this why these things make me think of bartenders and bank tellers in old West movies?

The rich were able to have their shirts custom-made by professional shirtmakers. Those who weren't so well-off bought shirts that were only measured in neck-circumfrence. Everything else (sleeve-lengths included) were extra large to fit as many people as possible. So if all you could afford were the cheap shirts, then yes, you needed sleeve-garters.

Yeah they look dumb.

do not.

They only look 'dumb' if you don't know how to pull them off. Making something look good is a matter of having the balls to wear it with confidence and style.

well said.

+1

Hi,

As Dean says, they're called sleeve-garters. They were common from the 1800s until the early 1900s and were used to adjust the length of your shirt-sleeves in the days when ready-made shirts had sleeves a mile long. These days nobody really wears them (there's no need), but they're an interesting historical curiosity. I've got a couple of pairs of them which I inherited from my grandmother (grandmother was a tailor for nearly fifty years) and I use them occasionally, but more to keep my sleeves out of the way of things when I'm doing hard work (cleaning dishes, sweeping fireplace, yardwork, etc), rather than to keep my sleeves at the right length.

And honestly...if you wear them for any great length of time, they do start to pinch on the arms a bit.
Arm garters. Wear 'em only if you're going to rock a full frock coat and brocade waistcoat. Or a handlebar mustache, center part in your hair and a bar keep's apron. They're right there with the overcuffs that clerks used to wear to keep ink off their shirt cuffs and shirtsleeves.
Seriously, in looking at historical photographs, you don't see arm garters too often.

RSS

Latest Activity

Ovid replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
"Well for one, the "LGBT community" isn't synonymous with homosexual people. Most homosexual people in the world don't identify with LGBT identity politics any more than most Caucasian people do with "white…"
4 minutes ago
Portnoy replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
"Sure it does. Look at the Senate. We have Republicans, Tea Partiests and the Asshole. Just because Ted Cruz is the asshole, and is techinically a Rep and was swept in with the Tea Party wave, we mostly just refer to him as the asshole. It is his…"
7 minutes ago
Portnoy replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
"You type too much. Is your position that it is not any easier for the LGBT community now than it was in the past?"
9 minutes ago
Pale Horse replied to Braeden 2.0's discussion Attractions to other Cultures and Revulsion towards other Cultures
"Sure they aren't. But it clashes with the whole WORLD POWER BY 2020 narrative when they won't even take the poo to the loo. Also consider the following stereotype that holds up pretty well."
11 minutes ago
Shane replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
"They were originally targeted at pedophiles. They're kept for other reasons."
13 minutes ago
Ovid replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
"Gaybashing (going out to kick the shit out of gays just for the fun of it) was so common in the 80s and 90s that comedians used to joke about it on TV.Well that's pretty vague and doesn't include any measurable way of verifying just how…"
18 minutes ago
Lumberjoe replied to Pale Horse's discussion Our Current Western Zeitgeist in the group The Great Debate
""And even in the most liberal city in Sweden, the residents of a poor impoverished ghetto are still going to beat up gays just because they can, regardless of whether some "pride hashtag" is trending on Twitter or not." People…"
21 minutes ago
J. D. replied to Pale Horse's discussion Americans, do you regret your vote? in the group The Great Debate
"I voted for Trump, and while I don't exactly worship the ground he walks on, I don't regret my vote one bit.  I love how he takes the media to task, has rolled back a lot of regulations,, and got a conservative guy on the supreme…"
22 minutes ago

© 2017   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service