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Just How I Roll…

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When it comes to jacket sleeves, I’m a roller, not a pusher. Yes, they look cooler pushed up, but they never stay that way more than 30 seconds. And I hate having to fuss with my clothes.

I’ve decided this pinstripe Theory jacket works best with jeans. It’s a very nice, lightweight wool jacket, and I grabbed it last winter on very deep discount/final sale. I’m thinking about just getting the sleeves altered to bracelet length, as I’ve worn the jacket much more during warmer months.

Theory Lanai pinstripe jacket

Just love the shape of this jacket.

Jacket: Theory, no longer available. Similar here and here // Tee: Eileen Fisher // Tank: Eileen Fisher // Necklaces: French Kande and ?? (can’t remember but a few years old), similar // Watch: Michael Kors // Jeans: AG // Shoes: Arche

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Are there items of clothing you usually adjust to make them more comfortable or fit better? When it comes to sleeves, are you a roller or a pusher?

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  1. July 11, 2014 / 3:29 am

    You are so right that pushing sleeves up lasts about 30 seconds. So frustrating. The jacket looks perfect on you. Thanks for the tip about rolling the sleeves. Most of my jackets have sleeves that are much too long.

  2. July 11, 2014 / 4:40 am

    I am a roller as well! Pushing just doesn’t last. Love the Theory jacket…they make such amazing garments. I went by Dillards yesterday and they had some great Eileen Fisher pieces on sale for 65% off. I got some pants and a jacket I love and would not been able to afford otherwise. I think the sale is still on. You look great and very comfortable in your style! Almost forgot to say how much I love that necklace!!

  3. July 11, 2014 / 5:24 am

    Very smart look, Une Femme! I am a roller, not a pusher, and that sounds much more interesting than it’s meant to : > Love those Arche shoes.

    • July 13, 2014 / 4:42 pm

      Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, too!

  4. July 11, 2014 / 5:56 am

    I love three quarter length sleeves… so comfortable. Great idea to have your sleeves altered. I’m a “roller” its too hard to fuss with them all day 🙂


  5. Ginger
    July 11, 2014 / 6:16 am

    I roll blouses. I’ve gotten uppity about jackets lately. If I see rolled jacket sleeves on anything besides a jean jacket I think the wearer should see a tailor. My gripe with tailoring is that they often cut the placket off, wasting that detail.

  6. Lady of Style
    July 11, 2014 / 6:36 am

    Haha, I keep on pushing and wonder why they don’t stay up 😉 I think I should change the method!!
    I like the collarless style of your light blazer, great with jeans and probably also with white trousers in summer.
    Have a nice weekend!
    Annette | Lady of Style

  7. LauraH
    July 11, 2014 / 6:39 am

    I must have longer arms than industry ‘standard’ as my problem, particularly with jackets, is too short sleeves rather than too long. That said, any linen shirts with full length sleeves get rolled in the summer, so much cooler.

  8. KPL
    July 11, 2014 / 7:03 am

    I like the rolled sleeves on your jacket, I think shortening them would not look as cool. It would take away the “boyfriend” look, which I like with jeans.

  9. Kate Budacki
    July 11, 2014 / 7:58 am

    it isn’t a matter of how it looks for me. It is just that I can only tolerate sleeves up around my elbows. So I push, I roll, I alter, I avoid long sleeves if I can. One of my pet neuroses. BTW I do like your shoes. You might convert me to gladiator-esque sandals yet, but I bet I can outwait that impulse.

  10. July 11, 2014 / 8:15 am

    I am a roller as I have short arms many jackets and sweaters get rolled up!
    Love how you have accessorized your look today.

  11. PVSuse
    July 11, 2014 / 8:30 am

    Back in the 80’s, we used to put rubber bands around our sleeves so that the push would stay up. Easy-peasey. But today I’m more of a roller, as I like the somewhat more finished look. I’d hesitate to alter the sleeves; the resulting look wouldn’t have that casual vibe. Just MHO.

  12. Eliza
    July 11, 2014 / 10:38 am

    I’m a roller and a pusher…I like to roll the sleeves up a bit to show the lining, then push them up slightly. I do what PVSuse mentioned: pop a rubber band in each sleeve. Once in, they stay there without fuss, and will hold up your sleeves perfectly. I leave the rubber bands in after I hang my jacket up. Easy and practical:)

  13. Nicole
    July 11, 2014 / 1:31 pm

    Your roll looks very well done. Can’t say I’ve had the same luck when I’ve tried it with long-sleeve blouses. I don’t like the ‘half-dressed’ look I feel it gives me so I usually handle blouses with one cuff roll. unbuttoned. I’ve had jackets altered to fit my arm length in order to keep the look neat. You managed to do it very well. I love this whole outfit. It has a classy, casual, feminine, elegant touch all rolled (there’s that word again) into one. I am speechless over the necklaces. LOVE them.

  14. katie clooney
    July 11, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    You look great. Wish you were my stylist!

  15. Sue Nations
    July 11, 2014 / 7:23 pm

    Great outfit!

  16. Sarah Stubbs
    July 11, 2014 / 10:48 pm

    I have sometimes used a rubber band (obviously not too tight !) which you can hide in the rolls of the fabri. If you want that pushed up sleeve look. Lovely jacket and great lippie shade too – new one?

    • une femme
      July 12, 2014 / 10:27 am

      Sarah, thanks, it’s the Revlon Lip Butter in Wild Watermelon.

  17. Ellen
    July 12, 2014 / 5:10 am

    The secret to the rubber band (being of an age that I remember this from before), is that you put it at the very end of the sleeve, just before the hem, fold the hem over, one turn, covering the rubber band, and then scrunch. That keeps you from the horrifying moment when you realize you’ve been sitting here feeling all good about your look, and then realized that you have visible rubber bands around your arms.

    The secret to a good fold is to lightly press it in, and it will only look good if the sleeve or cuff you are folding over doesn’t continue to taper all the way to the bottom…if it does, you’ll have wrinkles and a less groomed look. Which you may want. All that said, I’m definitely a folder. Scrunching seems all 80″s to me…a laughable era best forgotten!

  18. Vildy
    July 12, 2014 / 5:40 am

    Absolutely a roller. (and I can do my own alterations). If I scrunch my sleeves then it creates a lot of
    volume at the upper arm level and I feel I look like a wrestler.

  19. July 13, 2014 / 4:39 pm

    Love the Arche sandals and nail polish colour!

  20. July 13, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    I’m a pusher upper, but both look equally good. Loving that pinstripe blazer and the great necklaces you chose. cherie at stylenudge.com

  21. July 14, 2014 / 4:42 am

    Echoing cat of space above, great sandals and nail colour! With sleeves I do either or, depending on the garment, more with shirts and sweaters than jackets, without worrying overmuch about it. Love these photos of you.

  22. July 14, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    I’m both – a roller and a pusher! Your blazer has a lovely cut for your figure. You look smart and easy-going. A great combo!

  23. July 14, 2014 / 12:54 pm

    A great look – clean and classic! Like Glenda, I find myself doing both, pushing up some pieces, rolling others.

  24. Deborah
    July 14, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    I am a scruncher! I think there is a bit of an art to it and I think I recall a how to somewhere, will search it out:) Love your outfit! Is that the Theory Lanai jacket?? I have been besotted with it for some time. It’s got class and edge and fits your peferctly.

    • une femme
      July 15, 2014 / 5:42 am

      Yes, it’s the Lanai. Such a great cut! They seem to offer in different fabrics and weights each season. Right now the Theory website has a few of them quite discounted.

  25. jangrahammcmillen
    July 15, 2014 / 11:54 am

    Again, the Oscar goes to you for Best Consistently Fabulous Performance in a Blazer! Love the shoes, of course!
    Later in the year, the blazer is part of my uniform, too. I used to be a “roller” who preferred a push-up, but, like you, didn’t love fussing ever 30 seconds. But I lucked out and found a pair of sort of snazzy metal and stretchy “bartender’s garters” that hide themselves very well in the folds and work like a charm. If you ever run across any, I recommend them!

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