Fashion Bin: sleeveless jackets

— by Alyson Walsh

Giambattista Valli. Photo:


What is it with sleeveless jackets? The trend that seems to make an unwelcome appearance every year, a bit like Norovirus. Don’t think I haven’t noticed this half-baked concept is back for spring 2013, and if I’m not mistaken, it’ll still be with us next winter. Thank you, Victoria Beckham…

Photo: Elle


I very rarely rehash old posts, but this really does need reiterating. So. Here’s something I prepared earlier:

There are some things I don’t see the point of like Top Gear,
goji berries and Cheryl Cole. They don’t inspire me or make me laugh, and a superfood, rich in vitamins and antioxidants that tastes like bits of old carpet isn’t that super, if you ask me. When it comes to pointless fashion, the sleeveless jacket is hard to beat. Layering is a wonderful thing but I’m talking luxury fine knits not
blazers-without-sleeves. That’s Not My Age has never seen a stylish person in a sleeveless jacket, ever. In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone in a sleeveless jacket since the 1980s, no matter how hard designers try to foist them upon us. And that’s because they are unnecessary and fussy and not at all easy-to-wear. I want fashion to simplify my life not constrict my armpits on a hot summer’s day. Or turn my biceps numb in winter. Whether it’s vintage Gaultier, Stella McCartney or good old M&S, the sleeveless jacket has no place in a grown-up woman’s
wardrobe. But fortunately, there’s plenty of room for it in the fashion bin:


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