Wednesday, December 1, 2010

3/4 length sleeves but 100% style

by frédérik sisa

I wonder if my fondness for capris stems out of a fondness for quirky clothing dimensions. And I wonder if this fondness for quirky clothing dimensions translated to my yen for a ¾-sleeve shirt. Yeah, that’s it. Maybe I just like those funny in-between dimensions whether it’s for pants or shirts. Ha!

Whatever it is, I had it in mind some time ago to find a ¾ sleeve raglan. It started with a raglan shirt I had made with a log of my own design through Café Press. It was part of my small effort a few years ago to persuade people to choose love instead of supporting California’s hateful Proposition 8. However with Proposition 8 having passed and gone into the realm of litigation, my shirt wasn’t quite relevant anymore. But I really liked the idea of ¾ length sleeves, so I recently set out to find a shirt that was comfortable and relaxed but not so casual I couldn’t wear it to the office.

Then it hit me: buttons. Yeah, buttons. Just the right kind of detail to make a raglan look less t-shirtish and more like a polo shirt, only stylish. At first, I thought I’d have to get a neat raglan somewhere and then figure out a way to add buttons, which obviously wasn’t very sensible thinking on my part. Thankfully, after rummaging through the interweb, I found these unisex ¾ sleeve Raglan Henleys from Alternative Apparel. They’re made with AltApp’s Eco-Heather, a “uniquely imperfect blend of organic cotton, recycled polyester, and naturally occurrind rayon,” with a nice variety of colour options including black, grey, grey/black, grey/green, grey/blue, and grey/red.

For myself, I chose a black and grey/black. I wasn’t in the mood to take self-portraits, so instead I"m offering you better-looking models from the AltApp website:

I fully intend to explore Alternative Apparel in greater depth, but for now I’m happy with what I’m seeing on the website. The company states a commitment to social responsibility – think fair labour and environmentally-friendly. And how do the shirts fit? Like a glove. They’re soft, comfortable…I couldn’t be happier. The ¾ sleeves offer a nice variation on the everyday shirt, the buttons add flair, and overall it takes the dull t-shirt and jeans look and styles it up. And the fact that they’re available for both men and women is a big, big plus in my book.

As a side note, I should mention that I didn’t discover the shirts through AltApp’s website. I came across them at, which priced them at roughly $14, delivered them overnight (well, it would have been overnight if I hadn’t redirected the shipment, but still: overnight delivery at a reasonable cost), and offered excellent service all around.

Note: images are borrowed from Alternative Apparel’s website for illustration purposes only. If the copyright holder objects to their use, I will take the images down.

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