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Wes Bourne

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I have a pair of those Thurston armbands. While I think they look sharp, nobody knows I'm wearing them unless I remove my jacket to dance with my gf. Even then, most don't notice. I only wear them with otr dress shirts with sleeves longer than my usual 33 length.
 

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I believe the purpose of those was generally to keep a sleeve at the correct length, which is why when you see them in old pictures the sleeve is generally a little puffed up above it.
 

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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne
I have a pair of those Thurston armbands. While I think they look sharp, nobody knows I'm wearing them unless I remove my jacket to dance with my gf. Even then, most don't notice. I only wear them with otr dress shirts with sleeves longer than my usual 33 length.

most dont notice? really? when i remove my jacket they seem to become the center of every conversation. its actually pretty annoying always having to explain their purpose. seems like im constantly giving a history lesson.
 

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Originally Posted by Hadrian
most dont notice? really? when i remove my jacket they seem to become the center of every conversation. its actually pretty annoying always having to explain their purpose. seems like im constantly giving a history lesson.

Mind you, I only do wear them with my few shirts that need adjustment to sleeve length. Last time was at my office Christmas party a few weeks ago. Dimly lit ballroom + shitfaced colleagues + packed dancefloor = no attention given to armbands.
 

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I have a pair of these that I used with shirts that were a little bit too long. They worked fine and I don't think looked too conspicuous, but in the end, I got fed up with the need for them and just got all the shirts shortened. It's a better solution.
 

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My feeling is that if you have these, you might as well wrap them tight several times around your jumblies until they fall off a few days later.


- B
 

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Originally Posted by voxsartoria
My feeling is that if you have these, you might as well wrap them tight several times around your jumblies until they fall off a few days later.


- B


Hey man, whatever you had to do to squeeze into those tight bike shorts of yours does not apply to the rest of us!
 

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how do you have shirts that are too long?
 

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Not shirts, just the sleeves on some shirts. For example, certain makers only offer 1 sleeve length for, say, a 15.5 neck. I'll buy my exact neck/sleeve length whenever possible, but I have purchased shirts that had sleeves that were a bit long because I liked everything else about the shirt (collar style, fabric, cut).
 

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To add, quite a few shirt makers only do regular and long lengths, similar to tailored clothing. So if your ready-made shirt is just a tad long, these provide a novel solution.

Also, I like to use them to slide my sleeves up a bit when I'm working. It keeps my cuffs and links out from under my wrists at the computer, out of the way of paper work, file folders, etc. I keep a set on my desk for such things.

Plus, I think it's neat to have the accessory.
 

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I have them for some old Hathaway FC shirts that are too long in the arm. I never remove my jackets anyway.
 

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I've got a set for a few shirts that are just a shade too long, but not long enough to bother having them tailored. They're useful enough, but I would never wear them without a jacket.
 

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sorry, its hard for me to understand why anybody would want to wear a shirt with sleeves that are too long, no matter how nice the rest of the shirt is. wouldn't one of the fundemental issues with a shirt be fit?


anyway, sorry to highjack the thread.
 

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One of my old school teachers used to wear these armbands. He was otherwise impeccably dressed in bespoke. Always struck me as odd: as others have said, why not get shirts in the correct sleeve length?

Leon
 

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