Turnback Sleeve

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  1. johnnyblazini

    johnnyblazini Senior member

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    I was wondering if anyone had heard of a turnback sleeve on something like a wool polo shirt:

    A 5 inch long sleeve band at the wrist that is meant to turn back by half..?

    If so, can I get some history on this and perhaps some opinion..?
     
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    garmentmerchant Senior member

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    i Have heard of it. Army used to have wool vneck sweater that the sleeve was extra long to turn back never new the purpose of it.
     
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    johnnyblazini Senior member

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    Is it a good look? I cannot picture it...
     
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    lermontov Senior member

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    Yeah - the Australian Army still issued them when I was in say, seven years ago. It looked good for an army sweater - and you could fold them down to keep your hands warm. Don't think I've seen them elsewhere. It certainly finished the sweater sleeve nicely.
     
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    citoyen Senior member

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    you don´t by chance thought of this one? i took a pic of the collar as well, but it went pretty crappy so perhaps next time when in possession of a better cam. actually i am wearing such a sweater right now, thats why i took the pics. its a forrest green cashemere polo sweater with turn-back sleeves.
    it adds to the more sporty look of the collar and completes it well.

    as to the historic context, perhaps others know more.
     
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    Cary Grant Senior member

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    I usually think of turnbacks as the short sleeve with a strap and button... but I did have an old knit long sleeve polo about 20 years ago with sleeves like the sweater above.
     
  7. johnnyblazini

    johnnyblazini Senior member

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    Those pictures are very helpful... I like that look!
     
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    MrGimpy Senior member

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    John Smedley still do this on their 30-gauge sweaters. The seam runs along the outside of the long-ish cuffs, disappearing when you fold them back.

    I tend not to turn my cuffs back, though, since I have extra-gangly alien arms and the exposed seam isn't very noticeable.
     

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