If you're wondering what that is, the dolman sleeve looks like this:
A bit wider in the upper sleeve area...
It was popular back in the 80s, and as with a lot of the styles at the time, was exaggerated and oversized. But the dolman is back, with less bulk and exaggeration, and just in time for me. One body part that has vexed me since I lost weight is my upper arm area - relative to the rest of me, that area is bigger than normal, and I can't seem to get it to shrink. I can't tell you how many times I've tried on a top that will fit everywhere except for my upper arm. Last year when I was trying to find a running jacket, even the XL size in certain brands would be swimming on me, except for the upper arm - there, they were super tight. So armed (haha) with this discovery, I started looking for tops with dolman sleeves, and was happy to see there is quite a nice selection in the stores. Hurray - I can wear sleeves without my arms looking like squeezed sausages!
Speaking of running jackets, while we were shopping at the Lucy store, Barbara tried on a jacket that looked hideous on her. I said so, and then said what I always say - "let me try it on and show you." Guess what? It didn't look hideous on me - in fact, it looked good! What was the difference? It had dolman sleeves, which swamped Barbara, but fit proportionally on me. Sweet! I bought it:
Lookie here - no arm squeeze!
The last thing of note that I bought was new jeans. Why was this noteworthy to me? Because I still can't get it into my head that I can buy new jeans solely due to want. I spent so many years outgrowing my jeans, and it felt like every winter I had to buy a new pair because I couldn't fit into the pair from the previous year. While I didn't particularly need new jeans, I was kind of tired of the pairs I'd been wearing for the last couple of years. So I bought them - in the same size as before. I think this is what normal-sized people do...and I like it!