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Olivia
Beginner May 2025

Validating an idea i came up with while Wedding Dress Shopping

Olivia, on March 5, 2024 at 9:30 AM Posted in Wedding Attire 0 8

Hi - this is a bit different from what's normally posted here, but wanted to know people's honest thoughts:

I recently went wedding dress shopping and had a hard time finding sleeves that I liked. Most options were either too expensive or not my style. This experience got me thinking about a wider issue...

Limited Occasion Wear Options:

Many younger women, myself included, have limited budgets for special occasion outfits. This can be frustrating, especially when attending events like weddings, birthdays, New Year's Eve, or other fancy gatherings.

What about detachable sleeves for not just bridal but all special occasion wear? These sleeves could be designed to adapt to different special occasions by offering a variety of styles (elegant, playful, etc.) as well as mix and match with various outfits. This would be an alternative to buying additional outfits.

The Question:

Do you think detachable sleeves that can be easily swapped between outfits and suit various special occasions are an appealing idea?

8 Comments

Latest activity by Andrea, on March 11, 2024 at 4:25 PM
  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
    Michael ·
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    You would have to think about color compatibility for attaching sleeves to different outfits. Also, the sleeve attachment would be an issue, especially to get a smooth connection. Another way to have clothes for different occasions would be to check out some of the second-hand stores, like Goodwill.

    But, if you can make the detachable sleeves work somehow, all the better.

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  • Olivia
    Beginner May 2025
    Olivia ·
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    Thanks Michael! Assuming color comparability and smooth transition and a price-tag that justifies not buying an entirely new outfit - do you see a market for this? I appreciate your input
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  • Michael
    Rockstar October 2023
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    It does not seem like a viable option overall. Usually you might have items in a wardrobe to mix and match so that the wardrobe is flexible without looking the same at every event. Sleeves may be too narrow of a focus for this. But if you found nice ways to make sleeves and you do this just as a hobby while testing the ideas with friends, you might find something that could work for a broader market or product line. Maybe modify dresses to have a split that reveals a different color or material instead of a leg -- just minor changes that make a new look.

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  • Ella
    Just Said Yes May 2025
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    Yes. There is a similar product on Amazon. I think it’s a great idea
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  • Michelle
    Rockstar December 2022
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    Due to the labor involved in attaching and detaching them that really only a seamstress is skilled at, it would be cheaper and easier to find a bolero jacket or fingerless gloves on Etsy. But your idea is a great one that many designers actually don’t care about putting any effort into, therefore styles with sleeves are intentionally unflattering and impossible to move in as well as exorbitantly expensive, in order to steer women away from them.
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  • S
    March 2024
    Sarah ·
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    I agree with Michelle, I wear a blazer, shawl or cardigan over sleveless.
    For occasions, I put a black blazer over business causal with black pumps.
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  • A
    Dedicated April 2024
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    I think the material to go from one piece to another would have to be shear in order to match as well as possible. I'm not a fan of sheer sleeves & in fact bought a top from a store w/shear sleeves to wear as my ugly Christmas sweater because I dislike them so much. I like the idea but I can't think of material that would match a ribbed tank that could also turn a spaghetti strap dress into a long sleeve with matching material. I think shear is the only option.

    Not only material as a concern, but how does one hold onto the sleeves should they get too warm? When I wear a sweater, it looks normal to take it off & hold it over my arm. I feel like sleeves only might look awkward.

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  • Andrea
    Rockstar January 2024
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    I think that it works for wedding dresses because they’re traditionally a limited set of colors — white, ivory, cream. With other dresses, you’d have to have such a massive range of colors that it wouldn’t be practical, or stick to offering a limited selection of colors that wouldn’t match a lot of dresses. It would be really difficult to do.
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