What is That Sleeve Called – Types of Sleeves for Saree Blouses

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What is That Sleeve Called – Types of Sleeves for Saree Blouses

Hi everyone, this is March and it is a very special month for me. It’s my birthday month! I am the happiest during this month of the year. Today’s post is not a regular blog post girls! Today I will impart a bit of knowledge and guidance on one vital element of the saree blouse which is the sleeves. You will find out what that sleeve is called and the different types of sleeves for saree blouses. We know that there are numerous types of sleeves for saree blouses but most don’t even know what each sleeve design is referred to as. Worry not my girls, I will give you the basic idea of some of the most used or suitable sleeves for saree blouses.
Continue reading to know everything about the types of sleeves for saree blouses.
There are two elements of a blouse which are visually visible and either makes or breaks the entire look of the blouse, i.e. 1) the neck pattern of the blouse and 2) sleeves. Today we will discuss the latter.
You have to choose the sleeve of the blouse based on your body type and the intended desired look. Let’s learn all about sleeves for saree blouses without further ado. We will begin with the minimal and go to the maximum (reference to coverage)
Different types of sleeves for saree blouses
6 different saree blouse sleeves

Types of Sleeves for Saree Blouses:

No # 1 Tube Saree Blouse

The funny thing about tube style saree blouses is that they don’t have any sleeves either in strap form or regular sleeves. Yet I find it imperative to share with my readers about this “no sleeve” sleeve as the tube top is very popular nowadays with sarees. The tube blouses are strapless and have no sleeves. There are various types of tube saree blouses. There is the regular tube blouse (see image below) then there are tube tops which fall in the category of corsets or what is also called bustier, these usually have boning underneath to give support.


pinterest pin of tube blouse for saree
3 different tube top saree blouse designs
tube style saree blouse
Komal Panday in tube saree blouse

Who can wear the tube top saree blouse?

Of course you can wear it if you have killer shoulders and collar bones. To be fair Tube top blouses are most suitable for women who have shapely shoulders and lean arms. So if you are a bit on the heavier side it is best to avoid tube style blouses as it will only unnecessarily highlight the unappealing part of your body when you can easily use the blouse to accentuate your assets instead of focusing on the bits which are unflattering.

image of plush pink saree with corset tube blouse
Blush pink pastel saree with corset blouse
pinterest image of black corset blouse
Kangana in gold saree and black corset blouse
pinterest on off shoulder sari blouse

No # 2 Off-the-shoulder Sleeves for Saree Blouses:

Off-the-shoulder sleeves are one of my favourites, not only for saree blouses but also in other tops and shirts that I wear with skirts or jeans. There is a certain feminine charm about off the shoulder sleeves that is quite sweet. Usually this style is just an extension of the tube saree blouse style.

Who can wear the off the shoulder sleeves saree blouse?

Unlike the tube top style blouse, the off the shoulder sleeves can be worn by most body types. This style look best on women with slightly rounded shoulders which add to the charm.

No # 3 Strappy Saree Blouse

I suppose the strappy shoulders can be put in the category of sleeves too. Under this category of sleeves various types of strap shoulders fall such as, amongst others:
  1. the spaghetti strap where the strap is literally like spaghetti,
  2. then there is the flat wide shoulder straps, these can be anywhere from a quarter of an inch in width to two inches.
  3. the halter neckline where the two shoulder straps are secured at the nape of the neck giving lift to the bosoms and creating a very nice silhouette.

Who can wear the strappy blouse?

If you have really narrow shoulders then straps will make them appear even narrower. These are best suited for slim women with slightly broad shoulder. However, broad does not mean chubby. Again, as these straps completely leave the arms exposed, it is best to be avoided by women with fat upper arms.
Note that the flat half inch to 1 inch width straps on blouses give a very sophisticated look.
types of sleeves for saree blouse. image of 3 women wearing strappy saree blouses including 1 halter neck
Types of Sleeves for Saree blouse: From left: Halter neck blouse, stone strap blouse and spghetti strap saree blouse
woman wearing red saree paired with 1 inch flat strap blouse
Beautiful red saree with flat strap shoulders and sweetheart neckline blouse

No # 4 Sleeveless Saree Blouse

Amongst all the different types of sleeves for saree blouse, the basic sleeveless blouse is hands down the most popular throughout many generations.
Sleeveless blouses are amazing and can be worn to achieve different looks from sophisticated to studious to artistic to downright sexy. It all depends on how the sleeveless is designed and paired with the saree and accessorized.
Tip: To achieve the artsy and bookish look, you should just wear a basic black or white sleeveless which ends right where the shoulder ends and the arms begin. Not revealing shoulders. Pair this blouse with a cotton classic saree, walaa you get the artsy and bookish look.
The best thing about sleeveless blouses is that they look divine on both plus size and skinny bodies alike.
2 women wearing similar green saree and same design blouse
image of woman in powder pink traditional saree and silk sleeveless blouse wearing sunglasses

No # 5 Cap Sleeve Blouse

Cap sleeves are also referred to as the magi sleeves. These sleeves are usually an extension of the shoulders, that is, instead of attaching the sleeves from the shoulder, the shoulders elongate to create short sleeves. However, there are cap sleeves which are sewn on the shoulders as well.
Capped sleeved blouses were very popular during the 1970’s and 80’s in South East Asian Saree fashion.

Who can wear cap sleeve blouses?

Cap sleeve blouses are most suitable for women with rounded arms and shoulders. This type of sleeve for saree blouse look best when worn with cotton sarees.
types of sleeves for saree blouse: woman in capped sleeve blouse with red saree
Gorgeous translucent capped sleeve saree blouse
types of sleeves for saree blouses: capped sleeve
Anushka Sharma rocking her black velvet capped sleeve blouse with cream saree

No # 6 Short Sleeve Blouse

Short sleeves comprise of anything between 3 inches of length to 7 inches. This sleeve type is the most worn length of sari blouse sleeves out there. Most working women, house wives, aunties, grandmothers and mothers tend to wear this length of sleeve on a regular basis.  Most ready-made blouses also come in this length. When in doubt, women tend to opt for short sleeve blouses as you can’t go wrong with it.
Short sleeve blouses are suitable for anyone who wears saree.
Actress Kareena Kapoor in simple black short sleeve cotton blouse and black chanderi silk saree.
Kareena Kapoor in simple black short sleeve cotton blouse and black chanderi silk saree.

No # 7 Three Quarter Sleeve Saree Blouse

Sleeves which reach the elbow to midway down the forearm comprise of three quarter sleeves. There are many benefits of wearing sari blouses with 1/3 length sleeves.Best thing about this type of sleeve for saree blouse is that it can be paired with all types of sarees. If you want to look particularly traditional pair this sleeve with a katan or any traditional saree.

Who can wear the three quarter sleeve?

Surprisingly, this length of sleeves come in handy for both bulky women and very skinny women. Women on the heavier side of the weighing scale tend to have thick upper arms and wearing three quarter sleeves aptly covers the flab on the upper arms. On the other hand ladies who are too skinny and yes there is such a thing called too skinny, both extremes need to be addressed, can also wear this sleeve to cover their bony arms.
The trick here is that in the case of overweight ladies, stitch the sleeves tight like a glove. This way it hugs the arms and gives a nice, smooth and shapely finish and if the fabric is transparent, thin or see-through, not to give lining on the sleeves. Yes even lining can add weight to the overall look.
On the other hand, for women who are very skeletal they should wear three quarter sleeves with cotton lining to give a wholesome look to the arms.
3 women wearing three quarter type sleeve blouse
three women wearing three quarter sleeve blouse with saree

No # 8 Full Sleeve Saree Blouse

These saree blouses have sleeves that reach up to the end of the wrist where the hands begin.

Full sleeve blouses are worn mostly by working ladies to give a professional appearance. Many women wear full sleeves to maintain modesty when wearing the saree and many wear it for religious purposes. Full sleeve blouses are also worn to create a balance when the neckline is very deep and revealing or the blouse is backless.

Who can wear full sleeve saree blouse?

Just like three quarter sleeves that I have discussed above, overweight women can wear full sleeve blouses to create a slimmer silhouette. Skinny women can wear them to give an illusion of fuller arm by using lining fabric to their sleeves.

  • Full sleeves made of fabric which are transparent or see-through look very beautiful without lining on the sleeves.
what is that sleeve called? It's called full sleeve. image of 4 women in full sleeve blouses
4 women rocking full sleeve saree blouse

No # 9 Ruffle Sleeves or Circular Flounce Sleeves on Saree Blouse

The ruffle or circular flounce sleeves are the rare breed and are generally only worn when the retro Bengali look is sought. These ruffles or flounces are usually made with three quarter sleeve blouses and worn with traditional sarees such as katan or Bangladeshi Jamdani saree or cotton saree.
image of woman in red and black saree with flounce sleeve blouse
Red and black traditional saree paired with three quarter flounce sleeve

No # 10 Butterfly Sleeves

If you want to give your look a modern and feminine twist then wear the butterfly sleeve a.k.a bat-wing sleeve. Butterfly sleeves are very feminine and gives the saree a very fresh look. Although butterfly sleeves are generally associated with western tops and dresses, they look fantastic on saree blouses too. These sarie blouses look best paired with trendy chiffon sarees.
Suits women with thin arms best but can be worn by healthy women too.
image of 4 styles of bat wing or butterfly sleeves
4 different types of butterfly sleeves paired with sarees
types of sleeves for saree blouse: butterfly sleeves
4 different butterfly sleeve styles that can be worn with saree

No # 11 Puff Sleeve or Goti Sleeve

The puff sleeve a.k.a the goti sleeve are very popular in both the Bengali as well as South Indian communities. Puff sleeve blouses look gorgeous with traditional sarees like kanjivaram, katan, benarasi, silks and cottons.

Who can wear the puffed sleeve blouse?

As the puff sleeves makes the wearer’s upper arms look visually puffy it is best to be avoided by overweight women unless she absolutely has to wear it for any particular reason. It best suits women who are of medium weight  with the right amount of roundness to the arms. 

Young girls starting from toddlers to teenagers should definitely wear puffed sleeve blouses when in the rare occasion they do wear saree for any cultural occasion. Girls look absolutely adorable in puff sleeve blouses. 

types of sleeves for saree blouses :5 images of puffed sleeve blouse
Different types of puffed sleeve blouses
I hope I was able to help my girls out and if I have missed any particular sleeve that you want my thoughts on please leave a message.

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Hi, this is Karishma. I am a saree addict and run this blog exclusively on saree blouse designs where I give valuable tips and tricks on looking trendy in sarees. I have been blogging on different platforms since 2009 and since 2014 in my own blog here.
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