Sleeve (O. Eng. slieve, or slyf, a word allied to slip, cf. Dutch sloof) is the part of a garment that covers the arm, or through which the arm passes or slips. The pattern of the sleeve is one of the characteristics of fashion in dress, varying in every country and period. Various survivals of the early forms of sleeve are still found in the different types of academic or other robes. Where the long hanging sleeve is worn it has, as still in China and Japan, been used as a pocket, whence has come the phrase to have up one's sleeve, to have something concealed ready to produce. There are many other proverbial and metaphorical expressions associated with the sleeve, such as to wear one's heart upon one's sleeve, and to laugh in one's sleeve.
Urban legend has it that buttons were added to sleeves as a deterrent to the common habit of using the sleeve to wipe the nose since the buttons would cause pain or discomfort when wiped upon.
Sleeve length varies from barely over the shoulder (cap sleeve) to floor-length. Most contemporary shirt sleeves end somewhere between the mid-upper arm and the wrist.
A long sleeve fitted from the shoulder to elbow and gently flared from elbow onward.
A long sleeve, fuller at the bottom than the top, and gathered into a cuff
Usually found on Filipiniana, the national costume for women of the Philippines and, dresses or formal blouses that start at the shoulder and get wider toward the end of the sleeve, but usually do not go longer than 4–5 inches. The difference between a butterfly sleeve and a Bell sleeve is that butterfly sleeves usually do not go completely around the full arm.
A very short sleeve covering only the shoulder, not extending below armpit level.
Cold shoulder sleeve
A long sleeve that is disconnected past the stitching on top of the shoulder, but not underneath, where the armpit is. The top of the bicep is exposed.