mutton-chop sleeves


Senior Member
Hello, everybody!

This is from “The Gathering” by Anne Enright (chapter 17, in my copy it’s page 111).

“Ada did not wear a long skirt with mutton-chop sleeves, she wore a dress.”

This is a fashion of sleeves in women’s attire that was popular in about 1968. Could anyone describe it?
  • suzi br

    Senior Member
    English / England
    Hi - It is a full length sleeve which is tight from wrist to elbow and then with a more full section between the elbow and shoulder.

    I think it is named after a paper frill that butchers sometimes use to decorate the bone on a chop!


    Senior Member
    USA - English
    The more usual name for this fashion is "leg-o'-mutton sleeves" or "leg-of-mutton sleeves", which refers to the the fact that these sleeves have the shape of a leg of mutton. I suspect using the term "mutton chop" for this style of sleeve (which gets about a third of the number of hits on Google) comes from confusion between the term for this no-longer-current fashion and the term "muttonchops", which refers to a shape of men's sidewhiskers which were in fashion at the same time.
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