I came across these two sentences which refer to the same thing.

Round neck blouse with short sleeves.
Short sleeve round neck blouse

Is the second sentence more correct than the first one? I'm thinking blouse has sleeves while tank top is without sleeves. The first sentence seems to mean it is a tank top with sleeves which makes it a blouse?

Why does the sleeve become plural when with is use?

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I would say short sleeved blouse, but apart from that the two descriptions are equivalent.

A typical blouse is cut like a shirt, with buttons and a collar, and either long or short sleeves. I have one without sleeves; I call it a blouse because it buttons down the front. A T-shirt or a tank top (vest top in British English) is not a blouse because it is made of a knitted fabric and is pulled on over the head. (I'm talking typical garments here, not a hard-and-fast rule.)

  • Hi wonder if it is applicable to three quarter sleeves? for e.g. three quarter sleeved blouse? May 28, 2021 at 3:55
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    I think that expression would be unremarkable in everyday conversation. May 28, 2021 at 7:08

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