An absorbent article having both outwardly extending and
upwardly extending side cuffs is disclosed. The article
has a perimeter defined at least in part by a pair of
oppositely disposed ends and oppositely disposed sides
that extend substantially between the ends. A pair of
side flanges extends from a proximal portion adjacent an
absorbent structure to a distal portion proximate one of
the article sides. Each side flange has a base element,
an outer zone disposed adjacent the perimeter and an
inner zone disposed between the outer zone and the
absorbent structure. There is an elastically extensible
element having a width sufficient to span at least the
inner zone and a portion of the outer zone, a thickness,
and a length. Each elastically extensible element is
laminated to the cover material to form a cuff laminate.
Each cuff laminate is attached to the base element of
the side flange in the outer zone, but each is
unattached to the base layer in the inner zone.
Finally, the cover is attached to the absorbent
structure, at least in a central region of the article.
Thus, at least a portion of each cuff laminate is
deflected away from the base element of each side flange
proximate the inner zone when the elastically extensible
element is in a relaxed state.