Cooling temperatures may mean less skin exposure (and letting those off-shoulder pieces take a well-deserved break) as attention extends to the arms this season with designer takes on sleeved designs of epic proportions. From billowing, bell-bottom inspired ruffles to exaggerated extra-long sheathings, the variations offer alternative styling ideas that make getting dressed all the more thought provoking. This winter, keep things interesting with a bevy of options for a uniquely personal contemporary look. Elongated sleeves that envelop the hands can be gathered at the elbow or let loose for a slouchy look. Tuck an edge into a pair of boyfriend jeans for a nonchalant, casual cool vibe. Take care to ensure that the sleeves are the only oversized element of the look. Good tailoring is also critical (the shoulders must fit well to prevent looking like a toddler who raided mom’s closet). Let the excess fabric peek out from a blazer for an edgy, new take on business casual.
Other eye-catching sleeve creations spotted around town have been ruffles and tie-up sleeves. Subtle and delicate or big and bold, these designs can lend a feminine vibe. Standout from the crowd in cinched balloon sleeves, ribbon adornments, or wavy ruffled edges. Just remember to balance a bolder scheme with neutral hues to prevent overwhelming the look. Full of personality, today’s unconventional creations raise the bar on statement tops.
Voluminous sleeves paired with a pencil skirt, fitted high-rise jeans, or tailored cigarette pants is also whittles the waistline by creation the illusion of a smaller midriff. Due to the generous amount of fabric, care should be taken when considering ruffles, extra-long pieces, or exaggerated tie-up designs. To avoid looking too cloying, opt for a structured or exaggerated flounce and work with a pair of tailored trousers.
The sleeve trend allows ample room for interpretation and adds personality to any simple outfit. From denim to tailored skirts ruffles, gathered sleeves, and flowy tied sleeves add fun and flair. Sleeves are here; turned down or amped up, the choice is yours.