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Seen on all the major catwalks across London, Paris, New York and Milan for SS‘17, no single trend encapsulates the spirit of the season as well as statement sleeves. A more sophisticated move on from the ‘cold shoulder’ and grungy, longer-length sleeves of last season, this look is the perfect way to create an effortless, romantic silhouette.
It needn’t be outlandish; a flared sleeve can lend an unexpected edge to an all-black outfit, while a balloon-sleeved jacket, paired with a simple white tee and distressed denim, is essential for creating a cool and casual feel. A perfect way of transporting this ultra-feminine trend into evening wear is by opting for pieces with delicate sheer fabric sleeves that elegantly frame the arms – revealing only a subtle hint of skin – while maintaining an intriguing element to sensuality.
The trick to wearing exaggerated sleeves is to keep the rest of your outfit simple, whether dressing for work or play. Bell sleeves have lost their boho 1970’s feel, in favour of a more contemporary look. Fitted at the top and flaring out below the elbow, a bell sleeve suits every style from sharp dresses to sleek blouses and can be soft or structured. Keep the colour neutral for a modern, timeless feel.
Ruffles – often overtly flouncy and feminine – have been given a new lease of life. Starting at the shoulder or the elbow, the trend encapsulates an effortless feel and is flattering to any body shape in a much playful and refined manner, with various ways of wearing it. The key here, is to always balance out the more voluminous top half with understated pieces. A ruffle-sleeved shirt looks most sophisticated tucked into beautifully cut cigarette trousers or a classic pencil skirt.
Whether you choose bell, bishop or balloon sleeves, these styles will work perfectly with items you already own. Pair with with signature jewellery pieces – a geometric shaped necklace, fine gold hoop earrings, delicate stacked rings – with hair worn relaxed or in a messy bun, for a chic and wearable look that will never go out of style.