The Sunday News
THIS summer it’s all about statement sleeves. From bell-shaped and extra-long to balloon and cold-shoulder, attention grabbing sleeves are stealing the spotlight. So, to make sure that you’re not left in the dark I will educate you on this summer’s sleeve trends.
One of the key trends to come out of fashion weeks is the bell sleeve. Fitted on the shoulder and flaring out wide toward the wrist, the bell sleeve is the same as it always was, yet totally different. Gone are any hippy and bohemian references, instead, the new bell sleeve is modern and utterly chic. From sleek dresses to cool tops and even quirky knits, bell sleeves add a unique dose of fashion to even the simplest outfit. When shopping for bell sleeves go for flares, ones made of modern, structured materials, flares that tie at the elbow and ruffle designs are all key styles to look out for this summer. Remember to keep the rest of your look minimal. A simple silhouette in a neutral colour palette is all you need to finish the look.
Despite having a similar silhouette to bell sleeves, flounce sleeves tend to be slightly more subtle and feminine. The style is created by attaching a separate piece of circular-cut fabric to the sleeve. This creates a ruffle effect that gives flounce sleeves their flare. This summer flounce sleeves come in all sizes, there were the small and simple designs that lightly flared out toward the wrist. Then there are the dramatic types that featured large flounces attached at the elbows. To wear this trend, pair tops and shirts featuring small flounces with casual styles such as jeans and low heeled shoes.
While bell sleeves look sleek and chic, bishop sleeves appear soft and feminine. Most commonly spotted on lovely dresses, bishop sleeves complement the outfits to which they belong while remaining a stand-out feature in their own right. The style, which balloons out toward the lower arm before gathering into a cuff at the wrist, looks best in sheer fabrics such as chiffon and lace designs.
To up the game on flounce sleeves, consider trying statement making ruffle sleeves instead. These sleeves are loud, fun and attention loving. Choose between different sizes and amount of ruffles for different variation trends. Whether you choose ruffles that completely cover the sleeves or ones that start from the elbow, these sleeves are all the statement you need. Forget loud colours and pattern and opt for minimal black and white hues. Pair your ruffle sleeve shirt with simple designs such as cropped or straight leg trousers.
They may not be practical, but extra-long sleeves are totally in fashion at the moment. Appearing oversized and stretched out, extra-long sleeves have made a cool rough around the edges statement for many fashion shows. Extra-long sleeves tend to look best when paired with basic items, so wear your top with simple blue jeans or black pants. Remember such long sleeves can pull the eye down and leave you looking short, so always wear heels.
These sleeves have been trending for some time now and they are only getting more popular. The sexy style provides a daring yet delicate flash of skin at the shoulders that’s both feminine and eye catching. Perfect for sunny days spent sipping cocktails, these statement sleeves make it feel like you’re on holiday every day.
While large bell and ruffle sleeves may garner more instant attention, layered sleeves are equally as stylish if not more so. While this sleeve appears quite simple at first glance, its actually quite complex. Despite being able to use pieces that are already in your wardrobe, layered sleeves require effort to get it right. Start with your colour palette and pick either neutrals or similar colours in different shades. Likewise, fabrics should be similar.
This sleeve trend is one that’s perfect to unleash in chilly weather. Fur sleeves, while being quite unique, have the wow factor that a statement piece should have. The heavy dose of fluffy texture creates an instant focal point for the outfit that commands attention. Add in a bold colour and there is no looking away from these bold sleeves. A great alternative to plain and boring designs, fur sleeved coats will keep your fashion spirits high.
The final statement sleeve that should be added to your wardrobe right now is balloon sleeves. While extra-long sleeves are stretched out, balloon sleeves are puffed up to be short and wide. The round style is then gathered at the end, so the overall shape resembles a semi deflated balloon. The voluminous design looks great when paired with a fitted bodice and worn with cropped, straight or wide legs. — Additional information from Online sources.