Your heart on the sleeves

Your heart on the sleeves

It is no secret that the fashion world’s attention has turned to the humble sleeve for the past few seasons now.

Sleeves seem to be the primary focus for designers as they reinvent their own version of the ‘statement-sleeve’ which is almost traffic-stopping in all its glory. Save all the drama for the sleeves because the only motto we are following is — go big or go home.

Try some of the season’s most daring sleeve trends, one at a time.

Puffy sleeves
This season’s voluminous puffy sleeves are not for the faint-hearted. They conjure up vintage images but its contemporary take is anything but retro. Wear them with a pencil skirt or slim trousers to allow them the space they deserve. For a more toned down version, opt for a bishop sleeve blouse with a pussy-bow detail which is work-appropriate too.

Bell sleeves
Get yourself a pair of sleeves that will dance with you. They are fitted at the top and gradually (or abruptly) flourish into a dramatic flare. This means hailing a cab, signing documents and even eating becomes more stylish than ever.

Fresh styling techniques include wearing it under a jacket so that the flare peeps out. Wear it with jeans and loafers for an everyday cool look.

Ruffle sleeves
Flounce is in. Ruffles scream feminine and Victorian elegance effortlessly. Choose flowy fabrics like chiffon, georgette and satin during the day and structured silhouettes in the night. The fashion pack is obsessed with multiple layers of ruffles and frills. Pair it with tailored trousers and edgy accessories.

Slit sleeves
It seems that the slit is not just restricted to the leg. The runway saw slits in denim jackets, satin blouses and sweatshirts alike. But might we suggest some arm-candy like chunky bracelets and stacked rings to accompany the trend? This feature breathes new life into your soft separates.

Shoulder shimmy
Shoulders continued to be exposed in a variety of styles like slashed shoulders, bardot sleeves and cold-shoulders.

Besides, single shoulders reigned supreme owing to the 80s comeback with some shoulder pads here and there. In Vetements, Monse and Tibi the designers opted for a single-shoulder cutout while Self Portrait and Rodarte introduced the Flashdance shoulder which was sensual at best.

Keeping all these trends in mind, the verdict is clear — there are only so many ways
we can wear a shirt, or a blouse or a top while keeping it completely modest. It’s about time we give our arms the attention they deserve for all the work they do!

(Contributed by Farah Magi)

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