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16 October 2017

Everyone’s talking about…Statement Sleeves

We’ve got a little trick up our sleeve for AW17 dressing...

 

WORDS BY AMELIA BELL

 

This season a new wave of authoritative sleeves - XXL shoulders, elaborate ruffles and reinvented classics - comes to play. You can transform even the most workaday outfits using this new breed and their attention-grabbing shapes that deliver big impact with minimal effort.

The Puffball Sleeve

The simple addition of overtly oversized shoulders gives the classic black shirt an instant reboot, and Saint Laurent’s leather puff-sleeve design ticks all the right boxes. No colour necessary either; just slip on one of the label’s biker skirts for added drama.

The Draped Sleeve

This boldly hued blouse perfectly embodies Rejina Pyo’s artful style, and despite its technicalities, it’s a super-easy throw-on piece  – perfect for Monday mornings. A statement blouse like this needs little styling; simply pair it with leather cigarette trousers and some boots. Nothing more needed...just try not to get caught in the door on your commute to work!

The Asymmetric Sleeve

Portuguese duo Marques’Almeida’s aesthetic centres upon unfinished designs juxtaposed against bold silhouettes. This asymmetric top – sheer and see-through with contrasting sleeves – is a stand-alone success that’s easy to style. Patent loafers and a Simone Rocha bag are the only accessories you need for a quick wardrobe fix.

The Bell Sleeve

Originally restricted for members of the clergy, the bell sleeve has been known to reinvent itself many a time in the name of fashion, and this season New York-based designer Caroline Constas declares oversized, voluptuous bell sleeves a sartorial win. For effortless styling, flirt with clashing countryside checks and heritage flair via a camel cape and washed jeans.

The Eighties Sleeve

Effortless and elegant, this monochrome Jacquemus blazer requires little more than a mini skirt and box clutch for a chic finish. Its XXL proportions reflect a distinct Eighties mood, so get on board with the ultimate high-glamour era and channel Joan Collins in Dynasty with your silhouettes - just like her you’ll steal the show.

The Ruffle Sleeve

Boring work shirts be gone. Off-White takes this classic piece and adds momentous ruffles, candy stripes and red piping. The result? An ultra-feminine yet wearable office staple. Make this sweet, frilled shirt your new statement piece; some simple black jeans and Chelsea boots will ensure focus is not detracted.