Just when you thought a sleeve was just a sleeve, 2017 enters and brings with it one of it’s hottest trends, the statement sleeve. With so many trends to follow each season (and this one being no different), our trend watch 2017 – Statement Sleeves is on!
How can such small details have such huge impact? And who knew a sleeve could provide such allure? Whether cut out, billowy, fluttery, exaggerated, or ballooned each of these sleeves creates it’s own individual vibe and all have rules for styling them. So let’s get down to it! What are the major sleeve trends this season?
The Cold Shoulder
Offers a bit of bare skin at the top of the shoulder. It is perfect for anyone a bit self conscious about their arms, yet may still want to add a little sex appeal to their look. This top is so versatile and can be worn with jeans, skirts, and trousers. Top below by Joseph Ribkoff, in black and available in sizes 2 through 20 and features gorgeous diamond trim. $190.
Below is another cold shoulder top which is available in navy or black and comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 1X. $95.
Off The Shoulder
The Off The Shoulder Top has become one of the most popular looks this season. Open any magazine or catalog and you’re sure to find a beautiful array off the shoulder tops to pair with a long maxi skirt, a midi skirt, jeans, skinny leg pants, wide leg pants or even shorts! Depending on the fabric and print this shoulder bearing beauty is pretty versatile. Shown below is a stunning off the shoulder top (shown here worn on the shoulder but neckline has elastic for versatility) by Alberto Makali and features a feminine ruffle at the end of a lovely bell sleeve. Top is available in yellow or hot pink and comes in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL. $165.
Fitted at the shoulder and flaring out at elbow down to wrist, this top has enough pizazz on it’s own so keep the rest of your look simple with a straight pencil skirt or skinny cropped or full length pant. We love this gorgeous black and white floral embroidered fabric bell sleeve top from Alberto Makali. Top is available in S, M, L or XL at $175.
Open Detail Sleeves
Pretty open detail sleeves like the one shown here add wonderful detail to any outfit, and the slight peek-a-boo of the slits offer classy peeks of bare skin. This lovely twinset with open detail sleeves is adorned with rhinestones and sleeveless tank underneath features a feminine scoop neckline. Available in sizes 2 to 20, $265.
Shown below is Joseph Ribkoff’s black jersey capelet top with open sleeve detail. Back detail has criss-cross pattern at base of neck which adds a feminine touch. Top available in sizes 2 to 20, $175.
The flounced sleeve is much like the bell sleeve but more billowy. This silver and charcoal print top features beautiful metallic accents and the sleeves are a bit flouncy and so feminine! Comes in one size fits most, $160.
No matter what your style, there is a sleeve (or sleeves) meant just for you! Feeling sexy? Go cold shoulder or off the shoulder. Feeling feminine? Go with a flounce. A little more classic? The smaller bell sleeve is the perfect blend of girly and grown-up! And as always when it comes to fashion, have FUN!
xo Your Helen Ainson Style Team