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Chic New Sleeve Styles To Take You From Plain Jane To Fancy Nancy!

Sumona Bose

Fashion Writer

Look a little closer at the Indian wear scene and you’ll notice the waists are getting smaller (with belted sarees) and the sleeves are getting bigger (with detailing and additional trims). We are struggling to keep up with all the exciting new designs cropping up on our radar, each one more glamorous than the last.

Designers and stylists seem to be having a host of ideas up their sleeves, which has kept us pretty busy documenting them for you. These rad sleeve styles had got us gawking at them already, now it’s your turn to do the same. Seek out to find your own, or ask the masterji to do the needful.

Shirt ‘em Up!

Our trusted old sleek shirts have taken up the mantle to shake things up with ethnic sleeves. Deconstructed, over and undershirts are used to create a layered look, where the sleeves can be styled in all the ways you would a regular shirt. We hope you are already madly in love with silk blouses like we are!


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Ma Bell(e)!

A subtle tweak that results in such a change, the bell sleeves have been a designer favourite to add feminine details to an ensemble. With its roots originating from the Japanese kimono, the bell sleeves are making all kinds of hulla with kurtis, saree blouses and lehenga cholis. Our advice would be to start small and slowly ease into this viral trend.


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All Of The Capes

We know for a fact that you have heard whispers about these sleeve styles making the rounds in the fashion world. The reason why cape sleeves haven’t gotten the shout out it deserves is because it’s not everybody’s cup of tea. That makes it just the thing you need to stand out in the next fancy wedding you attend!


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The Fringe Is In

Originating in skirts and shawls, this trim is being used in clothing ranging from rugged suede jackets to glitzy party dresses. Whether you wish to wear an all-over fringed sleeve or stick to fringed hems, this quirky detail will work as an added accessory to all your sleek lehengas and sarees!


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Ruffled Romance

The ruffle trend definitely has some long legs. From the start of 2017, this look has been stayed popular with designers, celebrities and fashion bloggers alike. Ruffles were bound to bleed into the Indian scene as well and how. From giant layered sleeves to demure ruffles created by ribbon bands, there is so much you can do with these bundles of joy!

Tassels That Go For Miles

More and more ethnic wear trends cropping up seem to be aimed at breaking the barrier between clothing and accessories. With statement sleeves especially, we are looking at designs that will negate the need for adding additional accessories to your ensemble. Keeping it minimal yet glamorous, we hope you know how to handle your beads!


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Detailed Sheer And Lace

Comparatively more popular than the other entries on this list, the sheer and lace sleeve styles are all the rage in the fashion circles right now. Catching spark from completely sheer sleeves, this style took wheels when designers added details of embroidery and inserts to the look. All the stars are wearing it and we can see why!


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Published on Feb 23, 2018
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