Before you go ahead scrolling through our expert recommendations, let me define if this article is relevant to you or not. A disclaimer, if you will. You should go ahead only if:
- You don’t like sleeveless outfits.
- Tanning is your worst enemy.
- Sweaty underarms are real.
- You like your wardrobe stylish and trendy.
This season, make your sleeves your very own personal stylist. Even if you skip out of fashionable accessories and jewellery, crib you not. Here are 10 summer-friendly sleeves that are all the statement makers you need in 2018. Not only do they check all the boxes, they’re easy, breezy and outright stylish, just like your summer is going to be.
Long (Live) Sleeves
There are manifold reasons to buy this beige printed kurta. One, the versatile colour. Two, the Deepika Padukone label. Three, it doubles as a kurta dress. Four, the A-line shape that ensures a flattering figure. And five, no more worrying about tanning because pretty long sleeves! That’s not even the best part! They’re cotton and not skin-hugging so no ‘garmi lag rahi hai’ complaints this season. Whole in one, ladies!
When wearing off-shoulder, go for tops or dresses with longer (read statement) sleeves like ruffled or flared. They’ll deviate the attention away from your arms while adding a stylish spin to your outfit. And while you’re at it, you could try more fine and floral prints. Three trends at once, that’s the kind of math we like to do.
Coffee With Kaftan
No more saying no to the beach! This gypsy kaftan cover-up is all you need to lift your vacay spirit. Wear it over your swimsuit and accessorize your look with some tassel earrings, sliders, a high-top messy bun and sunglasses for the perfect “I’m in Miami beach” vibe. The long breezy sleeves have summer written all over it.
Belle In Bells
Gathered at the shoulder and open at the cuff, bell sleeves give you the illusion of longer and slimmer arms while adding some drama to your outfit. These sleeves add controlled fullness that is flattering to most body types. Dress-up your arms and make your basics look not-so-basic with this charming embroidered tunic.
Lantern Will Guide You Home
Great for camouflaging flabby upper arms, lantern sleeve is the newest sleeve to hit the runway. It’s a full, gathered sleeve attached to a drop-shouldered outfit that could be both short as well as long. They’re best suited for slimmer upper-body types as the sleeves emphasise your shape. These mesh sleeves with pearly embellishments are as dreamy as the beautiful lilac colour. Pair it with sneakers to casual outings and with heels to date nights.
Want to make 9 to 5 truly happy hours? You don’t need beer but a new shirt for it. Ditch your regular shirt for this wrap-back stylised one. The tie-up style will give your sleeves some volume, thanks to the balloon-y effect. It’s time to turn those #MondayBlues pink.
Loose, wide sleeves that hit anywhere from short to wrist length are called kimono sleeves. This voluminous look borrows its style from traditional Japanese wardrobe. The best way it to wear it is with a cinched waistline to let the flare pop. Since they add a lot of volume on top, they’re a good way to hide heavy arms. Get your hands on this polka printed wrap top already.
Add a dash of floral fantasy to your closet this season. The printed flares on the cuff and the hemline is all the freshness we’ve ever wanted in a shrug. Wear it over your bralettes, crop tops or simple A-line dresses. We love the exaggerated silhouettes and the crochet details on it too. Have you made reservations for your next brunch yet?
A very full sleeve - usually ¾ in length or longer - that has a banded bottom is called a balloon sleeve. They’re a perfect way to add softness to a small upper-body and draw the eye away from thick arms. This mint green blouse with a flounced hem will do more than style. Muffin top issues? You’ve got a solution and it’s not the damned suffocating bodyshaper.
These days, all the statement lies in the exaggerated silhouettes of the sleeves. That’s what makes the flare on this quirky little number a star. Trade the regular blue jeans - white shirt kind of days for an upgrade.
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