3.1 Phillip Lim
Emilio de la Morena
Dramatic sleeves can elevate a casual look and add shape to an elegant evening ensemble.
The best way to approach this trend is to look at it as modern day alternative to the 80’s power shoulder. The extravagant silhouette is a bold statement, but with several varieties – bell, elongated, bishop, boxy, ruffle and balloon – there is a style to suit any occasion.
Roksanda is one of the leaders in embracing the billowy-sleeves with the dresses and tops selling out as soon as they hit the stores, while Ellery is another brand that season after season delivers voluminous cuts that feel fresh and wearable.
Downfalls lie in the practicality as on more than one occasion you will drag the maxi sleeves through a plate of food while reaching for the salt. But how many times have we made sacrifices in the name of fashion? After all, there is nothing more luxurious than having lots of fabric round your wrists, it adds a sense of opulence to an occasion and even works for those who prefer a more modest approach to dressing.
Adding a single touch of flamboyance to otherwise a minimal outfit strikes a chic balance and an extra bonus for us living in a hot country like Dubai, we don’t need to worry about the conundrum of fitting these ginormous sleeves into coats.
Seek inspiration from our runway edit above.