Before, the word “statement” used to call to mind loud prints or outsize jewelry. Now, amped up, cleverly detailed sleeves are claiming their rightful place in the spotlight. No longer simply short, long or absent, sleeves are part of the reason our outerwear is getting so oversized. How else could we accommodate all the ruffles, poufs and ostrich feathers?
Fall 2016 saw the rise of the street-sweeping sleeve trend and by Spring 2017, our erstwhile overlooked arm armor had taken on a life of its own. Balloon sleeves fit for princesses walked the runways of Gucci, Simone Rocha and Anna Sui. Seventies-inspired flares solidified their reign at Sonia Rykiel, Chanel, Ellery and Marques’Almeida. And the sleeve renaissance didn’t stop at bells and bubbles.
It’s time to look beyond the straight and narrow. Whether you’re ready to pull a full-on Madonna or think your typical tailoring could use some subtle tricks, click through the slideshow below for eight statement sleeve trends to shop now.