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10 Sleeve Styles From NYFW Spring 2017 We’re Totally In Love With

by Simi Kuriakose

Sleeve Styles From NYFW Spring 2017
Courtesy: Vogue

All you fashion nerds need no explaining as to how sleeves can totally amp up any attire. In fact, exaggerated sleeves have been the key element for a few fashion seasons now. Be it the bell sleeves or even the oversized sleeves thanks to ‘the Vetements effect’, no one’s keeping it simple anymore as far as sleeves are concerned. TBH, I love the impact a far-from-regular sleeve can have on an ensemble. Boring sleeves are a strict no-no, and dramatic variants can totally underscore that one is fashionably adventurous. For those of you who are ready to get on board with statement sleeves, these 10 sleeve styles courtesy New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2017 are the ONLY inspiration you need right now. The rest of you who are still doubting if you can pull off an OTT sleeve, I say scroll on nonetheless… I’m sure these stylish alternatives will totally win you over. 

1. Ruched Sleeves

3.1 Phillip Lim_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
3.1 Phillip Lim


Everyone from the folks at 3.1 Phillip Lim as well as Elizabeth and James went right back to the 80s’ with the ruched sleeve. A wrap top with such sleeves and skinny jeans as well as boots, and you’re good to go! Looking for something to wear to work. Try a white ruched sleeved, high-neck blouse with a pencil skirt; it’s quite a classic-meets-sophisticated look.

2. Bell Sleeves

BY. Bonnie Young_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
BY. Bonnie Young


Looking to ace up your sleeve game big time? Well, if you haven’t hopped on to last season’s bell sleeves trend, I say you do that stat. Good thing is we’ve seen variations of the sleeve this time around. Adam Lippes kept it regular while they cinched it up at Adeam, and Thakoon tried the baby bell sleeves for a change.

3. Asymmetrical Sleeves

M Missoni_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
M Missoni


We’re back to the 90s guys, literally! At least as far as fashion is concerned. Remember the asymmetrical sleeve trend that was quite a rage back then? Everyone from Monse, Area, as well as Cushnie et Ochs showcased that this time around at NYFW, and I’ve got to see it’s back with that mod vibe.

4. Extra-long sleeves

Rag & Bone_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
Rag & Bone


Thanks to Vetements, sleeves are now oversized no matter what the label. DVF, Claudia Li, Rag & Bone, DVF, Opening Ceremony, Yeezy, you name them, had these extra long sleeves. PS: It’s a great sleeve style especially on a transitional piece, given the temperatures will be dropping soon.  

5. Detached Sleeves

Vera Wang_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
Vera Wang


Misha, Jill Stuart, Vera Wang and others, displayed garments with detached sleeves. While I like these mostly on a bardot dress, a fun ensemble to try out would be a detached sleeve top with a pinafore. Also, anyone else thinks of anime when they hear of this trend?  

6. Embellished Sleeves

Rodarte_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG


Sleeves with embellishments were huge this season. My personal favourite was the zippers on sleeves at 3.1 Phillip Lim’s show. But that wasn’t all. There were lace-up details in Concept Korea and Anna Sui, fringed ones in Coach, fur-detailing in Tommy X Gigi, cute bows on sleeves at Carolina Herrera… talk about being spoilt for choice.

7. Pleated Sleeves

Prabal Gurung_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG
Prabal Gurung


When the last few models strut down the runway for Prabal Gurung, the one eye-catching detail that every single person from the fashion fraternity couldn’t stop talking about were the pleated sleeves. I think it is quite a sophisticated option to a regular sleeve.

8. Open Split Sleeves

Akris_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG


I loved the open split sleeve on creations by Jason Wu and Akris. These make for great details on swing dresses as well as jackets and overlays.  

9. Ruffle Sleeves

Tome_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG


Let me just tell you once and for all, ONE trend that’s here to stay are ruffles. Adding just that romantic vibe to garments, ruffles are so uber-feminine. And it was seen on sleeves in the displays by Sachin & Babi, Self-Portrait, Tome, Rodarte and others. 

10. Balloon Sleeves

Hellessy_Sleeve Styles At NYFW SS 2017_MFG


Voluminous sleeve silhouettes have been doing the rounds for a while now. This season, balloon sleeves made it on the ramps again… shorter versions were noticed at Tibi and Rosie Assoulin. While it can be a tricky trend to try, here’s a note to keep it easy — Team up a balloon-sleeved top with a pair of well-fitted jeans. Just keep in mind, when you’re going dramatic on the sleeves, it’s got to be structured elsewhere.

Image Credit: Vogue

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