Statement sleeves are quite literally the biggest thing this summer and judging by the love they’re getting, they aren’t going anywhere any time soon.
We first saw them on the SS17 cat walk last September when Oksanda Ilincic introduced us to big and beautiful bell sleeves, J.W Anderson did a slouch statement sleeve whilst balloon sleeves were showcased at Gucci. These statement sleeves – sometimes called trumpet, tulip or bell sleeves, as well as flute or fluted sleeves- have now made their way on to the high street and can be found everywhere from Zara and River Island to Topshop.
You may take one look at them and be whisked back to the seventies, but fluted sleeves add flair and glamour to the simplest of tops and dresses, transforming them from an everyday look to something quite stylish and sensational.
Not to mention there are lots of ways wearing a fluted sleeve can improve your everyday life. Waving to a friend is now a huge photo op, dancing and twirling your arms in the air by yourself is suddenly much more entertaining and even just walking around includes a triumphant flourish! It can’t be helped, the fluted sleeve instantly adds more fun, glamour and femininity to your look and they are without a doubt the best way to stay on trend right now.
I’m not a fan of the term ‘on trend’, its almost as if we are saying we should all be dressing exactly the same, but these trends can be incorporated in so many different ways and its up to you to interpret the trend and style it out your own way. My wardrobe is full of fluted sleeves at the moment, fluted sleeve dresses, fluted sleeve tops and fluted sleeve jackets! You name it… fluted sleeve cray cray!!!
I’ve decided to go full-on volume with this number from Topshop, balancing out the over size proportions by pairing it with skinny jeans. However, I am all about making a statement so I have gone for a huge shopper style bag by Dune for extra style points.
This smock blouse is very pretty anyway yet the huge but fabulous fluted sleeves just make it extra special. The V-shape neckline creates a flattering silhouette as it elongates your upper body whilst the blue and yellow embroidered detail makes it look more expensive and gives it that boho, cool festival type vibe. I bought this in a size 6 but I’d definitely recommend to go up a size; it’s quite hard to get on and off as its tight around the ribcage area, but once on its a perfect fit. The sheer material makes it perfect for those summer evenings in the UK as we all know it gets a little chilly.
The great thing about fluted sleeves is that they can make your everyday outfit look even more stylish, whether you’re wearing a simple white tee and jeans, or even a simple LBD! Adding a statement sleeve provides instant glamour.