Kallol Datta, Phillip Lim and Marc Jacobs have something in common. All of them have used voluminous sleeves in their latest collections. It is a well-known fact that perfectly cut, and tailored sleeves often add drama to an ordinary outfit. Perhaps, it is because of this capability of this part of a garment that such sleeves have become a point of focus for designers of late.
“The Edwardian influences such as the balloon sleeves or the bishop sleeves are a big highlight this season. Besides being elegant, they are also comfortable, making them a popular choice. Silhouettes don’t need any other detailing, as the sleeves add an edge to the garment,” says designer Kunal Anil Tanna.
While the recently concluded fashion week in Mumbai saw designers experiment with voluminous sleeves in a big way, the current fashion season internationally has also been inundated with outfits with similar sleeves. “The volume and drama of the balloon sleeves have made them popular. Also, they work well with different body types,” says designer Payal Singhal.
Dos and don’ts when opting for voluminous sleeves
1. An outfit must maintain a balance. If the sleeves are the key element, everything else should only be complementary, and should be simple and minimal.
2. Usually tunics with big sleeves are voluminous and anti-fit, so pair them with fitted bottoms.
3. If the sleeves are huge avoid too many ruffles and embellishments on your ensemble.
A model at the Brandon Maxwell show. (AFP)
Others making news
1. Bell sleeves
2. Flutter sleeves
3. Cape sleeves
4. Exaggerated sleeves
5. Cold shoulder
A model showcases cape sleeves at the Zang Toi show. (AFP)
- With inputs from designer Swati Vijayvergie