Statement Sleeves are Gaining Momentum

The last few seasons, trends in shoulder hems have been all the rage: off shoulder, cold shoulder, no shoulder, one shoulder.

This winter, it’s all about the sleeves – they have become an accessory in and of themselves. There are so many variations of a wide sleeve that are big right now.  Wide sleeves became de rigueur  in the 1830’s with the Gigot Sleeve, also known more literally as the “Leg of Mutton” Sleeve (I prefer Gigot, myself).  At this time, it was not appropriate or fashionable for a woman’s shoulders to slope horizontally from her neck to the end of her shoulder, but rather to slope romantically, as though she were pining for her gentleman caller. (Really?!) The sleeve would then taper below the elbow to the wrist.

Here’s an updated version of the Gigot Sleeve, with nary a mention of a mutton chop or pining of any sort.

See below for the approved current sleeve trends and how to name them.  (You may be quizzed on this later, and may even be asked to compare and contrast).   Enjoy the sleeve inspo!

The Angel Sleeve are often 3/4 in length and resemble the wing of an angel, natch.

The Bell Sleeve is wide throughout and “bells” out at the elongated cuff.


The Trumpet Sleeve is loose throughout, and “trumpets” out at the elbow.

The Calypso Sleeve features a ruffle or three and drapes from a free-fitting silhouette.   

Wide Cuff Sleeves are literally just that: wide cuffed sleeves.

Bishop Sleeves are a long, full sleeve gathered into a ruffled cuff at the wrist.


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