As you all seem to appreciate #TrendAlert I shall do my best to continue with the series. Up for this week are the statement sleeves 2017. Honestly speaking, they are kind of the gift that keeps on giving. Always showing up in new styles and always gets incorporated with new trends. Here are the statement sleeves 2017:
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Statement Sleeves 2017
Since the statement sleeves entered our fashionable lives, they’ve changed quite a lot. From just being sleeves of volume, bell or trumpet they are now also trending as ruffles and in length. The latter have specifically gone strong in 2017 by reaching the very peak of the ruffle trend as well as the shirt trend. Ruffles in combination with statement sleeves are especially an appreciated combination as it adds a flow to any top which elevates the outfit. The ruffles have been popular to do as off shoulder tops/dresses but also for shirts and regular tops. The latest version has a flamenco touch to it with the fall of the fabric being both dramatic and sophisticated.
As for the other trending style, the exaggerated length, it’s a more minimalistic style and suits anyone who prefers a more symmetric look. The exaggerated sleeves are often in combination with shirts – both pyjama ones and classic shirts. Inevitably, the style is kind of annoying as the sleeves are constantly in the way. But hey, all in the name of fashion – right? A styling trick though is to unbutton the sleeves and let the hands/arms free. This sort of creates a hanging sleeve, which of course is stylish too! But of course, all styles and shapes of the statement sleeves are still accepted, just look below:
What To Think About
With all things volume and statement the core styling trick is to focus on the balance. Whether you let the balance be contrasted with a voluminous skirt or you leave the focus to the sleeves solely: be aware of the balance. As statement sleeves centers the focus to the upper part, it can be nice to leave the lower part defined with simple pants or a pencil skirt. However, it can also be nice to do the opposite and balance with more volume. Not volume as in more ruffles, as it would only make the look more messy, but volume as in a high waisted A-skirt. Or 70s jeans to add the boho vibe, or why not wide legged pants?
Regarding the style, statement sleeves gives quite a sophisticated impression 9 out of 10 times. This makes it a perfect piece to contrast with heavier and more edgy materials as (faux) leather, patent leather and denim. Especially if you’re going for the exaggerated length, that comes with an office vibe, try to add materials that are the opposite. Giving some structure as in tucking in the top, or adding the belt, is also a great way of finding a balance in the outfit. To give the statement sleeves the ultimate spotlight: go for a bag that’s more clean, like a clutch or a small crossover bag. No need to go statement for the bag in your hand, as the sleeves are stealing the attention.
An Outfit That Works
And as always, an outfit that works: I love this one as it’s quite simple and minimalistic, but still creates a subtle statement. There are several things that are great and thought-through regarding the styling, with some being:
- The matching of two different shades of blue, as they highlights one another in a flattering way. Genius to let the brighter blue breakthrough the navy as it makes the lines even sharper. Also a subtle detail to not have the jacket fully closed but let some more blue pop.
- Another styling gem: The straight silhouette of the outfit and the sleeves that breaks it off. As both the pants and the jacket are rather straight the outfit is in need of some movement, which is added by the statement sleeves and its flow. A lovely way to create a balance.
- Also, the 3/4 length of the jacket’s sleeves that emphasizes on the volume of the top’s sleeves. Lovely way to layer a look and make a detail of the contrast between sleeve length and size. The contrast is even better as the jacket’s sleeves are rather tight and the top’s sleeves are wide = a balance of volume too.
- Lastly, the cute brooches. They’re also different shades of blue which makes the blue tones in the outfit more distinct. Also lovely to have one in a lighter shade as it reconnects with the bright blue.
If you want to recreate something similar, but level it up even further, go for a colorful bag instead, I’d say orange would be perfect! Silver metallic would also be a nice contrast and so would pink. These are all colors that works specifically well with blue!
Folks! How are you working the statement sleeves 2017? Drop a comment below!