Neck, back, hem and now sleeves make your outfit complete. Sleeves are what denote the shape of your arm and structure it. The fall again comes from the fabric so it is very important to pay attention to the material. The arm hole is what will tell you how the look will be, sometimes deep ones make your arms look slimmer but with halter necks they can make the biceps look bulky. High arm holes can push the underarm flab upwards giving it a cleavage and also adding more weight to the sleeve area. So lets take a look at the different options :
1. Sleeveless : no sleeves or sleeveless where the entire lo
ok will depend on the cut of the arm hole. Be particular if deep or high suits you as that will set the tone of your look. They include basic sleeveless, straps, spaghettis and halters. The thickness of the strap helps in detailing the outfit and should be complimentary to the style of the outfit.
2. Cap sleeves : a little more than sleeveless, as the name suggests it caps your shoulder. Used mostly in casual outfits to set a slight different look. Its a gives a better toned look than sleevless outfits.
4. Blouse sleeves : named after the original blouse, they come up just above the elbow. If made of a structuring fabric, they make your arm look leaner. Softer fabrics may need a thicker edging to give more shape.
5. 3/4 sleeves : they are about a few inches below your elbow. They cover your entire upper arm. They tend to be slightly loose but sometimes can be snug as well. They might make your arm look bulkier especially in transparent fabrics.
5. Full sleeves : long sleeves or full sleeves cover your entire arm. They tend to make your arms look longer and leaner. Even transparent fabrics in full length look better whether loose or tight. Fitted but not snug are the best option as they give shape and length.
8. Puff sleeves : these have gathers near the shoulder and look like a balloon. Big puffs are very childlike, opt for small puffs as they are more feminine. Popular in tops and saree blouses but now can be seen in jackets, kurtas and dresses. Initially made famous through princess gowns, but now a very contemporary. These can be short to full length. Big puffs might look like shoulder pads dis balancing your entire arm. Works well on most as long as the puffiness is under control.
9. Cuffed sleeves: these can be worn inside out atleast on the edge. Very popular in shirts and pathani kurtas. They can be folded upto 2 inches and are 3/4 in length. They add a little casualness to a very formal look.
10. Ruffled sleeves: they are frills on a sleeve. Mostly in capsleeves or 3/4. They are very vintage and also feminine. Mostly seen in tops and kurtas but now are popular in coats and saree blouses.
11. Slit sleeves : these are of 2 types, slits from the shoulder to tje sleeve length or slits at the shoulder only i.e. more like cut out sleeves. They range from short to full length. They are subtly sexy and also make your arms look leaner.
These are the different types of sleeves and they entirely depend on the cut and fall of the fabric. Sleeves should add structure to a loose outfit or flowiness to a structured one. Loose plus loose might look shabby but changing trends tell us a different story. Comfort and fit should be priority as your arms are moved the most.
Variety in sleeves can also give a turn to a very boring outfit. Different fabrics, colours, prints and embellishment take your outfit up a notch. So think different and be stylish.