With a lot of my looks, I follow the “less is more” rule. I generally like my outfits to be pretty simple and laid back, but there is one exception for me, and that’s sleeves. Lately, I’m really loving statement sleeves. They’re all over right now from bell sleeves to giant ruffles, to ruches, to loops. Honestly, I think statement sleeves can one of those things where a lot of people love the look but don’t end up actually wearing them — you know those pieces that sit in your closet because you love them but you can never find the right way to wear it?
If the big ruffles and bell flares are “one of those” for you, keep reading for my three tips on how to wear statement sleeves:
1. Make it the centerpiece – Since statement sleeves are already kind of “overdone” themselves, you want to make sure the rest of your look is simple so the sleeves get all the attention and there’s not too much going on with your outfit. Make sure all your other pieces are solid neutral colors and basic cuts, and stay away from any statement jewelry or shoes.
2. Dress it down – This isn’t a hard rule, but the more casual looks tend to make sure the sleeves come across as a cool, confident trend (like the “I barely tried but I look amazing”). I usually pair statement sleeves with a pair of jeans if I want to be casual, or a pair of dress shorts if I’m going for professional.
3. Wear it confidently – This applies to all things fashion! The difference between people thinking “woah those sleeves are huge” and “wow that shirt is cute” is in how you wear it. Even if you feel like your sleeves are drawing more attention than you initially wanted, if you wear it confidently and act like they’re not a big deal (haha, no pun intended), people will fall in love with the look, as will you :)
Also, I thought of this as I was writing, but statement sleeves are also the perfect thing to have in your closet for those days you want to look like you tried, but don’t have time to pair a bunch of pieces together. Super easy, but definitely makes a statement! I did a whole post on how to look like you tried without actually trying a few months ago, linked here if you want to check it out.
If you have any ideas or questions relating to statement sleeves or want to send me a picture of your look for my advice, you can email me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll take a look <3