NET- A- PORTER recently referred to it as “arm-candy” and I couldn’t agree more.

In fashion seasons gone by, ‘arm candy’ was the reference we gave to the latest “IT” Bag, and the occasional cute boy… but this season, the statement sleeve is taking pride of place. Holding its position at the top of the ‘hot list’ for the Northern Hemisphere summer, with our temperate climate here in the South, this just might be the micro trend that settles into our shores for a little while longer

Personally, I have an enduring obsession for an exaggerated sleeve; from a classic french cuff to a sleeve with a little flounce; and when the mood calls for some harmless and innocent flirtation, how can we wander past a ruffle or, the appropriately named, bishop sleeve?

The statement sleeve is the perfect way to elevate your outfit and like the shoe that always fits, so magnificently draws the attention away from those areas you would rather shy away from; and while a sleeve possessing exaggerated lengths may not always be functional or the perfect accompaniment on a lunch date with tacos, there is no denying it’s presence and impact. It is pure style prowess.

From Chloe’s fluted silk crepe blouse to Scanlan and Theodore’s Trapese Cashmere Crop, and all styles and budgets in between, invest wisely and this addition to your wardrobe will have you soaring in the style stakes.

Style it up with your favourite denim (skirts, shorts and jeans) or add some flare to your ‘on duty’ style and bring your work uniform to life. In order to make the right style manifesto, allow the statement sleeve to play the hero (or the heroine) in your story and there will be little to no further adornment required….except maybe that understated “IT” bag…. not quite as easy to let go of as the cute boys….


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