Runway/Realway. How to Wear These Sleeves!

July 10, 2008 • Runway/Realway

The Fall couture shows are showing one thing in common… eye-catching sleeve detail. All across the runways, extreme sleeves are in. Puff, cutouts, ruffles, structure, and fur are just some of the trappings we’ve seen from shoulder to wrist. Check out these looks for inspiration:

Christian Dior

Christian Lacroix

John Paul Gaultier

Elie Saab

Off the runway, choose a sleeve that flatters your best assets. If you’re worried about linebacker shoulders, don’t choose a sleeve with a lot of upper-puff. If you’re petite, keep your volume in check so it doesn’t swallow you up! Pair a dramatically-sleeved top with a bottom that isn’t a scene-stealer. We always think pieces like these, that are focal points, shouldn’t be competing with the rest of your outfit. Let your extreme sleeves shine! Check out some more ready-to-wear looks below:


Doo.Ri Runway Godet-Sleeve Top, $749


Tracy Reese Embellished Cut-Out Blouse, $250


3.1 Phillip Lim Rosebud-Sleeve Turtleneck, $350


Proenza Schouler Georgette Rust-Print Top, $725


Robert Cavalli Josephine Print Chiffon Blouse, $1,955

Photos: WWD

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