Why don’t people ever talk about how frustrating trends can be sometimes? One minute, the seven chokers you’ve bought are “out,” and the next, the trend that is “in” looks horrible on your particular body type. While we clearly love participating in, reporting on, and predicting new trends here at Who What Wear, we are well aware that not all trends sit well with all people. However, we think we’ve found a particular spring style that is flattering on all body types—statement sleeves.
Before we get into all the particulars of why this 2017 spring trend is going to look amazing on you, you might be asking yourself, What is my body type? In addition to the brief breakdown provided for you below, check out our more in-depth analysis on dressing for your body type, finding out your real body type, and two easy steps for the latter. This way, we can all be on the same page.
Now, back to statement sleeves. The reason this spring trend can flatter so many female body types is because it comes in many variations, ranging from cascading ruffled sleeves to oversize cuffs, all of which fall under the general category of, well, sleeves that make a statement. Since every woman’s body deserves to be celebrated, why not shower yours with the sartorial gift of a really cool set of sleeves? Based on the body type you identify with below, we give our two cents on which particular bold sleeve will look best on your shape. Although this should go without saying, we encourage you to wear whatever you feel your best in—the recommendations below are simply that: recommendations. Are you ready to shop?
Go on to see which type of statement sleeve we think will look best on your body type.
Your hips are around the same size as your waist.
To help create more of a shape on the top half of your body, ruffles will do just the trick. The billowing sleeves will draw attention to your upper frame, ultimately creating the illusion of more shape.
INVERTED TRIANGLE: Bubble Sleeves
The bottom half of your body is smaller than your top half.
Bubble sleeves will fill out and draw attention to the lower portion of your body, pulling attention away from the upper portion. The goal here is to create a flattering balance between the two hemispheres of your overall shape.
PEAR: Oversize Cuffs
You carry most of your weight in your lower half.
In an effort to not just balance out your smaller upper half with your larger lower body but also highlight the tiniest part of your frame, oversize cuffs are the way to go. This kind of sleeve makes a statement without adding unneeded puff to your top half.
APPLE: Frilled Swing Dress
Most of your weight is carried in your middle section.
With a shape like this, you want items that float away from your body. The frilled sleeves on a festive swing dress highlight your shoulders and show off your legs.
HOURGLASS: Bell Sleeves
Curvy with a tiny waist.
Since your most slimming feature is your waist, we definitely don't want to distract from that. Bell sleeves are a great option for you as they allow the eye to naturally drift down toward your midsection.
What do you think of this spring trend? Do you feel like this is something you would feel comfortable trying? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!