This Trend Desperately Needed a Revamp—and 2020 Is Delivering

Fun fact: I pitched this story a couple of weeks before last night's Golden Globes, and the event's red carpet now serves as the ultimate proof that my theory was, indeed, correct. After poring over the S/S 20 runway collections, I decided that statement sleeves were back in a major way—and celebrities on the red carpet definitely agree.

Of course, this isn't the first time the trend has been in the spotlight. However, the statement sleeves of yore were more focused on subtle, cutesy details, whereas the 2020 versions are far more inventive and risk-taking. In other words, it's time to go big or go home. One of my favorite red carpet looks in recent memory is the Miu Miu dress Bel Powley wore at the Golden Globes; the actress stars alongside Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in The Morning Show. The ruffles, the puffs, the bow—it was all so perfect. Scroll down to see how to wear the statement sleeve trend in 2020 and shop my favorite picks. 

On the Red Carpet


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On Bel Powley: Miu Miu dress


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On Zoey Deutch: Fendi dress; Harry Winston jewelry


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On Cate Blanchett: Mary Katrantzou dress

On the Runway


By Malene Birger S/S 20
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Moncler Genius F/W 19
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Louis Vuitton S/S 20
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Erin Fitzpatrick
Senior News Editor

Erin got her start as a Who What Wear intern over 12 years ago—back when the site only published a single story per day. (Who What Wear has since increased that number twentyfold.) She graduated magna cum laude from USC, which is how she ended up moving to Los Angeles from her hometown of San Diego. In college, she also interned at Refinery29, where she was promoted to editorial assistant and then assistant editor. After nearly three years at R29, she came back to WWW in 2016, where she currently holds the title of senior news editor (as well as the unofficial title of resident royal expert—in case you haven't noticed her numerous Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton stories). She spends her days trying to incorporate her idols, Anna Wintour and Roger Federer, into as many stories as possible. Outside of work, she loves tennis, classic rock, traveling, and smothering her dog with affection.