Bell & Lantern Sleeves for Fall

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The devil is in the details they say, and no surprise there but the fashion is too. Though the trends generally look at picture as a whole: be it a specific combination of the garments in the look that creates an in vogue style of the moment, or a particular garment on its own, a popular colour or print; there is also something a lot more subtle that makes a piece fashionable: like the standout sunglasses chains that are all the rage right now, or a certain trouser cut, style of collar or even buttons. One of those details is the headliner for this week’s trend: bell and lantern sleeves and cuffs.

This year’s fashion’s love for flounce and ruffles has left its mark on the cuts of clothes as well. The flared sleeve imitating the feel and playful movement of the aforementioned trend would be it’s indirect, yet understated reflection.

Bell and lantern sleeves are rather similar, both are close-fitting to, generally but not necessarily, mid-forearm then expanding into a one – bell shaped opening, while the other – lantern style.

The bell sleeve has been around since the 1850s – a preferred style at the time has come back in a big way this fall. Coats, jackets, dresses, tops and even jumpsuits – everything that has sleeves has seen bell and lantern upgrade. The updated sleeve style has also been spotted on knitwear (Rosetta Getty, Emilio Pucci). While the dramatic bell cuffs: layered, finished in chiffon or delicate lace, have been stealing the show on the fall winter 2016 runways of Alexander McQueen, Antonio Berardi, Gucci, H&M, Lanvin & Roberto Cavalli.

Spruce up your wardrobe for fall with this romantic feminine detail on the most basic of pieces: sweaters, blouses and dresses, it will add a modern sophisticated touch to your cold-weather style.   

by Olga Permyakova

Cover photo: courtesy of Christopher Kane (FW16 collection)


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