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This Season’s Statement Sleeves

Each season we have a standout trend that serves as a key wardrobe update. Last spring/summer it was all about the ‘cold shoulder’, this season enter the drama of the ‘statement sleeve’. Statement sleeves were edging a ‘statement’ last year, (See my statement white shirt post from last March). This season if you aren’t dipping a cuff in your soup then your sleeves must be rolled up!

My High Street Statement Sleeves:

M&S and Zara have some great value, trans-seasonal bell sleeve sweaters, but I wanted to find what I consider more interesting options.

1.This season, Massimo Dutti, shines! It’s the best collection for years, with lots of exciting colours and shapes to add zest to your wardrobe. This v necked top is in a chic navy (softer on the skin that black), the pleated cuffs add a subtle excitement to what will be a classic piece.

2.Picking up on yellow, one of this seasons key colours, this dolman sleeve top from LK Bennett is pure sunshine! Made from a cotton and silk combination it’s so soft on the skin.

3. Bring on the ruffles! A perfect top for pear shapes. The pretty ruffles add volume to a top half balancing out the bottom. This pretty red shirt from Banana Republic (now only available on line) has a retro floral nod to it.

4. Gingham came through as a micro trend last summer and I have to say this cute green top from Warehouse is very similar to ones at J.Crew last season which were four times the price!

5. Talking of J.Crew , the  giraffe print on this bell sleeved top was sourced from the archives of Drakes. Drakes are better known for their stunning contemporary handcrafted scarves.

6. I picked up this three quarter pleated sleeve jumper from Cos stores and immediately bought it. See my Instagram . Enough said!  I love Cos stores , if you’re listening I’d love a part time job!

7. Summer doesn’t seem to be summer without stripes. This season though, they are in every alternative direction. The stripes on this LK Bennett top really confuse the eye. The dramatic fluted sleeves are great for highlighting a slim wrist.


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