I’m a big fan of raglan sleeves in soft fabrications that collapse back onto the contour of the shoulder line because they are flattering on a variety of body types. It’s amazing how this style of sleeve works equally well for both narrow and broad shoulders, but in different ways.
- Raglan sleeves visually narrow a broad shoulder because the lack of shoulder seam draws attention away from the shoulder line. A lower neckline and tapered sleeves on a raglan sleeved top further soften a broad shoulder line.
- Raglan sleeves add structure to a narrow shoulder line, especially when the neckline is high and the shoulder neck point close to the neck. The shoulder line is often sloppy and a tad wide with set-in sleeves when you have dainty shoulders. The raglan fits on the shoulder no matter what.
Raglan sleeves have been particularly fashionable in knit tops, tees and pullovers over the last few years and I’m thrilled about it. Have you noticed the flattering effects of soft raglan sleeves?