Runway shows for Spring 2014 are drawing to a close on this last day of Paris Fashion Week. Thoroughly inspired at the start of a new fashion season, I’ve kept up with most of the collections in New York, London and Milan, pinning trends, interesting colour combinations, and looks I love along the way.
Designers are finally lengthening hemlines and providing roomier than body-conscious fits — and I’m thrilled about it. Along with the extra leg coverage, comes extra arm coverage. Hallelujah. Short sleeves in a variety of lengths and styles were shown by most designers. I enjoy wearing sleeveless garments, but we have the right to not bare our arms which makes sleeve length options essential. The variety of sleeved garments on the runways was a breath of fresh air.
Take a peek at the outfits I’ve pinned that showcase a range of short sleeves silhouettes. Some sleeves extend right to the elbow, while others are shorter.
- Wide elbow sleeves in a clown-esque gladiator outfit with bare midriff
- Wide elbow sleeves on a structured crop top
Jean-Charles de Castelbajac
- Sheer classic short sleeve blouse with wide leg trousers
- Architectural short sleeves on a sack dress
- Dropped shoulder voluminous short sleeves on a button-down blouse with layered pencil skirt
- Oversized architectural short sleeve sack dress
- Wide dropped shoulder short sleeved blouse with cropped slouchies
- Bright ’80s shirt without the shoulder pads or permed hair
- Two-piece mismatched dress with short wide sleeve
- Fluid elbow sleeve tux jacket and baggy clamdiggers
- Round shouldered dress with wide elbow sleeves
- Dropped shoulder crop top with extra wide architectural short sleeves
- Oversized welted pullover with elbow length sleeves and skirt over pants
- Boxy shirt with pleated short sleeve and baggy trousers
I hope this short sleeve trend filters down to mainstream retail very soon. Extra wide short sleeves are obviously more fringe and harder to wear, but the rest can be worn by all. Some styles are more streamlined, and others quite architectural.
We might be giving our scrunched long sleeves a little rest next year. I’m willing to mix things up with these styles of shorter sleeves, how about you? What’s your take on the new short sleeve styles for Spring and Summer 2014?