Five Degrees of the Spring Sleeve

To have, or to have not. The choice is all yours when it comes to sleeves this spring.

12 Oct 2015 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay

From barely there to long and billowy, designers have taken the sleeve to the next level, playing with different styles, lengths and proportions this spring. And the result is something to keep everyone happy!

Here are the five sleeve styles to be seen in!


Sun’s out, guns out. Or something like that. But, seriously, if you want to go sans-sleeve, the options are endlessly inspired. From easy-wear shirts and dresses in crisp cotton and poplin to sporty tanks, and structured shell tops in girlie gingham or luxe, contoured leather.

Stylizen Shops:

Five Degrees Of The Spring Sleeve - Sleeveless

1. Stripe Sleeveless Shirt, $89.95 – available at French Connection.
2. Kylie Sleeveless Drape Cardi, $54.99 – available at Forever New.
3. Aztec Playsuit, $129.95 – available at French Connection.


Shrug off winter in a flirty off-the-shoulder number. One of the main trends of the season, the off shoulder look marries impeccably with nautical styling – think jaunty sailor stripes and crisp whites – or with a ruched detail for a more boho vibe.

Stylizen Shops: 

Five Degrees Of The Spring Sleeve - Off The Shoulder

1. Somedays Lovin’ Bohemia Off Shoulder Romper, $89.95 – available at General Pants.
2. Defiant Top, $299 – available at CAMILLA AND MARC.
3. Clara Off-the-Shoulder Top, $67.35 – available at Nasty Gal.

Capped Sleeve

The cap sleeve does draw attention to the widest area of the arm, so this one takes prep (ie several speedy gym visits!) But if you’ve got guns you prepared earlier (during winter) that rival Michelle O, this is the time to flaunt them in a day or evening dress.

Stylizen Shops:

Five Degrees Of The Spring Sleeve - Capped Sleeve

1. Giselle Dress, $59.95 – available at Mossimo.
2. DKNY Pure Trapeze Dress, $510 – available at DKNY.
3. Liz Taylor Short Sleeve Fitted Dress in Black, $149.95 – available at Metalicus.

¾ Sleeve

Hovering around – or just below -the elbow, the ¾ sleeve is the perfect spring cover up for untoned arms and indecisive temps. The key to rocking this look lies in the proportion play, so keep leg lengths (in skirts or jeans)  long and slimline.

Stylizen Shops: 

Five Degrees Of The Spring Sleeve - 3/4 Sleeve

1. Cobweb Crew in Ivory, $350 – available at Banjo & Matilda.
2. Claire Polka Dot Shirt, $340 – available at Sambag.
3. The Astrid Top, $149 – available at Ryder.

Sweeping Sleeve

At the long end of the spectrum, sleeves are getting down – way down – hovering around the mid-hand. This is a gorgeous, elongating style and can prove really contemporary if you go for a full bell sleeve that is so popular at the moment.

Stylizen Shops: 

Five Degrees Of The Spring Sleeve

1. ROKSANDA Myseen Long-Sleeved Silk Blouse, $939 – available at Matches Fashion.
2. Motel Swing Dress With Lace-Up & Flare Sleeves, was $86.43 now $43.21 – available at ASOS.
3. Ellery Protégé Top, $989 – available at David Jones.

Which sleeve are you sure to be sporting this spring? And are you feeling tempted to try a new sleeve trend? Tell us below! 

12 Oct 2015 By Emma-Charlotte Bangay


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