The first clue arrived in all-out glamour as Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie and Leighton Meester wowed us with their drawn out elegance at the Golden Globes. Following suit came the A/W 11 -12 fashion shows where Lanvin, Stella McCartney and Yves Saint Laurent expanded on the theme with inspired variations for the runway. But when Kate Middleton arrived at Westminster Abbey in full length gorgeousness, the deal was sealed. Long-sleeve dresses are in!
Totally tasteful and completely chic, long sleeves provide the perfect balance to a sexy frock. It’s a refreshing response to the overly revealing dresses that sometimes plague the red carpet. Though several designers including Tory Burch, Rag & Bone and Pamella Roland went gorilla style for Fall with fur sleeves, there was a bevy of others who kept their sleeves clean. Here are a few of our favorite sleeve options for Fall. No fur necessary.
Call them balloon, pirate or billowy, these sleeves are floaty and fabulous. Easy to wear, especially when sheer, voluminous sleeves are meant to flatter in the most feminine of ways. This classy piece by Mignon is entirely appropriate for a black tie affair, or a red carpet event. To keep it chic, go easy on the jewels. Sparkly earrings and a cocktail ring set the tone for simple refinement.
Love them or hate them, you can’t ignore them—the strong shoulder is here for Fall, and for this look you need a healthy sleeve. Think glamour with a rock star edge, the strong shoulder is often seen on Rihanna, Kate Moss and Mary Kate Olsen. Push the envelope in this glitterati of a dress by Issue NY, and get ready for girls night out!
If you love the strong shoulder, but veer more in a ladylike direction, then pare down in this form fitting lovely by Janique. It’s trim silhouette is minimalism at it’s best while the below-the-knee hemline is modernly right. Add a touch of bling and a smart clutch for pure girly delight.
We couldn’t talk about sleeves without mentioning lace, another must-have for Fall. This black lacy frock by Sentimental winks at the royal wedding gown while maintaining it’s own degree of drama. Great for date night, this sultry number turns up the volume to hot hot hot.