Fashion on your sleeve
Want to discover sleeve power this season? Read on...
OF LATE, an acquaintance laid her hands on the worktable only to feel and see through other's eyes that something, somewhere was not right. Her sleeves spoke `not right'. The fashion language is compounded by several elements but most importantly, the silhouette. Oscar Wilde said, "It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances." This goes to say that, it is of extreme importance to dress up right and thus to know what is right!
Following piece meanders through `fashion this season' scaling the highs and lows in sleeve details. Be it any category of styling (Indian or Western), three quarters sleeve length is topping the style charts. Apart from being in tune with "trends", this length conceals the physical flaws of a very short arm and a very long arm. Sport a sleeve this length teamed with slits of varied lengths as desired.
Fashion pointers indicate three-fourth sleeve with big and broad slashed or folded cuffs (ideal for work wear). This story talks of straight fit with the cuff following a subtle `A'. Elbow lengths have also walked up the fashion chart.
Full lengths have been blown away by cap sleeves (length reaching the cap of the arm). Fashion winds indicate `caps' on kurtas, formal work shirts, denim shirts, T-shirts, et al. Cap sleeves should be avoided on arms that are heavy at the biceps area. Instead, full-length, paper sleeves can be folded to arm you right.
Layered sleeves are out. Don't arm layered sleeves even in sheer, lightweight fabrics. Give up bells, they are low on style this season. Raglan sleeves in knits and denim are reflective of a good choice.
Hems are being faced with different ideas to create `that' element of interest. Sleeve ends can be overlocked (instead of regular turn and hem) in contrast coloured thread or lurex depending on the `look' contained in other garment components. In an ethic story, indigenous buttonhole stitch could be employed to hold the cut sleeve end. Sleeve ends could be gathered into a `tie-me-up' string or could be picoted, provided it goes with the look in totality.
Spaced-tucks or pin-tuck details can be incorporated in the sleeve area to create an interesting surface design.
Indubitably, fashion is a way of communication. Fashion speaks a new language every season. Speaking `this' language, dressing is used as a means to identify oneself. All the personal information is given by the look sported by us.
As you put your hands up in style, send out positive energy with the "right arm".
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