During a season when shedding the sleeves is all but mandatory, it’s interesting to see the stark opposite — and an abundance of them, at that! Long sleeves, taking on new dimensions, have been spotted left and right on the runways this season, and its appearance has been everything but subtle. A “more is more” approach is certainly one way to describe it, with sleeves kissing the sky at the shoulder seams, ruffles running vertically down them, bare shoulders peaking out of cut-outs, and even pleating billowing out from the delicate wrist lines.
A bell shape, growing ever-popular this season for pants, has made its way upward and into the sleeve, in fabrics that range from filmy chiffon to starched cotton and stretch ponte knit. Favorites include a sophisticated eveningwear take on a bell sleeve at Tadashi Shoji, puckered and ruffled perfection at Marissa Webb, and a brunch-worthy blue and white striped pumped up and puffed out sleeve at Jill Stuart. Which is your favorite? See the slideshow above for our top picks of the season.