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Say it with sleeves: know the official names for different sleeve styles

Apr 16, 2021 18:32 IST | By Editorji News Desk

What’s in a sleeve? Well, sleeves are integral to any outfit and they can either make or break the look. A misplaced sleeve shape on an otherwise beautiful piece of clothing can spoil the entire feel of a garment. Sometimes, sleeves can enhance your features and highlight different parts of your outfit.  

This is why it's important to learn about popular sleeve designs so that you can make an informed choice before you hit 'add to cart' the next time! 


Very common in sporty t-shirts and tops, you will find raglan sleeves in many different lengths in all types of garments. This sleeve extends in one piece fully to the collar, leaving a diagonal seam from underarm to collarbone. 


Found in varying lengths and flares, bell sleeves look almost exactly like bell-bottom pants. The sleeve starts fitted on the arm and then flares out progressively like a literal bell.  


This sleeve is attached to the bodice of the outfit and doesn’t have to be sewn separately. Usually, kimono sleeves are very wide and remain equally wide from beginning to end. The name is inspired by traditional Japanese outfits but is more commonly used in Chinese garments. 


Long and flowy, cape sleeves give the illusion of wearing a cape. To achieve this, extra fabric is gathered and stitched at the shoulder to give a flared appearance. This sleeve is sometimes a part of the garment and other times, stitched as an extension.  


A style that is a huge part of bohemian and hippie style dressing, peasant sleeves are loosely puffed at the shoulders and clamped with an elastic at the end. This sleeve can be found in both long and shorter lengths.  


One of the most popular styles, off-shoulder sleeves are completely bare on the shoulder and arms. While it has been spotted on tops and dresses for a long time, off-shoulder sleeves are now a common fixture on saree blouses as well.   


Somewhat similar to off-shoulder, cold shoulder sleeves are currently one of the most popular trends in the market. In this sleeve, you will either find a cut-out detailing at the shoulder or there will be straps holding the garment while the rest remains similar to a flowy off-shoulder.  

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