Exaggerated sleeves are one of the trends that took 2016 by storm, and rest assured that these statement-making toppers will continue making tracks well into the new year. Whether they’re boldly embellished or playfully pleated, they effortlessly add a certain je ne sais quoi to on-the-job essentials and weekend uniforms alike — which is good news for lazy girls and budget-wary babes alike. The little bit of extra oomph goes a long way, sartorially speaking, anyway. So how to make them feel fresh for 2017? This week’s edition of Style Resolutions is hunting down the answer to that very question, bringing you three cutting-edge looks that’ll score you some serious style cred while you’re getting your boss on at the office or sippin’ hot cocoa by the fire.
How to Wear Statement Sleeves for Work
Make 2017 the year you finally step out of your comfort zone and give non-traditional pieces a go at the office. Put those polished suits back in the closet — it’s time to make the rest of your wardrobe work a little overtime. Look to a bell-sleeved shirt to anchor your look — it’s a little bit laid-back bohemian and a little bit girl about town. Tuck it into a leather midi skirt that delivers a punch of don’t-mess panache to the ensemble, then round out the look with envelope-pushing accessories, like tri-tonal ankle boots, sculptural hoop earrings and a snakeskin top handle backpack that can be styled on the fly. One word: fierce.
Zara Embroidered Frilled Sleeve Blouse ($40) + H&M Leather Pencil Skirt ($129), Finery Clarissa Leather Ankle Boot ($209), Mango Metallic Hand Backpack ($70), Anissa Kermiche Paniers D’Argent ($314), NailKale Nail Polish in Victoria & Albert ($15)
How to Wear Statement Sleeves for a Night Out
Temps are dipping low, rendering your go-to GNO getup unfit for Friday night shenanigans. Instead of tossing in the towel and hunkering down, put that style know-how to good use to create a show-stopping #OOTD that’s both cozy and cool. A dress-over-pants formula is foolproof when it comes to cold weather dressing, especially when vibrant color and edgy leather are thrown into the mix. Pop ’em over an exaggerated blouse, then proceed to pair with ready-to-party extras, like metallic booties and a rhinestone studded clutch FTW. Best dressed out on the dance floor? You’ve got this one in the bag.
Zara Embroidered Frilled Sleeve Blouse ($40) + H&M Slip-In Dress in Lyocell ($40), Topshop Faux Leather Cigarette Trouser ($60), Free People Engraved Bun Cuff ($18), Jeffrey Campbell Othello-LH ($175), Milly Rhinestone Box Clutch ($295)
How to Wear Statement Sleeves for the Weekend
Effortless is how you like to play it come the weekend, which means fussy duds are totally out of the question. #Slayallday without the effort by putting a statement blouse at the center of your just-chillin’ ensemble, then piling on a few casually cool add-ons (think: embroidered denim, bright pink loafers and sleek shades). Whether you’re perusing your local farmers’ market or bar hopping with your besties, you’ll be well equipped to do it in style.
Zara Embroidered Frilled Sleeve Blouse ($40) + Topshop Moto Floral Mom Jeans ($110), Zara Burgundy Grey Check Coat ($279), Lika Mimika Raspberry Flat Loafer ($193), Urban Outfitters ID Tag Chain Choker Necklace ($34), Han Kjobenhavn + Need Timeless Sunglasses ($180), Baggu Large Flat Pouch in Copper ($88), Anthropologie Quebec Pommed Beanie ($58)
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