Would you wear it? Extra long sleeves

12 Feb 2016

It is a truth universally known that not all fashion trends are practical, and there is a good reason for this.

There are only so many clothes that can be worn, only so many ways that designers can play with high-waists, low waists, skinny legs, wide legs, cropped legs, cropped tops, midi and mini length.

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So sometimes designers have to reach for something faintly ridiculous to satisfy our insatiable appetite for something new. Incidentally, it's also the reason why so many fashion trends are inspired by decades gone by. The fashion world will tell you it's the new thing otherwise you'll carry on wearing the same clothes that you wore last season, and the wheels of fashion would thus fall off and I would be unemployed.

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This season designers are into covering our arms in a manner of weird ways - we were given statement puffy sleeves at JW Anderson, off the shoulder sleeves at Proenza Schouler and bell sleeves at Derek Lam. Statement sleeves are indeed trending for spring/summer 2016, but the most popular of these is the extra long sleeve - as seen on the catwalks of Topshop, JW Anderson and Stella McCartney and adopted by numerous fashion influencers over recent months, including Camille Charriere, Caroline Issa and our very own Natalie Hartley. By this we mean sleeves that go on until your knuckles and in some more directional cases, beyond like so:

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The positives are they keep your hands warm, saving you money on the gloves that you (we) constantly lose, and also act as a makeshift cloth, ensuring your surrounding areas are always cleanly. Long sleeves are also good for hiding chipped nails. Long sleeves are vaguely comforting. The downside is that it's horribly easy for them to fall into your dinner; it's impossible to use your phone and just try navigating the insides of your wallet when you have excess fabric around your hand.

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For those who have weighed up the pros and cons and have decided to proceed, this is how to wear extremely long sleeves. The key is to make sure that your sleeves are the only oversized element of your look - otherwise you'll just look like an oversized child in your mum's clothes. Good tailoring is essential - the shirt or top must fit well across the shoulders. And, the sleeve should reach the palm of your hand for you to be truly tapping into the trend.

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Will I wear it? No, sadly I like pasta too much for this trend to be conducive with my lifestyle.

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