You see it on shirts, blouses, sweaters, or even coats, sleeves are having a life of its own this season. These statement-makers come in the form of Elie Saab‘s exaggerated bell sleeves, cut-outs at DKNY and Gucci‘s over-the-top puff sleeves.

What’s the best thing about this trend? It’s easy to wear and gives your look an instant lift without too much effort. Wear your dramatic sleeves with slim bottoms (think skinny jeans or figure-hugging skirts) to balance out the proportions, or emulate the drama with flared skirts or wide-legged pants.

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1

A.W.A.K.E metallic blouse

Cut for a boxy silhouette and made from high-shine cotton, A.W.A.K.E’s Starfish blouse takes the spotlight with its voluminous gigot sleeves. Make an even louder statement by pairing yours with wide-legged pants.

A.W.A.K.E Starfish metallic cotton blouse, US$420 (S$609).

2

Burberry sweater with ruff neck

An evergreen wardrobe staple, this burberry sweater is fully-fashioned from a ribbed cotton-blend knit to hold its structure. Inspired by Virginia Woolf’s novel, Orlando, this white number features a ruff neck and bell sleeves.

Burberry cotton-blend sweater with ruff neck, S$2,495. 

3

Caroline Constats gingham top

Summer immediately comes to mind when this top comes into view. The Gabriella top is crafted from cotton-poplin gingham fabric to effortlessly drape over the body from the structured sweetheart neckline. Simply wear it with denim cut-offs and slides for a day at the beach.

Caroline Constats Gabrielle off-shoulder gingham top, S$555.

4

Charli Cohen sweatshirt

We’d happily hit the gym everyday if every workout piece looked like this. Having trained as both a fashion designer and a personal trainer, Charli Cohen’s pieces are made with cutting-edge performance fabrics with specialist technical construction. The Omega sweatshirt is a great workout number with moisture wicking abilities.

Charli Cohen Omega lace-sleeve performance sweatshirt, S$290. 

5

Ellery off-shoulder top

An expert at fusing trends with wearable staples, Australian label Ellery, does it again with the Cyril top. Crafted from cotton-poplin, this flattering off-shoulder top features self tie-fastening straps at the cut-out sleeve panels and voluminous elastic bell cuffs. This would be perfect with shoulder duster earrings.

Ellery Cyril off-the-shoulder cotton top, S$790.

6

Gucci jacquard coat

Of course we’d look to Gucci when it comes to statement and flare. The brand”s vintage Horsebit patten is reworked here as a jacquard in wool-coating fabric.The kidassia goat fur used at the cuffs add an unexpected contrast to this earth-tone belted coat.

Gucci horsebit jacquard wool coat, US$4,600 (S$6,666). 

7

Johanna Ortiz denim shirt

Evidently not your regular denim shirt, Johanna Ortiz’s Maximilana shirt features a button-up style and a wide, collared neckline. Complete with unexpected puff sleeves, this shirt also features subtle embroidery details of similar hue.

Johanna Ortiz Maximilana shirt, US$695 (S$1,007).

8

Monographie long sleeve shirt

A brand that seeks to redefine wardrobe classics, Monographie has done well with this striped shirt with pleated sleeves. The contrasting bell sleeves on a tailored button-down silhouette lets you stand out amongst others at work.

Monographie pleated long sleeve shirt, US$605 (S$877). 

9

Palmer//Harding shirtdress

A dramatic but wearable number from Palmer//Harding, this cotton-poplin shirtdress features cape-like sleeves which we haven’t seen for a while now (at least on shirts and shirt dresses). It also has a knee-skimming hemline, with a sweeping open-back cape that complements the draped shoulder panels. A gathered waist anchors the billowing shape.

Palmer//Harding open-back gathered-waist striped shirtdress, S$645. 

10

Tabula Rasa sweater

Tabula Rasa’s Karash sweater gives us all the cozy winter feels (imagine a warm toasty fireplace in winter wonderland). Add texture to your wardrobe with this alpaca wool-blend sweater featuring dramatic fringed-sleeves.

Tabula Rasa Karash fringed-sleeves sweater, US$895 (S$1,297).