It’s 2018 and eye-catching statement sleeves boasting frills, ruffles and volume are set to be everywhere. In fact, dramatic sleeves are in, in a big way. Learn how to pull off the look perfectly now with these top tips.

Choosing the perfect option

Dramatic sleeves have been spotted all over the runways. Expect to see them on everything from dresses to blouses, jackets and knits. Take things to the next level by opting for items that feature prints or textured fabrics for a hot look. Since you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice, rather go for an item you can pair with other clothes in your closet to create at least three outfit options.

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Let your sleeves do the talking

Your sleeves should be the focal point of your outfit, so let them take centre stage by keeping the rest of your outfit simple. Try pairing dramatic sleeves with neutral hues and understated accessories to avoid looking too OTT.

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Balancing things out is essential

Because these sleeves are so voluminous, you’ll need to opt for sleeker bottoms for a balanced look. Think skinny jeans, leggings, pencil skirts and the like. High-waisted bottoms work well to create a retro look. Flats and low-heeled shoes keep the look simple, but for some occasions, only a pair of statement heels will do.

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Keep your frame in mind

If you’re on the petite side, exercise caution when rocking this trend. Sleeves that are too crazy can dominate and drown your small frame. The most flattering look sits at your wrist and isn’t overly baggy. Remember to balance out the sleeve by highlighting your waist with a skinny belt.

Love some layers

The dramatic sleeve trend works perfectly for a layered look. Picture it now: gorgeous statement sleeves peeking out from under a cropped jacket or knit. You can even don a dramatically sleeved blouse under a sleeveless dress or top for a cute look.