The Long & Colourful History of Sleeves & Various Fashions

The Long & Colourful History of Sleeves & Various Fashions

Since the beginning of time, both men and women have used clothing to make a statement. When choosing a dress for a special occasion, there are, of course, many styles and the sleeve is an optional requirement that can or cannot be part of an outfit. Long sleeves are a must in cold climates and that reason was enough in the dark ages, which set the scene for European fashion for many centuries.

When it comes to sleeves, there is a long and colourful history of fashion trends. For example, in the Middle Ages, it was common for both men and women to wear sleeves that were tightly fitted to the arm. This was a sign of wealth and status, as only those who could afford the best tailors could wear such clothing. In the Renaissance, sleeves became even more elaborate, with some reaching down to the ground. These were often adorned with lace or other delicate fabrics. However, by the 1800s, sleeves had become simpler, as dresses began to favour a more natural look. Today, sleeves come in all shapes and sizes, and can be found on everything from casual t-shirts to evening gowns.

No matter what the style, it is clear that sleeves will continue to play an important role in fashion. Here are just a few of the popular sleeve styles that we see through the ages.

  • Regular Sleeve – A regular shirt sleeve is simply attached to the bodice with regular stitching and whether short, medium or long, the sleeve is of parallel width from top to bottom. If you are looking for a gown for a special occasion, check out the stunning homecoming dresses with sleeves available from the online designer dress boutique, where you can find creations from top designers, all at very affordable prices.
  • Raglan Sleeve – A diagonal seam attaches this sleeve to the bodice, which looks similar to a regular sleeve. Popular for sports apparel, due to the freedom of upper body movement, the raglan is a common style across the board, but less so for formal events.
  • Cap Sleeve – Trendy in the seventies and now seeing a revival, the angled cap sleeve broadens the shoulders and is popular among teenagers.
  • Bracelet Sleeve – A three-quarter sleeve that has always been popular with summer wear; the hem typically stops at 4cm from the elbow.
  • Lantern Sleeve – This is a long sleeve that balloons out between the elbow and the wrist.
  • Balloon Sleeve – Long, puffed sleeves that are gathered at the shoulder and the seam.
  • Bishop Sleeve – The bishop sleeve flares out from the shoulder right down to the cuff, where the cloth is gathered. This sleeve has been in vogue for the last few years. If you fancy sporting a gown with bishop sleeves, check out the stunning designer creations from the online boutique.
  • Dolman Sleeve – A very deep armhole, with the sleeves becoming progressively narrower to the wrist, the dolman sleeve resembles a bat wing and is common with gothic fashion. Indeed, this style is sometimes referred to as ‘bat wing’.
  • Leg Of Mutton Sleeve – Puffed and gathered at the shoulder, the leg of mutton sleeve fits to the forearm. The shape of this sleeve closely resembles a sheep’s leg, which is why the name arose.
  • Butterfly Sleeve – Volume from the shoulder to the elbow, this is also known as the bell sleeve and is common with party dresses. This sleeve doesn’t normally cover the entire arm and is good when you want to add volume to the shoulders.
  • Kimono Sleeve – This Japanese style is actually one piece rather than sewn on separately and is popular with new wave people. Very comfortable to wear, your movements are not restricted.

Of course, there are other sleeve designs and if you happen to be looking for a stunning designer dress to wear for the homecoming, the online designer dress boutique has you covered.