trending: exaggerated sleeves

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One of the trends popping up this spring & summer is exaggerated sleeves on everything…blouses, tees, dresses, etc. There are tons of bohemian style pieces with bell sleeves, adorable striped tops with ruffle sleeves, off the shoulder tops with awesome ruffles, flutter sleeves tees, and more. Personally, I love this trend, as it adds a little something else to basics; such as a black and white striped top or a simple pink sundress.

I am not a fan of bell sleeves – mainly because they get in my way. I’m the kind of person that always rolls up long sleeves shirts to make them 3/4 length, so having an exaggerated sleeve around my wrist drives me crazy! (Not saying they aren’t adorable on some people!)

Because of this, I tend to stick to ruffles; whether it be on an off the shoulder top (great to distract from a large bust, or play up a tiny one), or on my sleeves. (I may or may not have snagged this J.Crew factory¬†top recently…)

This Old Navy dress (on sale for $17.50) is a great way to rock the trend without being swallowed by fabric. The sleeves are fun & playful, but the dress does come up all the way under the armpit so it is work appropriate (bonus, seeing as I’m wearing it at work as I type this!)

What are your thoughts on all the exaggerated sleeves this summer? yay or nay?

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  • Reply Amy

    I love this trend too! It’s amazing what adding sun sleeves can do for a look. Such a cute dress and I love the colors.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    May 25, 2016 at 6:23 pm
    • Reply madelinewp

      Thank you, I’m hoping fun sleeves are here to stay!

      May 26, 2016 at 9:54 pm
  • Reply Tara

    Loving the pink and turquoise together!

    May 26, 2016 at 9:45 am
    • Reply madelinewp

      Thank you!! I love the combo for summer

      May 26, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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