Season after season the power sleeve has dominated, and for SS17 they’ve got even bigger. Yeah, we didn’t think this was possible either. But we’re loving the sass shirts are serving.
From Roksanda’s elegant and ultra-feminine bell sleeves, to Balenciaga’s ‘80s puff silhouettes and Ellery’s extra-long statements – the catwalk has proved, for the sixth season running, that trophy sleeves are the new power dressing essential. They command attention but are deceivingly easy to style. That’s their beauty- a shirt with billowing sleeves does all the talking. They just need a skinny jean, classic tote and a mule to accompany them.
Power dressing used to be all about the suit, with ‘80s shoulder pads embodying this phrase, but for the modern woman that just won’t cut it. The retreat from athleisure to this maximalist way of dressing has marked a broader shift, not just in fashion but wider society- they’re about control and confidence. Elevating jeans with a chic, exaggerated shirt is the new go-to for women who mean business.