How to Pick Sleeves That Flatter Your Frame

Regardless of your size and shape, every detail on your outfit can make or break your look. Apart from neckline, hemline, and collars, sleeves can also draw the attention to your assets or even flaws. So, keep on reading for our guidelines on how to pick sleeves that flatter your frame.

If you want to broaden or make your shoulders look narrower…


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Remember, the shape of the sleeve that you wear can make you look larger or smaller, depending on where it ends, and also how wide it is. Like fashion blogger Emilija Vaišnoraitė, you may opt for puffed sleeved and gathered shoulders blouses which are great to make your shoulders look broader. Wider sleeves add width to the part of the body they end on. On the other hand, if you want to make them look narrower, then try raglan, dolman and dropped sleeves. A slim sleeve won’t add bulk to your frame in the way a voluminous sleeve will.

If you wish to draw attention to, or downplay your waist or hips…

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Your sleeves must end your sleeves on your narrowest point to draw attention to it. Remember, the eye fills in the horizontal line between the hems of the sleeves. So, if you have a defined waist, end sleeves around your waist height. On the other hand, if you don’t have a defined waist, end your sleeves above or below your waist. Also, if you have large hips, avoid ending sleeves at the wrists. Take note that a higher armhole and slimmer sleeve will make your body look longer and slimmer too.

If you wish to highlight or downplay your bust…

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The eye draws a horizontal line across your body where sleeves end. So, if you’re large busted, avoid a sleeve that ends near your bust peak, instead go for a shorter or longer sleeve. This way, you’ll look more balanced and proportional. On the contrary, if you have a small bust and want it to look larger then end sleeves at the bust peak. Like fashion blogger Dawilda Gonzalez, you may go for a higher sleeve on your dress that will draw the eye to your face, especially if you wear a pair of statement earrings.

If you wish to balance your arms…

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Full upper arms need a sleeve that either covers, or doesn’t have a horizontal hem. Remember, diagonal hems work well as they move the eye away from the arm and don’t create a broadening effect. If you wish to add some volume to your slim arms, go for puff sleeves or banded sleeves that can balance your frame. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to pick the most flattering sleeves for your frame.

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