Trumpet, bell, bows and ruffles – this season it seems your sleeve is nothing without an embellishment or a bold shape. Eating disasters aside, a statement sleeve is a great way to update an otherwise simple outfit and works day to night too. Here are a few of my current favourites.

 Gingham (especially monochrome) is set to be a big trend this spring, so this top ticks quite a few boxes. I’d wear it with light blue jeans and red accessories.

Gingham flute sleeve top, £34, Topshop.

Frilly shirt, £29.99, Zara.

I will never not be drawn to a shirt in a blue candy-striped print; they’re a bit like Breton tops, I can’t get enough of them. But the large ruffles and classy cuffs of this top elevate it to more of a dressy blouse. The positioning of the frills helps to widen your top half and make your waist/hips appear smaller which is good is you’re a little pear-shaped (like me).

I love the simplicity of this cropped sweater, which will work well with high-waisted trousers and midi-skirts. The sleeves offer a quieter statement so it’s a good entry-level piece if you’re not sure about the trend. It’s also available in a nice warm pink colour.

Flute sleeved sweater, £35, M&S

I have this navy top myself and have been waiting for the weather to warm up a bit to wear it. It has a nice exposed zip fastening on the reverse and the fabric has a pretty sheen. I’ll give it a spin soon and report back!

Navy Walter top, £89, Plumo

Marks & Spencer has got a great range of tops in this season, with a variety of sleeve details but I love these crisp bows, just big enough to balance out the dimensions of the blouse and available in, yes you guessed it, a blue and white striped print too (how would I decide?)

Cotton long-sleeved shirt, £39.50, M&S 

If it still feels too nippy for shirting, this is another great sweater which has got both the ruffle thing going on as well as properly drapey cuffs (watch out if you’re eating soup!). But thinking practically, they would create a great look when poking out beneath your coat sleeves and help to keep your hands warm too!?

Pattern knit jumper, £34.99, H&M

How pretty is this blouse? There’s something very romantic about it (almost a little Pierrot-like?). I think it would look great worn underneath a large v-necked sweater and then would make a lovely statement top come the warmer months.

Ruffle print blouse, £35.99, Mango 

Do you think you’ll be joining in with this trend? I’ve rounded up a few more examples if you’re not convinced:

P.S. Can you tell that I’m desperate for Spring yet already?


Kathryn //

I love my Plumo top, it’s been out on a dinner date so far and no eating disasters!! 🙂


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