A loud and proud movement, the cape sleeve, has returned. The slightly 70s-style trend has returned with a touch of modernity. Dresses and shirts are now being designed with big wide sleeves that flare to great lengths.
This is a perfect trend for if you are a little self conscious about your arms or chest, as the sleeves distract attention in the best way possible. It doesn’t matter what size you are, all creatures great and small can feel at home in this trend. Cape sleeves are best worn mini instead of maxi, otherwise you can get weighed down and look swamped with too much material.
If you are looking for a cape sleeve dress to wear on different occasions and mix and match with, plain and block colours are the obvious choices. The Eleventh Hour has some great cape sleeve shirt dresses in black, white and cream, with petite collars that can take you from work to play. Also Trimapee has plain black cape sleeve dresses that can be enlived with some accessories for a night out.
Other brands exhibiting this trend at the moment are Juliette Hogan, Akira and Nana Boutique. Juliette Hogan’s range is feminine and slightly professional/businesslike. The Oyster Cape dress is a gorgeous pearl white colour composed of draped sheer material. Silk and sheer materials are the classiest and most suitable for this season. Akira is a quirky label with some delicate designs and is showcasing sheer cape sleeves. The Boat Neck kaftan in beige has sleeve drapery that is beautiful and soft with some fine patterned detailing. Aside from sheer, silk pieces are also fantastic for the summer. Nana Boutique has affordable silk dresses with wide airy sleeves, such as the Animal print kimono sleeve dress in a few different colours, and the Bejewelled Butterfly sleeve dress. If you’re feeling a little more daring and have some cash to spend, check out Easton Pearson silk dresses in this style. Australian swimwear designers are also catching on to the trend with Samedays Lovin showcasing a few dresses with the cape sleeve trend in some funky prints.
Don’t be shy, spread your wings and fly; release your inner superhero and sport this cape sleeve trend today.