Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Let a Lantern Sleeve Light
Up Your Fashion Style

We confess we fell instantly in love with Rachel Pally's Lantern Sleeve Long Dress; we got two at last winter's sample sale. There's something innately flattering about this style of sleeve, especially for us (we are very concerned about ginormous arms).

Kimono, flutter, bell -- all so very five-minutes ago. The hottest sleeve in fashion now: the lantern sleeve.

The lantern sleeve is a full, gathered sleeve attached to a drop-shouldered garment. We're seeing it in a shorter sleeve, 3/4 length as well as in a long sleeve (Blumarine makes a floaty silk print top with long sleeves).

As seen in our photo spread below, the lantern sleeve works on jackets, tops, coats and dresses.

It's an ideal choice for camouflaging flabby upper arms. The look is most flattering on narrow shoulders with smaller bustlines; it's less so on those with larger bustlines.)

Here's a look at just some of the available styles, in a wide-range of price points...

Juicy Couture Lantern Sleeve Fleece Parka

Feminine, fashion-forward, and keeps us cozy, too? Thank you, Juicy.
Fleece jacket with 3-snap and zipper closures at front. Pintucking at front and drawstring at hood and bottom hem. Elastic banding and ruching at back and vertical welt pockets at hip. Ribbed banding at cuffs. Elbow-length sleeves.
30" long.
99% cotton/1% polyester.
Wash cold.
Made in the U.S.A.
Original Price: $278.00