Bodacious statement sleeves are an effortless and chic runway trend to emulate this year.
Sophia Mitrokostas previously reported for Insider that statement sleeves plucked straight from the 1980s will have their moment in the spotlight this year.
Runway models for Givenchy, Balmain, and other luxury fashion houses wore the bold, big-shoulder look during the Spring 2021 season. Fashion stylist Lana Blanc pointed Insider specifically to bell and balloon sleeves, which are visually dynamic but don’t sacrifice warmth.
Mimi G is totally on board with this particular trend. “You know what’s fun about the statement sleeve trend is that it can transform the most basic thing into something so amazing,” she said.
According to Mimi G, whose Sew it! Academy offers a course on sleeve designs, this trend is easy for beginners to tackle. What can send newer sewists into an accidental tizzy, however, is proportions.
“If you ask almost any sewist, they’ll probably tell you they sew half-naked because they’re constantly sewing and checking how it fits,” Mimi G said with a laugh.
“The size of your shoulders, the size of your bust, or the difference between your upper body and your lower body — you really have to know those things,” she added.
Mimi G suggested that people follow their instincts rather than a set pattern and reference a mirror.
“I think so many people, when learning something new, feel like they have to follow the instructions exactly,” said Mimi G, “but a lot of times it’s basic common sense.”
“You can look in the mirror and say, ‘I should bring up this hemline a little bit because I’m short and it’s not flattering,'” she continued.
Her YouTube tutorial for a DIY Puff Sleeve Bodycon Dress has more than 143,100 views so far.
“You have to be adventurous in your sewing journey and understand that small changes make a big difference,” she said.