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Designers shift focus to sleeves,  turning them into canvases for funky embellishments, dramatic drapes and oversized silhouettes. From Phillip Lim to Samant Chauhan to Huemn, here’s our pick of statement sleeves.

Blue belle
From resort wear label, Turquoise and Gold’s Spring Summer 16 collection comes this striking blue jumpsuit, perfect for your quick monsoon vacay. Made from silk crepe, the highlight is the dramatically slashed sleeves that feature pom pom detailing on the edges. A plunging back adds to its appeal. Rs 12,250. At UB City, Vittal Mallya Road. Details: 41527971

Bare necessity ItList7
If it’s favoured by the Jenner sisters, then you’ve certainly got to have it, and this one from their line Kendall + Kylie is a winner in our books. Blending together the bare shoulder and statement sleeve trends, the top is made from cotton and features a zip closure at the back. Wear with a high-waisted denim skirt to keep it casual or a pair of high waisted black trousers for a night on the town. Rs 8,550 approximately on neimanmarcus.com

Tied up ItList5
For something a tad more  laidback, opt for this  cotton-chambray number from Tibi. Tapping into the ‘cold shoulder’ trend of the season,  this one stands out thanks to the wrap-around ties at the wrists. Tuck it into a pair of white  distressed jeans and you’re good to go. Rs 41,800 approximately on netaporter.com

Vision in white ItList2
If it’s drama you want, this number by Samant Chauhan has got it in spades. The dress is crafted from an off-white netted fabric and features dabka and zari work in hues of pink, gold and green.However, it’s the sleeves that immediately draw your attention — crafted to look like a cape, they go all the way down, below the hips. Rs 66,600 approximately. At Shahpur Jat, New Delhi. Details: 011 26494621

Panel discussion ItList3
Funky, quirky and edgy, this crisp white shirt is the way to go if you want to turn some heads at your workplace. Made from pure cotton, the piece has a net sleeve. The panels, attached to the shirt, fall coolly down the arms. Best teamed with skinny jeans or fitted khakhi trousers, we say. Rs 8,400 approximately. At Huemn,  Saidulajab, New Delhi. Details: 011 65000173

Floral update ItList4
Drawing attention to the sleeves, this piece by Deepankshi and Reena features a plain shift dress with stunning sheer sleeves that are roomy and fall gracefully down the arms. Simple, sophisticated and edgy all at the same time, they bear floral embroidered motifs in cheerful pink, purple and green on the sleeves, that starkly contrast the burgundy fabric. Rs 16,900 approx. At Chatri Wala Kuan, New Delhi. Details: 9810310781

ItList06Starry eyed
Sometimes, confusing is the way to go and on such occasions, this top from Phillip Lim should more than make the cut. Featuring a constellation print, we love the coming together of red and burnt orange shades, with a zipper detailing on one sleeve. Apart from delivering on uniqueness, the draped top also scores high on elegance and comfort. Rs 50,350 approx on saksfifthavenue.com

Text: Rashmi Rajagopal Lobo

 

 

 

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