Making a Statement

If you haven't noticed, the statement sleeve garment is currently a huge trend. Walk into any clothing store and you're sure to find a variety of garments with statement making sleeve detail: Bishop Sleeves, Bubble Sleeves, Bell Sleeve...to name a few. After several seasons of off-the-shoulder and cold shoulder looks, it's a natural progression for designers to continue playing with the arms of garments. Don't you think? 

However new this progression may seem, the trend, like most, isn't new at all. If you look back over fashion history, you'll notice the sleeve has been placed into the limelight for centuries, ranging from the Renaissance period to Louis XIV to the Victorian Era, etc, etc, etc. Though the fashions of these periods in time were overwrought, the modern way to make a statement is by allowing the sleeve to become the star of your style story. 

In today's story, my ensemble has characteristics of the 1950's. An era in time when making a statement required women to present themselves at their most feminine best - a masterful skill, and not simply a task. The backdrop of the story takes place in front of a building that reminds me of old New York. Though I'm in a New York state of mind, I'm actually in my beloved Southern California. 

Stay to the end of this post. New York comes into the picture with my next feature in Portraits of Harmony. I hope you enjoy the images.   

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LOFT Bubble Sleeve Tee
LOFT Tortoiseshell Print Square Sunglasses
Vintage black wicker handbag
Black Chain Belt (courtesy of Chico's)

Sartorial Savvy:
  1. A mix of accessories, that carefully blend retro (wicker handbag) with modern, help bring this style story to life. During the 1950s, the woman's waistline was often accentuated. With this look, I chose to accent my waistline by pairing my nipped-at-the-waist skirt with a leather tassel chain belt. The animal print pumps, while still very feminine, keeps the viewer guessing about the mystique of the woman. The pumps also add subtle detail as they incorporate all the colors in the outfit.
  2. Often times you hear and read comments on whether or not a full-busted woman can wear a voluminous sleeve. This is how it can be done. Look for a top constructed in a soft, pliable fabric (such as the one I'm wearing). The soft fabric is less bulky and allows the volume of the sleeve to cascade gently around your arm, rather than around the bust.   

And now my friends, I invite you to go over to STYLE with Glenda K. Harrison to meet my latest feature in Portraits of Harmony - Elle Beerman. Elle is one of my closest cyber friends. She and I met by way of our blogs approximately 5 years ago. When you first begin blogging, it can feel very lonely. You post and you post, and then suddenly, you receive notice that someone has left a comment. Elle was the first person to leave a comment at So What to Twenty! I still smile when I think of the day. You're going to enjoy Elle and her take on style. She definitely knows how to make a statement. She resides in Manhattan, and her city has become an important part of her style story.  
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Portraits of Harmony: Elle Beerman (A Work in Progress)

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  1. I think you did very well, styling this outfit with these sleeves. Which of course is no surprise. You know how to do it. I think it is very feminine and very up to date. I love the shoes and bag with it too.
    Oh and I had fun reading about Elle. I think I follow her as long as I do you, which is a pretty long time.

    1. Thank you Greetje! I love reaching back in time to draw fashion inspiration. The 50s - 70s were important fashion times. Very distinct looks for those decades. It's so hard to distinguish times via fashion these days. Don't you think?

      I'm glad you enjoyed the feature on Elle!

  2. Yes to this outfit & the shooze. I remember well when bishop sleeves were popular and skirt & blouse was approved executive dressing. Another Fantastic look Ms. G. Enjoy!

    1. Thank you Neti! Oh how times have changed. You rarely see anyone dressed for work with skirt and blouse. I remember the strict code of the 80s.

  3. Glenda,
    Love the sleeves, but YOU, my dear, are the STAR of your style story...simply exquisite. Quintessential Glenda.

    1. Aw, Sharon, you're so kind. Thank you! Yes, I am the star :)

  4. Glenda,
    I must say that you do have a very New York vibe to this outfit. I love the pink blouse and the sleeve treatment. Your photography is especially beautiful today also. Thank you so much for featuring me. I really do appreciate that and of course, our beautiful cyber friendship.
    I also love your chic bag and beautiful patterned shoes. Have a wonderful weekend, and stay in a New York State of mind ,❗️
    ❤️❤️❤️ Elle

    1. Elle, it was my pleasure. I'm a fan!
      I loved the outcome of this style story. A perfect meshing of all the parts - location, wardrobe, story. I love it when that happens :)

  5. I like what you did with this ensemble and that you explain your fashion logic.


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