Read and discover the many different types of sleeves and their variations in our definitive fashion words dictionary below.

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Angel (N.) [eyn-juh l] Long flowy sleeves that are fitted at the top and flare out like angel wings with asymmetric ends at the wrist are known as angel sleeves.

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Nordic Poetry

Batwing (N.) [bat-wing] Resembling the wings of a bat, batwing sleeves have a deep armhole, till atleast the waist level and are usually fitted at the wrist. Also dolman sleeves.

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Amazon

Bell (N.) [bel] Types of sleeves that are fitted at the top and flared out at the bottom are called as bell sleeves. Also half bell sleeves.

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H&M

Bishop (N.) [bishuh p] A loose sleeve, poofy at the lower half and gathered at the wrist with large cuffs.

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Herve Leger

Butterfly (N.) [buht-er-flahy] Short cap versions of bell sleeves are called butterfly sleeves.

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Dutch Groovers

Cap (N.) [kap] A cap sleeve is a short sleeve that covers just the top of the shoulder.

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Ajio

Cold-Shoulder (N.) [kohld shohl-der] Cold-shoulder sleeves are those that have cut-outs at the shoulder.

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Vera Wang

Flamenco (N.) [flah-meng-koh] Inspired by the Spanish dance costume, flamenco sleeves are fitted at the forearm and flared out into tiered ruffles at the end.

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Tamara Flamenco

Floor-Touching (N.) [flohr tuhch-ing] Types of sleeves that are long, flowy and reach the floor are called as floor-touching sleeves.

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De Belle

Juliet (N.) [joo-lee-uh t] A juliet sleeve is commonly found in medieval fashion and has poofiness just at the top above an abrupt seam, after which the sleeve is tight and fitted.

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Moda Operandi

Kimono (N.) [kuhmoh-noh] Inspired by Japanese culture, kimono sleeves have deep armholes and are long and flowy.

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AliExpress

Mutton Leg (N.) [muht-n leg] A mutton leg sleeve is similar to the juliet but the poofiness is more gradual, without any seams and cinches at the wrists.

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Elie Saab

Off-Shoulder (N.) [awf shohl-der Sleeves that don’t have anything going over the shoulders and begin at the upper arm are called off-shoulder sleeves.

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Forever 21

Peasant (N.) [pezuh nt] Inspired by hippie culture, peasant sleeve is a type of loose sleeve with poofy shoulders that’s cinched at the wrist with a cuff.

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Calvin Klein

Petal (N.) [pet-l] A sleeve made up of two petal shaped panels that overlap each other is called petal sleeve.

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AliExpress

Victorian sleeves (N.) [vik-toh-ri-uhn sleevz] A current trend of the styles of sleeves that first became popular during the Victorian era, or during the 19th century, such as Bishop sleeves, mutton-leg sleeves, juliet sleeves. Read about the Victorian sleeves trend in Fall/Winter 2018 fashion trend forecast.

Puff (N.) [puhf] Puff sleeves are short and gathered to create poofiness. Also puffed sleeves.

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Shopbop

Raglan (N.) [rag-luh n] A type of sleeve that starts at the collar and goes down diagonally towards the underarm is known as raglan sleeve.

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Forever 21

Slashed sleeves (N.) [slash-d slee-vz] Sleeves that have a multiple short or long slashes or slits within them are called slashed sleeves. Slashes may be horizontal or vertical. Also see slit sleeves.

slashed-sleeves-topSlit sleeves (N.) [slit slee-vz] Sleeves that have a long vertical slash or slit on them are called slit sleeves. Also see slashed sleeves.

Elisabetta Franchi