Read and discover the many different types of sleeves and their variations in our definitive fashion words dictionary below.
Types of Sleeves in Fashion
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.
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.
Bishop (N.) [bish–uh p] A loose sleeve, poofy at the lower half and gathered at the wrist with large cuffs.
Butterfly (N.) [buht-er-flahy] Short cap versions of bell sleeves are called butterfly sleeves.
Cap (N.) [kap] A cap sleeve is a short sleeve that covers just the top of the shoulder.
Cold-Shoulder (N.) [kohld shohl-der] Cold-shoulder sleeves are those that have cut-outs at the shoulder.
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.
Floor-Touching (N.) [flohr tuhch-ing] Types of sleeves that are long, flowy and reach the floor are called as floor-touching sleeves.
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.
Kimono (N.) [kuh–moh-noh] Inspired by Japanese culture, kimono sleeves have deep armholes and are long and flowy.
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.
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.
Peasant (N.) [pez–uh 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.
Petal (N.) [pet-l] A sleeve made up of two petal shaped panels that overlap each other is called petal sleeve.
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.
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.
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.
Slit sleeves (N.) [slit slee-vz] Sleeves that have a long vertical slash or slit on them are called slit sleeves. Also see slashed sleeves.