Sleeve Trend Alert - 2021 Guide

Sleeve Trend Alert - 2021 Guide

Modest fashion is ultimately all about longer sleeves and longer hemlines, without compromising on the latest trends. 

We have listed the different sleeve lengths you could get to achieve a modest look:

  1. Elbow sleeves 
    Modest evening dress with elbow sleeves covers from the shoulder till the elbow. This style of sleeve only covers the upper half arm. Although it can be worn to all occasions, it is most suited for a formal event.
  2. 3/4 sleeves
    Pretty self-explanatory, this type of sleeve covers from the shoulder till a few inches below the elbow. This sleeve type gives an extremely elegant look. 
  3. Bracelet sleeve
    Bracelet is right between 3/4 sleeves and long sleeves. This sleeve style is popular among hijab wearers as it covers the whole arm, giving some space for wrist jewellery. 
  4. Long sleeves
    A long sleeve ends at the wrist or slightly beyond the wrist, providing full coverage while flattering all body types. This is the sleeve style of choice for winter events, but illusion long sleeves made out of lace or net fabric can also be worn to summer events. This sleeve style makes the arms appear longer and adds a sophisticated feel to the outfit.
Now that we have gone through the different sleeve lengths that will allow you to pull a modest look.
We wanted you all to know that statement sleeves are trending - from balloon sleeves to open-hem sleeves! To help you stay on top of trends, we have rounded up the top 5 sleeves trends to look for when hunting for a modest evening dress.  
The length of this sleeve can be adjusted as per the coverage you desire.
Juliet Sleeves
Thanks to Bridgerton, it's all about the renaissance period this year - this means long sleeves that are puffed up at the shoulders and form-fitting on the the rest of the arm are back! If you're tired of the basic form-fitting sleeves and want to experiment a more vintage look than hunt for a modest dress with Juliet sleeves and give it an ultimate modest fashion look! 
Bell sleeve 
Bell sleeve has a full oversized flare at the hem giving it a bell shape. Modest dresses with bell sleeves are typically simple and minimal as the sleeves tend to give it a more extravagant look. 
Slit sleeves design :
This style has a long vertical slit - this type of sleeve is best if you're going for a fancy look and is easy to cover up if you wear the hijab. The slit also gives space for movement, which gives it a light and airy feel.  Take a look at this Shimmi dress with slit sleeves:
Bishop sleeves.
Bishop sleeve are long, puffed sheer sleeves that are flowy and gathered at the hem. The beauty of this type of sleeve is the versatility - as it achieves a different silhouette depending on the fabric. Fabrics such as chiffon and silk create an elegant look. 
Dolman sleeves
This type of sleeve is an extension of the bodice itself, it is very wide at armhole and fitted at the wrist. Evening dresses with dolman sleeves could come in any length mentioned above, it just depends on how much coverage you desire. Evening dresses with dolman sleeves are ideal for women with a larger upper body as the rounded curve of the body helps soften wider shoulders.