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Sleeve talk

Just as the drop in mercury dictates, designers and boutiques across the country have been seized by a flurry of activity with the much-coveted onset of winter. Out have gone the comfortable cottons and the breezy voiles with their bright summer prints, and in has come the longer sleeves in greyer hues and thicker materials.

Sometimes you have to state the absolutely bleeding obvious for quite a long time before you get heard. A long-sleeve top, or long-sleeve dress if you can find one looks much smarter and more elegant than a nice dress with a cardie over it.

In response to changing temperatures, designer Chondona Dewan, of Chondon explains her new collection dominated by extended lengths, heavier fabrics and more solid colours. Seasonal style statements however, need not be as grey and dull as Dhaka's winter skies she continues, and elements of appeal can be brought into outfits by means of variations in cut, colour and texture.

Sleeves, for example, can be both fitted and flared; and flared extravagantly at that. If you do choose to do the latter, a good option is to line the insides with a contrast shade of silk or satin, lending not only an additional colour to your outfit, but an aspect of visual interest as well.

Chondona has made use of pashmina, wool, silk and cotton in her winter line, befitting them for outdoor events just as well as evening affairs, when temperatures are generally lower than they are during the day. She goes on to explain that owing to less heat and humidity, winter also affords the increased use of embellishments, be they patchwork-ed, sequined, or thickly bordered ensembles.

This winter, experiment with sleeve lengths, cuts and colours; after all without the stifling heat of the yestermonths, what reason might there be to not go long?

Lifestyle suggests
Necessity will dictate much of your wardrobe choices-wool over cotton, pashminas instead of dupattas, ballerina flats opposed to sandals- but that does not mean you are caught without choice. Experiment with sleeve lengths and cuts this season and add a bit of variety to your outfit. Don't be afraid to be a little out there; come summer, and it does come back painfully soon in Bangladesh, the choking heat will permit nothing but short, capped sleeves once again. So go ahead and exploit this borrowed heaven, for it is only in the upcoming couple of months that your arms will not suffocate in varying lengths and widths. Play around with our picks below and jazz up your winter tops, jackets, cardigans and kameezes.

Lantern
The newest sleeve to hit the ruwnay in recent collections is the lantern sleeve. The lantern sleeve is a full, gathered sleeve attached to a drop-shouldered garment; it can be either a long or short sleeve look. It's seen on everything from jackets to dresses.

Fit Tip: Great for camouflaging flabby upper arms. Best on narrow shoulders/slim upper body types (wide shoulders, full busts are just emphasized by this voluminous sleeve).

Kimono
Loose, wide sleeves hit anywhere from short to wrist length are called kimono sleeves. This voluminous look borrows its style from traditional Japanese wardrobe where the wearer's age and marital status was indicated through sleeve length (young unmarried women wore the longest sleeves).

The best way to pull off this much volume is by wearing the top or dress belted, like this Michael Kors top.

Fit Tip: The kimono sleeve adds loads of volume on top, so it's best for smaller busted women. Kimono sleeves, when worn with a belted top are great for adding balance to a bottom-heavy figure.

Balloon
A very full sleeve - -usually 3/4-length or longer -- that has a banded bottom is called a balloon sleeve.

Fit Tip: Balloon sleeves are a perfect way to add softness to a small upper body and draw the eye away from a thick waist or any lower body problem areas.

Bell
A full sleeve that is gathered at the shoulder and open at the cuff is cal led a bell sleeve.

Fit Tip: One of the easiest of the dramatic sleeves to wear, the bell sleeve -- especially if done in a soft, flowing fabric -- adds controlled fullness that is flattering to most body types.

What's in this winter
We bring to you a quick set of winter dos and donts that will work well as general guidelines to any winter wardrobe!

Do not let this Black Trouser moment go to waste
Right now, a simple pair of black or charcoal trousers is a hot ticket fashion item. Obviously, if you are a trouser girl you don't actually need a signed permission to wear them, but the fashionability is still relevant. There are currently great trousers to be had, so you may as well take advantage of that, but there is no denying a black formal trouser that is a perfect fit paired with shirts or pullovers is definitely an evening get together wear.

Wear red
The absolute highest compliment one can pay anything during November and December is wearing red - it's Christmassy! For this reason red has been decreed the new black and in this season of carols and celebrations, red will prove to be the most never-go-wrong option of all.

-LS Desk


Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Taskin
Wardrobe: Chondon
Make-up and Hair style: Farzana Shakil

In response to changing temperatures, designer Chondona Dewan, of Chondon explains her new collection dominated by extended lengths, heavier fabrics and more solid colours. Seasonal style statements however, need not be as grey and dull as Dhaka's winter skies she continues, and elements of appeal can be brought into outfits by means of variations in cut, colour and texture.

 


 

 

 
 

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