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Make it work for work: Statement sleeves

Backstage at Monse SS18
Fashion

You’d be forgiven for thinking that statement sleeves are more off-duty than office-appropriate, but with a few simple styling tricks, they’re more than up to the job. Not only will extra-long lengths, exposed shoulders and puffed sleeves slot seamlessly into your existing 9-to-5 wardrobe, they’ll also breathe new life into corporate classics and make the desk-to-dinner debacle a thing of the past. Scroll down to discover the styles set to reign supreme and how to make them work for work…

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Monse SS18

EXPOSED SHOULDERS

This look is all about balance: temper the drama of a directional sweater by pairing it with a workwear classic – in this case, the pencil skirt. Yes, you’re pushing the envelope in office-fashion terms, but isn’t that the point? Clean lines cut from neat checks ensure that, despite the extra skin, this look is a smart move.

  • Johannes button-embellished cutout cotton sweater
    $980.00
  • San Marco adjustable striped cotton-sateen top
    $490.00
  • Hilda one-shoulder striped silk-blend twill top
    $920.00
  • Cold-shoulder cropped cable-knit wool-blend sweater
    $1,100.00

THE PUFF SLEEVE

Familiarize yourself with this silhouette, because the puff sleeve is huge for SS18. These souped-up shirts work with everything, and we’ve put a Post-It on our workwear favorites. Heritage fabrics in the form of old-school slacks make for a compelling clash of textures, plus they add a more appropriate androgynous edge to billowing blouses.

  • Somma striped cotton-poplin top
    $480.00
  • Oversized striped cotton-poplin shirt
    $980.00
  • Wight silk-jacquard shirt
    $1,295.00
  • Delphina ruched striped silk-twill midi dress
    $1,195.00
Balance statement sleeves with classic straight-leg pants, as stylist Rachael Wang did at Paris Fashion Week SS18
Discreet slit details add a chic twist to the gathered sleeves of this Roksanda dress

GREAT LENGTHS

Flowing, fluted sleeves might be synonymous with romance, but that doesn’t mean they’re out of bounds when it comes to boardroom dressing. Let extra-long sleeves set the tone for an elegant outfit by opting for a quietly impactful, ankle-length dress. Add a waist-cinching belt to create a stronger silhouette, and take your seat at the table.

  • Aruna draped piqué midi dress
    $2,375.00
  • Micah cotton-seersucker and hammered silk-satin dress
    $2,135.00
  • Reuben ruffled crepe midi dress
    $895.00
  • Kanika silk-blend satin-seersucker shirt
    $830.00

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