When Aishwarya Rai Bachchan walked the Cannes red carpet in 2012 dressed in a full sleeved Elie Saab gown, everyone assumed it was a great way to cover up her newly acquired plus size figure. However, over the months, many celebrities with figures to die for have been spotted in similar outfits and the trend is only getting stronger.
Last year pretty much every designer experimented with long sleeved gowns. This included big names such as Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, Valentino and Versace. The creations ranged from clean minimalist pieces by Calvin Klein, net and lace show stopper gowns by Alexander McQueen (remember Sonam Kapoor at Cannes?) to edgy peekaboo outfits by Prabal Gurung (that Deepika Padukone recently rocked in the Filmfare Awards). Sabyasachi, Sailex Ngairangbam and Rajat K Tangri were amongst the few Indian designers who created long sleeved gowns.
Angelina Jolie has been a long sleeve veteran for quite a while now. She wore a black Versace gown to the Oscars in 2000. Then there was the emerald green Versace full sleeved gown she wore to the Golden Globes in 2011. For the Berlin premiere of Land of Blood and Honey in 2011, she wore a gold Jenny Packham and a grey silk cashmere Ralph & Russo. This was followed by black lace and high slit Michael Kors creation for the 2012 Producers Guild Awards. The other Hollywood celebs who adopted this trend include fashion plates such as Paris Hilton, Rihanna, Jenifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel and Miley Cyrus. Closer home, Sonam wore long sleeved gowns long before it was a popular trend. New Bollywood long sleeve converts include Freida Pinto, Deepika Padukone, Neha Dhupia and Gauhar Khan.
Unlike other silhouettes, the long sleeved gowns allow the designers to play around with textures and embellishment details on the sleeve. It is also quite flattering on women irrespective of age or size, especially on those with bulky arms. We think it’s time you invested in a piece of your own. Here are a few tips on how to wear this trend right:
- Wear a gown in dark blue, black, maroon or emerald green with lace detailing.
- Go for bold prints only if you are tall and slim, else it can be overwhelming.
- If you want to flash some skin, go for either a plunging neckline or a scooped back or a high leg slit.
- Accessorise with a box clutch, minimalist jewellery and strappy heels.
- Leave your hair loose or tie it in a nape bun (in case of a backless gown).