5 ways to wear the structured sleeve trend this season

In partnership with
backgroundLayer 1
Add this article to your list of favourites

Sleek, smart and perfect for now. Here’s why this silhouette will become your autumn go-to…

As the weather turns colder, we’re packing away our floaty summer styles in favour of something a little more covered up. This season, the sleek stand-out style is all about the structured sleeve. 

Perfectly put together but entirely nonchalant with a pleasing hint of retro, tailored sleeves evoke the 1970s bourgeois muses who stalked the runway for a/w 2019.

Inspired by Left Bank Parisienne chic, shoulder and sleeve details add an instant feminine edge to an outfit.

A dash of tailoring that puts the emphasis on the upper arm, this kind of detailing is guaranteed to elevate your look - maximum impact, minimum effort. 

Here’s how you should be styling your sleeves this season…

  • 1. Vintage glamour

    To strike a Studio 54 note, this bold red dress is just the ticket. The neatly puffed sleeve lends the silhouette enough structure to ensure a dressed-up edge, and pairing with a mini feels very now. 

    Heeled boots make it modern and versatile, while a cross-body croc-effect bag will hold all your essentials (this may be its first outing, but trust us, it won’t be its last). 

    Then add gold hoop earrings, a this-season favourite and the perfect final statement.

  • 2. '70s Tailoring

    For daywear, we love this houndstooth print blouse. 

    The structured sleeve blousons at the elbow, then nips into a slimfit wrist, while the pussy bow tie is the perfect bourgeois note.

    How to style it? We say a suit. The tailored duo shows no signs of falling out of style favour. 

    Opt for burgundy to keep things interesting (note the vintage-inspired wide lapels and double-breasting).

    For instant work-day chic, mock-croc loafers say sleek with a retro edge.

  • 3. Cosy femininity

    Add this printed puff-sleeve number to your arsenal. Along with the perfectly voluminous arms, the necktie garners bonus bourgeois points, while the darkly floral print feels dressed up without being OTT.

    Pair with this season’s favourite skirt silhouette – a high-waisted, slim-fit midi cut in a cosy knit fabric that’s great for chillier days.

    We love a hint of heel, so we’ve added burgundy boots, though loafers would work as well here.

    Finish with a classic teddy bear coat. After all, you can never rely on the weather… 

  • 4. Eye-catching eveningwear

    Evening plans? Slip into this emerald jumpsuit. 

    In textured velvet with an oversized waist buckle and v-neck, it’s straight out of the 1970s. 

    We love the subtle structure of the sleeve - there’s just enough gathering to feel dressed up.

    Like the a/w runways, we’ve gone for a retro remix in the styling notes - 1980s high-impact gold earrings and classic ankle strap pumps.

    The final flourish? A boxy sequined bag. This midnight blue is perfect for after dark. 

    Now, it’s time for a negroni…

  • 5. Statement office attire

    Look like you mean business in this perfectly cut satin sheen blouse. 

    Alongside the gathered sleeve, the sleek cuffs and neck tie neatly into this season’s tailored mood – two trends for the price of one.

    Pair it with a midi skirt – the soft grey wool and buttoned details are just right for that segue between the seasons (simply swap the shirt for a chunky knit come the weekend).

    Knee-high boots look great with a midi, while a structured bag looks smart and sleek.

Ready to upgrade your sleeve game? The new a/w collection is available now, either at Reserved’s flagship store at 252-258 Oxford Street or online. Shop now.