Darren Kennedy: Art on your sleeves – bigger is better for this throwback trend

You might have noticed that there’s a certain 1980s throwback going on right now when it comes to sleeves. The bigger, the better, seems to be many fashion designers’ motto this season.

Beloved Copenhagen-based label Ganni’s puff sleeve broderie anglaise dress with diamanté buttons (below) has already been doing the rounds on Instagram, while the high street looks to the likes of Ulla Johnson and Rodarte’s dreamy collections to inspire their buy-it-now offerings.

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Luckily, many retailers have nailed it, so you can try your hand at this retro trend in real time.

Granted, 24-year-old supermodels can generally pull off most trends, but Gigi Hadid makes a convincing case for the cropped blazer and baggy mom jeans combo. At a recent party in Saks Fifth Avenue in collaboration with Virgil Abloh’s Off-White label, Hadid wore a cargo jeans and a cropped metallic blazer from the AW 2019 collection.

One for the boys

As summer, and hopefully, warm weather approaches, figuring out what to do with longer hair can get a bit tricky. Luckily, slicked back styles are trending at the moment and, when done right, can be a smart option for a wedding or formal event. Want to know the secret to a neat look? Clean hair! Trying to style day-old locks, over the remnants of gel or other products will only create a flat, greasy look. Start with freshly shampooed and conditioned hair and massage a coin-size amount of paste through the hair before combing backwards paying attention to where the natural parting is. Done and done.

Hair paste, €24, Sachajuan from mrporter.com

Top Tip

A puff sleeve mini dress is a sweet way to pull off this trend: but you don’t want to run the risk of looking like you’re about to make your Holy Communion. Add an edge by pairing yours with chunky black Dr Martens or biker boots and a leather jacket.

Wish list

Allegra croc-effect leather shoulder bag, €575, By Far, netaporter.com

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