Are You Ready For The Extra-Long Sleeve?

Photo: Courtesy of Topshop
Our editor-in-chief Christene Barberich calls them Spaghetti Sauce Sleeves, and get ready to get sauced, because the extra-lengthy, knuckle-grazing sleeves have been tacked onto crisp oxford shirts, slim-fit layering tees, and sweaters for the past couple seasons are sticking around. On Sunday, Topshop presented its spring 2016 collection and with it the most wearable version of the trend, paired with slim-fit pants; gauzy, high-slit skirts, and knotted belts.

There are two secrets in making this look deliberate, and not like your appendages somehow shrunk six inches over night. First, your shoulders must fit. None of that oversized-all-around thing: Proper tailoring on the top is key. And two: The sleeves have to be long enough that they cover your palm, but not so long that your fingertips can't peek through when you reach out. As long as you've nailed down those two points, the extra-long sleeve can be a subtle way to make those building blocks of your wardrobe — your button-ups, cardigans, jackets, and whatnot — feel a little more edgy. Just avoid wearing them to spaghetti-dinner dates...for obvious reasons.