What's With All The Extra Sleeves At New York Fashion Week?

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We've seen intentionally too-long sleeves. We've seen street style mainstays wear their jackets over their shoulders, letting the arms hang at their sides. We've seen countless runway ensembles that look purposefully disheveled, with strings and cuts of extra fabric dangling down. But this season at New York Fashion Week, sleeve manipulation has reached a new, all encompassing level: It's gone so far, in fact, that designers are adding superfluous sleeves to garments...on purpose.

Now, don't get us wrong. We're all about getting innovative with traditional styling techniques. But it's difficult to understand the purpose of adding additional sleeves to garments that are just for show. It may not be logical, but the collections from Thom Browne, Hood by Air, and even Rihanna's highly buzzed about FENTY Puma by Rihanna line have us coming up with ways to wear the sleeved garments we already own.

Whether you choose to embrace the trend or not, there's no denying that octopus-like extra sleeves are having a moment. Click on to see how the runways are showing them and decide for yourself: Will you jump on this sartorial bandwagon?
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How many sleeves can you count?

Hood by Air
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These are going to get real dirty, real fast.

Hood by Air
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Can you tell which sleeves are in use and which ones aren't?

Hood by Air
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We call this style the fashion octopus.

FENTY Puma by Rihanna
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Get the Rihanna look by wearing your jacket (or in this case, bodysuit) half-on, half-off.

FENTY Puma by Rihanna
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*Squints eyes to try and figure out what's going on here.*

FENTY Puma by Rihanna
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The extra-sleeves trend isn't limited to just tops.

Thom Browne
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Is there some double-sided tape holding that jacket to her shoulder, or is it just magic?

Thom Browne
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Spotted: a furry iteration.

Thom Browne
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You can stick your hands into these when they get cold.

Thom Browne
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See that excess fabric on her left arm? Yup, it's another sleeve.

Thom Browne
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We're not sure how warm this garment's going to keep you, but at least your one arm will be cozy.

Hervé Léger
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You might not be able to lift your arms above your head, but at least you'll look really cool.

Hervé Léger
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