It’s Happening: Extra-Long Sleeves Are A Real-Life Trend

Photographed by Victoria Adamson.
Historically, Fashion Week street style showcases the pieces from the upcoming season, regardless of how much they disagree with the weather report. In February, the most coveted items from spring runways — however sheer and lightweight they may be — strategically peek through sensible coats and jackets. In September, you wipe the sweat off your brow and pull on your thick fall wares. While we've come to expect this seasonal dissonance, something strange was brewing in Milan this week. Blame it on the vino, but the autumnal sleeves seemed to be a little loosey-goosey, ranging from long (normal), longer (not so normal), to longest (uh, what?).

We're already expecting Spaghetti Sauce Sleeves to make it big, but the third leg of Fashion Month made it clear that it's already a bona fide, real-deal, on-the-streets trend. Granted, there are benefits to extra-extra-long limb coverage. (Oh, you thought I could open the door for myself, did you?) However, there are also a lot of unanswered questions. How can you double-fist gelato? How are you to 'gram Bar Luce? Ahead, the full spectrum of sleeve lengths seen at Milan Fashion Week.

More from Fashion

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Documentary
Five love stories behind diverse, multicultural marriages.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Life experiments, 5 days at a time.
Watch Now
Fashion
The style of subculture.
Watch Now
Beauty
Viral trends, tried and tested.
Watch Now
Documentary
From vibrators to lipstick, learn how your favorite products are made.
Watch Now
Documentary
Extraordinary, one-of-a-kind individuals
Watch Now
Documentary
The latest stories to watch.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Inside the homes of millennial women — & what they paid for them
Watch Now
Comedy
Let's talk about sex, baby.
Watch Now
Documentary
Female artisans around the world
Watch Now
Politics
Made by and for smart, opinionated women.
Watch Now
Film
We helped 12 female directors claim their power.