Slashed sleeves aren’t exactly new: they were a hot fashion trend at least as far back as Shakespeare’s time! They’re a way to reveal some skin while still remaining a bit covered up. Blake Lively has perhaps the most wearable take on the trend: a light colored blouse that can be paired with simple slacks, heels, and a few well-chosen fashion accessories.
Jessica Simpson combines slashed sleeves with a short hem. It’s daring, but the look might be more flattering on someone with a more straight up-and-down figure. Then again, it’s probably more the blouson top’s lack of a defined waist that distracts from the look rather than the sleeves. Rebecca Hall wears the slashed sleeve trend it in a long, draped dress that gives a long, lean line head to toe.
But these aren’t the only places you’ll see slashed sleeves. They’re on everything from dresses to blouses to tees and sweaters. You’ll even see slashed sleeves in very sweet ladylike short sleeved tops. Keep in mind that slashed sleeves of any length do break up the lines of your upper half, so you’re best off keeping the rest of your silhouette simple.