Saturday, July 9, 2011

What's the Word on "Batwing" Sleeves??

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Veronica M. Batwing dress in palm canyon
Veronica M. Batwing dress in mojito

Here at Mink we recently received a shipment of Veronica M.'s lovely "Batwing" style dress. Personally, this is one of my favorite styles from the designer. It's simultaneously trendy and flattering, while maintaining the wear-ability of her other designs. However, those unfamiliar with this contemporary adaptation of the dolman style sleeve may ask: what exactly is going on here??

As you may suspect, the dolman sleeve is not a new trend. In fact, it originated in Turkey in the Middle Ages where it served the purpose of simplifying the production of garments. In the early 1900s the fashion world became fascinated with the east and the dolman sleeve was appropriated into many designs. The style quickly became associated with effortless elegance. In the 1970s the trend blossomed once more, showing up on dresses and tops in various prints and fabrics.

The "batwing" version of the dolman sleeve is a product of the 1980s, during which the sleeve was featured on both formal attire and sportswear. Its popularity during this time is attributed to the fact that the voluminous shoulders and sleeves created the illusion of a smaller waist. I believe the style stills serves this purpose today! On the Veronica M. dresses there is a fitted band that encircles the smallest part of the waist. The contrast of the fitted v-neck collar and narrow waist, along with the billowy sleeves makes this style fit like a dream! No fussing and adjusting with this one--throw it on and you're good to go!



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