A dolman sleeve is a type of sleeve with a very large armhole and tight cuff, and they are incredibly popular for sweaters, shawls, wraps and jackets this fall. They lend themselves to comfy knits and add Eastern-style drama to what would otherwise just be a snug way to bundle-up. Nothing wrong with bundling yourself in a cocoon of warmth during frigid temperatures, but it's nice not to look like a snowman, if possible, and that's where the dolman sleeve steps in, for us at least. We became converts to this trend last winter and love the modern-hippie-folkloric vibe they sort of give an outfit, and we highly recommend you give it a try.
Finding the right silhouette for your body shape is key. While the dolman is an especially forgiving shape for large upper arms, they can swallow-up ladies with shorter torsos. Avoid turtleneck styles if you're petite, and pick thinner, drapey fabrics over chunky knits for a slimmer look. I usually layer mine over a long-sleeve, tight-fitting tissue tee that's the same hue but a different value than my dolman, ie. charcoal gray with light gray. And pick a narrow, fitted pant for your bottom half. The most current trend I'm loving is pairing your dolman sleeve top with skinny jeans or leggings and fab boots.
Get your dose of dolman sleeves with one of these affordable, fashionable finds...
Above: Dolman Cowl-Neck Sweater, also available in white, grey, black, red or raspberry, Express.com, $69.50
INC International Concepts® Belted Dolman-Sleeve Cardigan Sweater
Free People Textured Dolman Cardigan, Tobi.com, $108
Dolman Tunic, Forever21.com, $19.80
Dolman Cardigan by Penélope & Mónica Cruz for MANGO, ref. 73212725 at mangoshop.com, $119
Dolman Sleeve Tunic, also available in brown, ShopBarbara.com, $44