It’s the time of year when you adventure into the dusty depths of your closet and pull out every nubby knit, woolly hat, and long-sleeved item you own. To help you become better acquainted with the winter wear you’re unearthing, we’ve pinpointed four types of sleeves and given you a brief rundown on their characters.
Trumpet Sleeve — A sleeve that begins at the natural armhole and carries straight on down to the elbow, where it flares out into a trumpet-esque form.
Raglan – A sleeve, generally of 1/2 or 3/4 length, that sweeps up to the neckline via diagonal seams that angle from the underarm to the neckline. Circa 1850s.
Bishop — A full sleeve that becomes more billowy as it travels down the arm to the wrist, where it is then gathered with a cuff.
Amadis – A close-fitting sleeve, often with a pleated, slighty puffed shoulder, that ends in a tight, buttoned cuff at the wrist.
Which style of sleeve would you like to wear to ‘arm’ yourself against the cold this season?