Fashion Glossary: Sleeve Style

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Photo Credits: (from top left) Atlas Wedding Photography, Caroline Ghetes Photography, Picture This Photography, (second row), Jennifer Skog, Laurie Bailey Photography, Carlos Andres Varela Photography, (third row), Nicole Hill Gerulat, Kristin Kasperek Photography, Jeff Greenough, (fourth row) Anika London, VUE Photography, Miguel Pola Photographers.

Fashion Glossary: Sleeve Style

Fashion Glossary: Sleeve Style
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Balloon Sleeve Balloon: A sleeve shaped full over the upper arm and narrowed from the elbow to wrist. Fuller at the top.
Bell Bell: A sleeve that is narrow at the armhole and wide and uncuffed at the wrist as seen in choir gowns.
Bishop Bishop: A long sleeve which is full below the elbow and gathered or left loose at the wrist.
Cap Cap: A small, short sleeve which sits on the shoulder, either forming a stiff cap or falling on to the arm to provide minimal coverage.
Dolman Dolman: Cut as an extension of the bodice, the dolman sleeve is designed without a socket for the shoulder, creating a deep, wide armhole that reaches from the waist to a narrowed wrist. Also called a batwing sleeve.
Fitted Point Fitted Point: A long, narrow sleeve that tapers to a point which rests against the back of the hand.
Gauntlet Gauntlet: A long sleeve featuring a generous pouf at the shoulder/upper arm, then a detachable, glove-like piece which tapers to a fitted point. Also, gloves with close-fitting hands and long, wide arms reaching almost to the elbow.
Juliet Juliet: A long sleeve featuring a high point at the top of the shoulder; often narrows to a fitted point.
Leg of Mutton Leg of Mutton: (Also known as a Gigot sleeve) a loose, full sleeve, rounded from the shoulder to just below the elbow, then shaped to the arm, often ending in a point at the wrist.
Poet Poet: A sleeve that is gathered at shoulder and very full from shoulder to cuff.
Pouf Pouf: A full sleeve created by generous gathering around the armhole; of varying lengths.
Spaghetti Strap Spaghetti Strap: A thin tubular strap that attaches to the bodice, named for the likeness to a strand of spaghetti.
Tulip Tulip: A short sleeve that criss-crosses over the biceps of the arm. Also knows as the petal, criss-crossed or overlapped sleeve.
 Bodice  |  Gown Length  |  Neckline  |  Separates  |  Silhouette  |  Skirt Details  |  Sleeve Length  |  Sleeve Style  |  Train Style  |  Waistline