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+20 Fall Fashion Trends of 2020 for the Fans of Unusual Shoulders and Sleeves

The fashion shows of fall/winter 2020 witnessed a lot of new as well as retro designs and trends. And among the aspects that many fashion designers paid great attention to were shoulders and sleeves. Many designs of sleeves that convey different styles and vibes showed up on the runways. In this article, Pouted online magazine will take you on tour among unusual and even bizarre shoulder and sleeve looks that appeared in new ready-to-wear collections of fashion brands for fall/winter 2020.

1 Upper bare, bottom sleeved

The first unusual shoulder and sleeve look we have is from Dries Van Noten, and it is quite breathtaking! No need to say more. Just let your eyes drown in the irresistible combination of black, gold, and silver.

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2 Longer than arms

Sleeves of extra length showed up on the runways of fall/winter 2020. Fashion designer Vera Wang has been known with her extra-long sleeves with bohemian vibes. Salvatore Ferragamo, Lemaire, Dries Van Noten, and Brandon Maxwell also employed the trend but with less extreme length and a more classic manner.

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Vera Wang
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Vera Wang
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Vera Wang
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Salvatore Ferragamo
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Salvatore Ferragamo
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Brandon Maxwell
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Lemaire
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Dries Van Noten

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And we end up extra long sleeves with this exceptional, fiery look also from Dries Van Noten.

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3 Statement shoulders

Extra big shoulders showed up notably in the fashion shows of many brands and, therefore, are expected to go big this cold season.

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Saint Laurent
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Saint Laurent
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Louis Vuitton
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Erdem

4 Layered sleeves

It is an elegant way to turn usual sleeves into unusual or statement. Layered sleeves are an ideal complement for street style outfits. If you are after this captivating effortless look, go for layered sleeves. A stellar application of the trend is by using different textures like a lace shirt with a knitted sweater atop.

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Erdem
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Prada
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Chloé
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Dries Van Noten
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Dries Van Noten

However, adopting it simply and classically as Brandon Maxwell and Lemaire did is an excellent idea too.

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Brandon Maxwell

Another creative, classy application of the trend from Dries Van Noten; the layered sleeves, created by gloves, are of different textures and the same color.

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We also like this combination of vintage and bohemian vibes. The puffy short sleeves are layered with tight, extra-long sleeves. They complement the classic design of the dress perfectly.

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Lemaire

And another puffy, layered sleeves from Chloé.

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Chloé

5 Versatile puffer-coat sleeves

We are quite impressed with these puffer-coat sleeves of Givenchy. They can be zipped open to show the checked sleeves of the elegant checked coat beneath. It is an unconventional, a bit bizarre application of layered sleeves.

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Givenchy

6 A pocketed sleeve

Pockets of different sizes showed up on pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, coats, etc. They were employed by many fashion designers and made a notable trend in the fashion shows of fall/winter 2020. However, Givenchy decided to take pockets into a bit unconventional area, sleeves.

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Givenchy

7 Puffy/Balloon sleeves

One thing that amazes us about balloon sleeves is that they are statement sleeves, and yet they look super dainty. We find Roksanda’s employment of puffy sleeves in blouses, meringue dresses, and vintage-style gawns exceptional.

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Roksanda
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Roksanda
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Givenchy
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Brandon Maxwell
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Erdem

A more dressy application of it is the normal long sleeves with a little puff at the sleeve capes.

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Givenchy
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Giambattista Valli

And another classic version of puffy sleeves made of jeans.

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Givenchy

8 Cape sleeves

Givenchy came up with oversized puffy sleeves that extend at the back, forming a short cape. Brandon Maxwell executed the same idea but simply, without puffs.

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Brandon Maxwell

9 The cape illusion

The design of the dress and embellishments of the shoulders and sleeves gives the illusion of a real cape excellently.

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Givenchy

And here are other cape-looking shoulders from Brandon Maxwell and Proenza Schouler. Capes and cloaks were a big trend in the fashion shows of fall/winter 2020. So, we expect that you will find a wide variety of applications for them while shopping.

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Proenza Schouler

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Cushnie

10 Deeply vintage-looking

This one is for the lovers of vintage style. The stellar see-through puffy sleeves start and end up with classic creamy ruffles.

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11 Classic-ruffled sleeves

Ruffles can be employed to create different styles. Zimmermann adopted slightly pointed shoulders and narrow rows of ruffles to create such a classic look.

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And these vertical chiffon ruffles appear stunning on this dress of Christian Siriano.

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Christian Siriano

12 Boho ruffles

Ruffles, generally, were a significant trend in the fashion shows of the cold seasons. Fashion houses have employed a variety of shoulder and sleeve ruffles in boho, classic, and vintage manners.

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Rodarte
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Christian Siriano

13 Bridge-like shoulders and sleeves

We are absolutely into this classic navy top with off-shoulder and puffy sleeves. Have you noticed the dreamy bridge?

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Givenchy
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Christian Siriano

14 Leg of Mutton Sleeves

Initially called the gigot sleeves by the french, meaning the hindquarters of an animal, the leg of mutton sleeve appeared in the 1820s. Though different versions of it have developed, the main silhouette stayed the same; a voluminous sleeve cape ends up narrowly at the wrist. A variety of leg of mutton shapes showed up as a trend in the fall/winter fashion shows of 2020. It was employed using different materials to complement different styles and designs.

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Giambattista Valli
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Christian Siriano
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Lemaire
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Lemaire

15 Pleated sleeves

Pleats are a retro trend that made a notable presence on the runways of fall/winter 2020. Pleated dresses, skirts, and wide-leg pants are expected to go big this season. For pleated sleeves, despite unusual, they showed up on the runway of Lemaire.

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16 Feather accents

Feathers made a notable presence on the runways of fall/winter 2020. Accents of feathers were added to the sleeves of this simple turtleneck, turning its usual look into unusual.

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Proenza Schouler

17 Asymmetrical shoulders and sleeves

Fall/winter runways of 2020 comprised a variety of asymmetrical shoulders and sleeves. These are some of the best looks we encountered.

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Lemaire
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Cushnie
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Cushnie
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Cushnie
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Dries Van Noten
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Dries Van Noten
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Dries Van Noten
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Christian Siriano
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Prada

18 One-shoulder twist

The one-shoulder trend can hardly be considered unusual, but we like this creative, super-chic, and easy to imitate sleeve idea. All you need are a strapless belted top or dress and a scarf.

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Cushnie

19 Bell sleeves

Bell sleeves are not a new sleeve design as well, yet this fashion season witnessed exquisite applications of them that we are thrilled to share with you!

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Cynthia Rowley
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Michael Kors
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Christian Siriano
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Chloé

The sleeves here combine the bell, layered and extra-length to help create this pirate look.

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Loewe

20 Striped sleeves

Whether applied in different colors or monochromatically, striped sleeves look quite elegant.

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Brandon Maxwell
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Alessandro Lucioni
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Alessandro Lucioni
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