Trends - Dolman Sleeves

The Hot Look For Women's Shirts This Year

Dolman SleevesFrom the runways to the red carpet, Dolman sleeves have been all the rage this year. From the Turkish word "dolaman" for "robe," Dolman sleeves feature wide armholes and no underarm seam, creating a flattering and feminine look that has caught on in all circles of women's wear, from casual to dressy.

Celebrities such as country singer Carrie Underwood and actresses Zoe Saldana and Kerry Washington have all been spotted recently sporting dresses and tops with Dolman sleeves. Fashion designer Stella McCartney even created a short dress with one long Dolman sleeve.

Dolmans are selling strong in the promotional apparel industry as well. "We currently offer three Dolman silhouettes," says Abby de Joya, customer service manager at Blanks Plus (asi/40642). "All our Dolman sleeve cuts are selling well, especially this season. They fly out the door."

Meanwhile, Brandwear Basics (asi/41545) carries a few Dolman sleeve styles, including a 3/4-sleeve piece (267). "The three-quarter sleeve is a classic cut that covers all demographics," says President Shurli Allinott. "The short sleeve is popular with women in their 20s and 30s. The Dolman is a very forgiving cut that flatters almost any shape. It's easy to wear, and the bamboo fabric makes it extremely comfortable."

Popular with promotional companies and apparel decorators that orchestrate campaigns targeting youths, college students and working women, the Dolman will remain popular, says de Joya. "It will continue on, with more fabric colors and print options, as well as neckline variations," she says. "It will be one of those basic must-have pieces."