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The Batwing sleeve, originally known as a ‘Dolman’ or ‘Maygar’, has a long history. Long sleeves with billowing armholes tapered at the wrists became massively popular during the US Civil War. Although the batwing fell from favour during WWI due to fabric shortages, Madonna re-popularised them in the 1980s due to her love of batwing blazers and leather jackets. They had another fashion moment when Rihanna wore a batwing Alexandre Vauthier jumpsuit in 2010, leading to viral fan imitations. Whether as a batwing sleeve kimono or a batwing long sleeve top, this is a timelessly chic look for all occasions!


Ways to Style a Batwing Sleeve

  • Cashmere hoodie and boots

Keep it cute and cosy in this effortless autumn ensemble. Perfect for a coffee date with friends or a long walk in the park- pumpkin spice lattes, anyone?

  • Cowl-neck top and legging

Dress up your favourite leggings with a cowl-neck for a super feminine, easy-going vibe. Great for going out to lunch or chilling at home.

  • Knit poncho with boyfriend jeans

Why not add a bit of drama to your favourite slouchy jeans with a statement poncho? Pair with statement trainers for a flawlessly boho chic look.

Long-sleeve sweater and skinny jeans

batwing top

Dress up your skinnies with a batwing long sleeve top for a versatile ensemble you can wear anywhere! This look guarantees a mega-flattering silhouette for all shapes and sizes.

  • Short-sleeve tunic top and shorts

batwing sleeve top

A shorter batwing is a great way to show off your arms in the summer. Who says you can’t be dressy at the beach?

  • T-shirt and slacks

Pairing a batwing tee with trousers is a great way to get more use out of your office wear on dress down Fridays. Professional and stylish? Now that’s real girlbossing.

Sean Donnelly