How to look fashionable: big sleeves

Peta Serras

by Peta Serras

My tips for tricking people into thinking you’re fashionable.

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Although I grew up reading Vogue magazine from a young age, I’m going to confess that I really suck with styling clothes.

I often blame my big boobs for many trends that don’t suit me. Oh, I also can’t wear any of those useless outfits with straps so small they could barely support an A cup. Summer fashion choices are usually non-existent for me.

But one thing I took from Vogue was being fashionable isn’t necessarily adding every single trend into your wardrobe, it’s being able to dress for your shape, be discerning with where your dollar goes, and of course, selecting outfits that make you feel incredible (because you’re never going to throw fashionista vibes when you feel you look like a lump of poo amirite?)

This potentially could be a series where I teach you how to trick people into thinking that you’re fashionable. It really is that easy to look like you know what you’re doing when it comes to fashion.

The first thing you need in your wardrobe – big bell sleeves.

Although they’re impractical AF and they will make best friends with your dinner when you eat it, big sleeves scream, “look, I read Vogue!” when really, we all know you just read Professional Babe.

They’re the perfect choice for my babes feeling a bit self-conscious about their arms (I am one of them). Sleevage is a perfect way to still wear a top that draws attention to your upper body, as proportionally, the sheer size of a big sleeve makes your arms look tiny in comparison – we never have to do upper body work again!

When it comes to styling, I feel the less is more approach is one we need to practice. You don’t need to go to town with too much else in your outfit accessory wise either.

My favourite way? To tuck or cinch.

To tuck: ridiculously tight pants or a high-waisted skirt work a treat.

To cinch: for shift style dresses and Halston heritage style maxi gowns, a thick belt to cinch in the waist.

Big sleeves always transport me back to retro times and make me wish I grew up then.

But then I remember they didn’t have Tinder back then, so thank gosh fashion cycles around.


Top & Skirt by Portmans. Bag by Gucci. Boots old AF. 

Photography by Alex Jack

Peta Serras

Editor of Professional Babe, Peta has a penchant for pretty things, Tom Hardy and ginger kittens. You can find her sipping a long black, creating killer content or making sure her winged eyeliner is even. Peta is a writer, model & Pilates Instructor based out of the Hunter Valley.

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