Q. I’ve seen Dolman sleeve tops and dresses everywhere this season, but I’m not convinced that they’d be flattering. Can a petite woman (5′) with a larger chest (34D) get away with so much extra fabric under the arms?
A. Dolman sleeves are a big trend this season, but they can be tricky to wear for petite women or women with full busts. However, you don’t need to avoid this trend completely. Dolman sleeves vary in size from giant batwing styles to more subtle kimono sleeves. Generally, you should opt for sleeves with a smaller drape. It’s also important to consider the neckline; look for v-necks and scoop necks which are more flattering for a large chest than a higher neckline. Finally, you may find that a short sleeve or 3/4 sleeve is more flattering than a long dolman sleeve.