Fashion For Thought: Lettuce Sleeves


It’s about time you learned what lettuce sleeves are and how to wear them. Remember those cuffs and hems sewn and frilled to look like lettuce leaf? They’re back. They never officially left, but unless you were a mother into vintage fashion trends, you didn’t pay the lettuce leaf much mind after 1996. The lettuce neckline works best on turtlenecks, so as fashionable necklines grew increasingly low, the lettuce edge grew less and less appealing. The lettuce hem went with it.

Why are these fashion trends coming back this winter? They’re one of the subtlest 90s trends out there. Just about anyone can wear a lettuce edge but the high-fashion technique still adds a little something extra to your look. Ready to integrate some lettuce hems into your wardrobe? Look at these nice, simple options for keeping up with the times this winter.


lettuce neckline
Courtesy of Topshop

LONG SLEEVE FRILL NECK TOP

Fitted sleeves and a lightweight turtleneck will keep you warm and stylish on mild winter days. This top’s even comes in a rich evergreen shade even adds a playful touch to its lettuce edges.


lettuce sleeves
Courtesy of Pacsun

KENDALL & KYLIE LETTUCE EDGE STRIPE SWEATER TOP

This striped sweater from the Jenner sister’s PacSun collection recalls the 70s more than the 90s, but both decades are trending in vintage fashion, so you’ll be in good company.


lettuce sleeve
Courtesy of Tory Burch

TORY BURCH LACEY POLO

Now here’s a true 90s throwback. This short sleeve polo with lettuce sleeves is a proper vintage blouse. Untucked, the shirt is right out of Mrs. Doubtfire or Clueless. Tuck it in for a modern take on vintage high-fashion techniques.


lettuce neckline
Courtesy of Barneys

ACNE STUDIOS LEOPARD-PRINT TOP

This is not a shirt to wear for formal occasions, but it’s full of sexy charm for a night out. You won’t usually find wide necklines with a lettuce edge. If you don’t want both, maybe this revealing top is the choice for you.


lettuce hems
Courtesy of Macys

WOMEN’S LETTUCE EDGE RIBBED BOOT SOCKS

If you like it when fashion trends permeate your outfit head to toe, then add these socks to your lettuce-hemmed top. In addition to the trendy hem, they will keep your feet warm and dry for the winter.


lettuce hem
Courtesy of La Garconne

PHILIP LIM LETTUCE-EDGE KNIT PULLOVER

Boasting an “artisanal approach to modern femininity,” this open-knit top combines a lettuce hem with more traditional neckline and sleeves. As a first layer on a warm winter’s day, it rests firmly in between vintage and contemporary.


lettuce necklines
Courtesy of J. W. Anderson

J.W. ANDERSON STRIPED BOUCLE SWEATER

If all the monochromatic sweaters on this list are getting on your nerves, try a dose of colorful stripes. This wool top has a gentler lettuce edge than most and will keep you fresh and vibrant in the grey winter weather.


lettuce sleeve
Courtesy of Zara

RIBBED HIGH COLLAR SWEATER

If you want a serious turtleneck, Zara’s got you covered. Lettuce sleeves and a lettuce hem barely pull this top back into the vintage category. If you want to boast a lettuce edge without committing to the 90s renaissance, you can with this sweater.

Rarely are high-fashion techniques so versatile. From casual t-shirts to high-end sweaters, the lettuce edge will carry you through the holidays. All you need is an item or two. When it’s this simple to dress fashionably, why refuse?



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