Not the most aurally pleasing of fashion terms, but here's what you need to know about 'leg of mutton' - a sleeve trend that's about to pop up everywhere.

'Leg of mutton' sleeves - or 'gigot' sleeves as the Frenchies refer to them - are a Victorian-throwback that seem destined for street style stardom in the modern age.

The distinctive silhouette is comprised of a voluminous gathering of fabric bunched at the upper half of the arm, which funnels into a tapered end point at the forearm and wrists. If you remember your Art History lessons, you'll likely recall this signature sleeve type in pantings of noble 19th Century ladies. Legend has it that such well-dressed, high brow society belles would have to enter rooms sideways due to the width and volume of their pouffy sleeves.

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All images of lamb shanks aside, leg of mutton sleeves have been a micro trend for several seasons now. Alas, there is no denying their obvious ubiquity on the SS 2019 runways: J.W Anderson, Erdem, Isabel Marant, and Carolina Herrera all toyed with them, to name but a few.

Without waiting for next season's designer wares to drop, consumers keen to bite into the trend are in for a treat with the immediate array of leg of mutton detailing available among niche fashion brands like Petersyn, the Vampire's Wife, Rachel Comey, and soon-to-launch Scandi label ROTATE Birger Christensen.

With such exaggerated, extravagant tailoring, it's best to balance out the sleeves with an overall look that is equal parts figure-fitting and elegant yet quirky. Team with bare legs, dancing shoes, and some trophy earrings and who knows - people may study your #OOTD in Art History lectures of the future.

Cassie Corduroy Dress, €259, Petersyn

Tempest Dress, €2,550, Zimmermann

Amplus Dress, €625, Rachel Comey

Whisper Rose Dress, €559, Anna Sui

Copia Jersey Top, €300, Beaufille 

Aurele Dress, €515, Ulla Johnson

Mini Dress, Price TBC, ROTATE Birger Christensen

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