Puffy sleeves are a silhouette that is popular once again on the runway and in everyday fashion. A puff sleeve is when there is a gather of fabric at the crown sleeve and the sleeve hem if it is a short puff sleeve or at the crown and somewhere around the elbow if it is a long puff sleeve. Either variation might be popular with designers like J.W. Anderson, but is either one something that any fashion lover can wear to the office or in everyday life? It turns out that puff sleeves aren’t for everyone, but there are certain ways you can wear them that will make you look your best.
The reason that puffy sleeves are a big part of Spring 2016 fashion trends is that they are part of the whole Victorian Era trend that is huge this season. High neck lines, lace, and a general sense of femininity are also part of this trend. To that end, we will see them the most in dresses rather than puffy sleeve shirts. Since we are talking about spring and summer fashions we will also see puffy sleeve dresses in sheer fabrics and lace so that they are breathable and not too warm as the weather heats up. Some examples of these styles can be seen above. Click on any of them to purchase or explore more options.
The puff sleeve blouse suits women with a skinny or willowy frame the best. The larger shoulder draws the eye up away from the skinny waistline and gives the woman wearing it a sense of confidence. Women with strong shoulders don’t look the best in this type of blouse because it can be overwhelming and make the wearer look top heavy. You will also find that puff sleeves tend to look better on younger women. They are a bit girly or cutesy so they can be inappropriate for older women. Some possible options are shown above.
In terms of how to wear this trend, there are a few options. One option is to downplay the bottom part of your outfit so that all of the attention goes to your shoulders. Pair a white puff sleeve blouse with a pair of black leggings and boots for a classic look. You can also go the other way and pair a big shoulder with a big hip. A bubble skirt can be a nice combination with a puffy shoulder and create an interesting silhouette. One final option for how to wear puffy sleeves is to leave this trend in your outerwear so you don’t feel self conscious for the majority of your day. A jacket or bolero carrying the puff sleeve trend can be a fun way to stay current without making a major commitment. Check out some of the skirts and outerwear above.