Feminine and empowering, puff sleeves are back in style. Here's everything you need to know about this fabulous trend.
Puff sleeves are a style of sleeves used to decorate tops and dresses. The purpose of puff sleeves is to allow one to appear more dramatic. Puff sleeves are made by gathering material at the shoulder and or below the shower. In some cases, this form of embellishment is also referred to as balloon sleeves. Today, the term puff sleeves is used almost interchangeably to describe any type of sleeves that are wide at the shoulder.
The style first appeared during the Renaissance era. At the time, both wealthy (and powerful) men and women wore clothing with exaggerated sleeves as a fashion statement.
However, puff sleeves became popularized during the Edwardian era as a trompe l'oeil (optical illusion) device for women to appear slender at the waist achieving an hourglass figure. A variation of this style also emerged called the Gigot sleeves (French for sheep's hindleg) in which the sleeves appear wider from the shoulder to the elbow but would narrow down from the elbow to the wrist.
In the modern era, the popularity of puffy sleeves rose again during three particular decades: the 1930's, the 1980's, and 2019.
Iconic looks from the 1930's.
Ethel Meran Legg Portrait, circa 1930.
Dynasty TV Series, circa 1980's
Princess Diana Wedding Gown, circa 1981.
Fashion runway, circa 2019
Today, puffy sleeves are attributed to being feminine and whimsical. Depending on the color and material, puffy sleeves can also be regarded as romantic or empowering. Here are four ways you can wear puff sleeves.
Alessandra rich black blouse available at Avenue 32, black leather mini-skirt available at Wolf & Badger, CLAUDIA thigh highs by VienneMilano.Multicoloured silk floral dress by Joseph, black straw floppy hat by Horisaki Design & Handel, Black tights by VienneMilano.Black floral mini-skirt by Dorothy Perkins, white blouse available from Farfetch, CLAUDIA matte stockings by VienneMilano.Purple mini bag available from SSENSE, floral gown by Rosie Assoulin, violet thigh highs by VienneMilano.Pinafore dress by Comme des Garcons, Georgia black bag by Chloé, black matte tights by VienneMilano.
Given that this type of accent tend to look dramatic and playful, we suggest puffy sleeves are acceptable for parties, weekends with friends, and even weddings.
One fabulous way to complete your dramatic look is by wearing stockings. We recommend CLAUDIA matte and ISABELLA sheer thigh highs.
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