In years past when I heard the words “puff sleeve,” my mind wandered to either the huge sleeves of the eighties or those of a Disney princess. Not exactly my style inspiration. Flash forward to 2020, and puff sleeves are on every fashion girl’s radar. Only this time around, they’ve been given a chic update that won’t remind you of your mom’s prom dress (sorry, mom!)
The 2020 rendition of the puff sleeve is much more versatile than those of the past. They can be worn anywhere from a Zoom happy hour to a socially distant barbecue. After months of living in sweats, I’m more than ready to add some glamour to my outfits by rocking a puff sleeve. Below, shop my favorite puff sleeve pieces and how to style them.
Consider this your vacay (or staycay) staple. This eyelet tea length dress would pair perfectly with strappy sandals and a straw bag.
This chic puff sleeve top is so versatile—wear it with a denim skirt and sandals for a chill day with friends or pair it with your favorite paperbag pants for a trendy internship look.
This pretty smocked crop top lends a feminine feel to any look. Plus, this sunshine yellow color is so on trend right now. Pair it with denim cutoffs and white sneakers for your new summer uniform.
A puff sleeve mini is your new BFF for every fancy event. This sequined one is everything – I’m living for the strappy back and gorgeous color! Bonus: it’s on MAJOR sale right now, so you can totally justify buying yet another dress. Pair it one with heels for a more formal event or your go-to white sneakers for something more lowkey.
For a more casual take on the puff sleeve trend, opt for a t-shirt you can dress up or down. Wear this one with jeans and our favorite sneakers for class. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, layer it under a simple, strappy mini dress.
Whether your style is cool and casual or super glam, there’s really a puff sleeve for everyone. While you’re online shopping—and I know you are—add a puff sleeve (or five) to your cart and get ready for the “what a cute outfit” compliments to come rolling in.