If we have learnt one thing from TV recently, it’s that puff sleeves are definitely back, and anyone can wear them! Susannah Reid wore a hot pink puff sleeve dress this week, and the Golden Globes red carpet had a whole host of women rocking the trend.
This trend has been creeping in for a while, and while it’s been all over the catwalks, the ladies leading the charge? Not young models, the over 40s! If you have any qualms about not being able to pull off this trend, let these stylish stars show you how it’s done.
Celebrities wearing the puff sleeve trend
Susannah took to the GMB studios in this full-sleeved frock and doesn’t she look lovely? We love how she’s never afraid to experiment with colour.
Rule number one with this trend is that bigger is better. Oversized sleeves slim arms so they’re both fashion-forward and figure-flattering. Balance volume out with a high neck and keep accessories minimal.
If you don’t want to go full-length then a short sleeve can still make a statement. Actor Gillian shines and shimmers in this gorgeous gown. Giving yourself a wider shoulder is a great way to draw attention upwards and ensure that all eyes are on you!
Another way to style out sleeves is a la Isla Fisher in this Bardot beauty. If you’re worried that puff sleeves might make your shoulders too wide then showing off your shoulders instead and bringing the puff to a mid-level might make you feel more comfortable.
If we still haven’t convinced you that you can go full-on puff, then make like Reese and start slowly with your shoulders. Hopefully you can ease yourself in before going full out frills.
How to wear the puff sleeves without feeling silly
Puff sleeves are quite a statement. Stick to these rules and you’ll feel stylish not silly:
- Keep colours simple – notice that all the celebrities above are wearing one block colour. You can wear two colours, but keep them tonal
- Don’t wear jewellery, or if you must, chose simple, subtle earrings and rings. Necklaces make the look too much and seem old fashioned
- Go for statement shoes, a striking detail on top and bottom will balance the outfit out
- Make use of proportions, if you’re going big on the sleeves then opt for flattering cuts and details in the centre to draw you in such, as wraps, darts or buttons
High street puff sleeves shopping edit
Statement red puff sleeve blouse
Everyday black puff sleeve t-shirt
Fancy pink puff sleeve top
Knitted puff sleeve dress
Green puff sleeve party dress
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