Thanks to the looping trend cycle of fashion, we get to live the glory days of the puff sleeve era all over again. The hottest trend of the 1890s, 1980s and now, the 2020s. A Victorian era style statement; re-popularized in the 80s by the architectural marvel that is Lady Diana’s wedding dress, is now all over the latest runways. Moving from the minimalism trend of the previous decade, the pandemic accelerated this resurgence with the rise in aesthetics like: hyper femme silhouettes, Maximalism, Cottagecore and more. Pop- Culture had a clear hand in this renaissance as well. Shows like Bridgerton revived the love for regency era elements like higher waistlines and square necklines, while Stranger Things played heavily into the 80s nostalgia. The puff sleeve designs we see today are a culmination of all the things that came before it.
So lets take a moment to appreciate its journey and its translation to 21st century fashion. Here are 9 Puff Sleeve Designs which prove that this trend is here to stay!
The Bold Blazer
Limerick By Abirr N’ Nanki, noted for their Indo Western aesthetic are not ones to shy away from colour. A burst of pinks and blues against an ivory canvas; creates this floral masterpiece. This lapel collared printed jacket brings with it the feeling of spring. What makes this a unique piece are the sheer puff sleeves which echo the same floral message. Style them with their matching floral printed pants, solid dresses or even as a saree blouse for that contemporary look.
Museum and wine date? This Cord dress is just the one for a romantic meet cute. A one of a kind print that alludes to the aesthetic of post impressionistic art. Soft dreamy silhouettes enjoying a drink and basking on a picnic blanket. What's not to love about a serene landscape that you can wear. Reminiscent of the works of Georges Seurat with the hues of Monet, presenting a dress that is nothing less than a work of art.
Yet another whimsical creation from Dania Siddiqui; this green wrap dress does not hold back on the voluminous puff sleeves. A luminous liquid like satin that flown down to the floor embracing your curves. An elegant maxi dress that can be styled for the day or night with the right accessories. Pearls and an envelope clutch for the day and gold jewellery and deep brown pumps and make for a sensuous and sultry party look.
Big sleeves and bell bottoms, its like the 80s never left. Bringing to you a look that combines the bold silhouettes of the 80s with the toned down pastels of the millennium. A lilac fantasy, three piece set with flared pants, sheer panelled top and the showstopping printed puff sleeve jacket. Explore more from Q by Sonia Baderia. Everything from designer wedding looks, party wear and resort wear.
A blue and white porcelain print co-ord set featuring a maxi sheer jacket with puff sleeves. From designers Rishi & Vibhuti, this creation is the literal embodiment of a clear summer sky. The ruched-up skirt that opens into a side slit gives it that alluring charm. This azure designer puff sleeve look is a must-have for all the vogueish women out there. A look featured from the aptly named collection titled Flirtatious Orchids. An Array of modern silhouettes and classic prints, this collection is sure to steal your heart!
A mini sundress that paints a picture if a quaint village by the sea. Yet another brilliant creation by designer Pankaj & Nidhi, this dress is from their collection Amalfi. With the same aesthetic of its namesake. A small town by the coast of Italy, known for their bright colourful houses, narrow streets and big hearts. The mutton sleeves, square neckline and bold print of this dress perfectly captures the spirit of Amalfi. Style this dress with pops of blue and don’t be afraid to lean into the whole multicoloured look.
Belle Of The Ball
A radiant sunflower yellow gown that acts as a spotlight that you can wear. You are sure to be the belle of the ball as you glide in this golden number. Have your fairy tale princess moment in this designer gown from Asra.
Go Ham for Gingham
Oversized Blazers over miniskirts are a popular duo these days. Perfect for those who want to hop on the blazer trend without looking like they're off to their regular 9 to 5. Gingham is simply too cute a fabric to be reserved only for picnics and this designer puff sleeved jacket from The Iaso proves just that.
Best of Both Worlds
Brand 'Heart Up My Sleeves' has the ingenious idea of creating detachable puff sleeves that you can add to any outfit. Make over your favourite strapless or sleeves dresses with these billowing sequined puff sleeves. The perfect accessory to revamp your best closet pieces. Wear them on the shoulder or off, or simply wear one for an asymmetrical look. There are endless possibilities with this versatile piece.
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