Well, it is the year of the Puff. The Puffy sleeve, I should say. You then ask yourself, “Didn’t we already have puffy sleeves in fashion?”
Well, yes, yes we did.
In the 1980s, the Puffy sleeve movement along with shoulder pads made a statement! The Statement may have been ” I am a Linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers”. kidding , kidding!
No, I remember puffy sleeves in particular on my bridesmaid’s dress for my best friend’s wedding. Cobalt blue. White skirt with blue lace bodice. Giant puffy sleeves at the shoulders. Big hair.
See, it made such an impact I didn’t forget it!
Do you remember the soapy evening show Dynasty? Joan Collins wore those puffy-sleeved dresses! ( They didn’t wear her) There were some enviable puffed shoulders back in those days. Quite intimidating.
Princess Diana had a striking wedding gown with puff sleeves.
Attention is the name of the game- let’s face it, you will get it with this detail. There are degrees of puffiness though. A slight puff, to an exaggerated puff and in between, it really depends on the kind of fashion statement you want.
When I saw this sweater online, I loved the stitching and textured look of the bodice portion of the sweater. Then, the puffed sleeves grew on me a bit. I am wearing an XS in this sweater. Perhaps a trend not for everyone, it has been fun trying different styles out of my comfort zone. I could de-puff a bit, by wearing a colored shirt underneath, as the model does on the site. But why mess with such a style? I thought it would be fun and something different for me to try.
I do find myself gravitating in neutrals to greys in addition to the warmer camels and brown tones. I love greys for silver-haired, dark-haired and white-haired ladies too. ( Although my silver-haired PT and friend says that she has too much grey in her wardrobe )
I love these soft greys with cream, whites, darker grey shades for a neutral style and nearly any color paired would work. What is fun too is pairing the unexpected. This sweater would pair with an elegant pencil skirt or slim trousers and be quite feminine. By choosing white jeans and wedge sneakers, a sportier look, it makes it a more “unexpected” yet fun look.
I’ve been having fun trying styles out of my comfort zone and enjoying wearing them. I first shared my interest in this sweater on the post-
Some ideas of what to wear with Puffy sleeves garments-
I love a puffy-sleeved dress. Just keep it simple beyond that. ( accessories)
Keep the rest of the look more streamlined- one puffy piece is enough 🙂
Just because the puffy sleeves are from the 80s doesn’t mean the rest of your outfit has to be.
Wear cigarette trousers with a pointed heel for a classy look that is fun!
Keep other pieces understated, including jewelry. Make the puffed sleeve your statement!
Wear a pencil skirt with your puffy sleeved top or sweater.
My New Wedge Sneakers
I started stalking different brands of these wedge sneakers when I saw them on a number of bloggers. I like the Steve Madden ones, but
wasn’t sure I would like the zipper near the ankles if that would bother me. So, I saw these from Dolce Vita and loved the darker ( Anthrocite)
grey in a slip-on style. I also liked the little snakeskin detail at the back of the sneaker. These are great as they are very comfortable and have
about a 1.5-inch wedge for added height. I bought these with Christmas $ mom gave me. I took my regular shoe size in these sneakers.
And as you know you can wear white jeans whenever you want! I do like it in the Winter, just as long as there is no snow and slush on the ground! These are Loft, but I found some good prices on white jeans. These Wit and Wisdom are a good price as is AG Jeans
Do you take fashion risks or try something out of your comfort zone? Let me know in the comments.
Grey sweater -Mango ( on sale for $30!)
bag– Rebecca Minkoff Love in Fog
earrings-vintage – I like Etsy
JOIN ME TOMORROW FOR MY LINKUP TURNING HEADS TUESDAY! STOP BY AND READ MANY BLOGS IN ONE PLACE.
Have a wonderful day!