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Puffy Sleeves are Back and New Kicks!

Hello friends!

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.

Puffy Sleeves

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-

Time to Get Cozy- My Sweater Picks for the Season

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!)

White jeans-Loft

Sneakers-Dolce Vita

bag–  Rebecca Minkoff Love in Fog

earrings-vintage – I like Etsy


Have a wonderful day!

jess xx

  • Jessica
    Posted at 01:49h, 21 January Reply

    Looks so cool and edgy dear. Perfect for the season indeed.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:49h, 21 January Reply

      Thank you Jess! I have been inspired to try some of the new styles and I love the wedge sneakers! Have a fab day!

  • Anna Shirley
    Posted at 04:28h, 20 January Reply

    I was trying to forget about puff sleeves, but you made me want them again. o) How lovely look. And those sneakers!


  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 11:11h, 17 January Reply

    Jess, what a cute outfit! I love the light gray with white denim and those adorable wedge sneakers. You look super edgy and cool and I am loving the puff sleeves on you. I cannot wear the puffy shoulders like that though. I already have very broad shoulders and I would just look like a linebacker in drag, I think! Thanks for linking up, my friend.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:24h, 17 January Reply

      Thank you Shellbe! I wanted to try something different and fun! I love the sneakers! My mom gave me $ at Christmas and I had been looking for a pair for awhile. Aw, you are too cute! xx

  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 18:51h, 15 January Reply

    I love puffy sleeves…in fact I love any type of fancy sleeves! Fab sneakers too – they look so comfortable!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 16 January Reply

      Thanks Emma! I just loved the stitching too on this sweater and I had been hunting for wedge sneakers for a while, they are comfy!

  • eyeloveknots
    Posted at 17:32h, 14 January Reply

    LOVE your knit sweater! Can’t say I personally love the puff sleeve on me, but some tops that have a more subtle puff sleeve, I can get on board (I own only one though). Popping over to check our your wedge sneakers – I have been searching around for a pair.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:55h, 18 January Reply

      Thank you Alexandra! I just have this one puff sleeve at the moment. Yes, there are various levels of puff! The sneakers are so fun to wear, I do love the style!

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 18:16h, 13 January Reply

    I like the back detail on your wedge sneakers. The puff sleeve–I just can’t–at least not right now. Who knows? I may be eating my words before the trend is over!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 18:25h, 13 January Reply

      Thanks Kim! I loved that and the darker grey. It does take me back a bit to the 80s when I worked at Bob Evans and was a hostess, we had these Victorian type white blouses with puff sleeves and high collars! I understand, it isn’t for everyone! I wont wear it all the time, just here and there for fun. 🙂
      Happy Monday!

  • Kimberly Twomey
    Posted at 13:55h, 13 January Reply

    Love your puff sweater picks. I wish I could do them. I am just way too broad shouldered. I am all about sneakers. Love all of them. Great picks.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 17:30h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Kimberly! Thank you! I loved the lilac one as well, but that sold out fast. This light grey really appealed to me as it looks hand made. The sneakers are a great alternative to wearing boots and still stylish!

  • Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    Posted at 13:40h, 13 January Reply

    Definitely have to say I’m not sad the 80’s style puffy sleeves are gone but I LOVE this style on you. And aren’t wedge sneakers such a game changer? I wear mine way more than I thought I would.

    • Jessica A Jannenga
      Posted at 13:42h, 13 January Reply

      Aw thanks Shelly. I think it’s all about what you wear with the puffed sleeves. Yes, I’m living the sneakers and will wear them often🙂

  • Nancy Weiss
    Posted at 12:56h, 13 January Reply

    Love the look Jess! I gave my daughter a pair of wedge sneakers for Christmas in snakeskin. As for the sweater the sleeves make it stand out, I knew puffy sleeves were a trend and I’m looking forward to seeing more looks. You’re ootd is perfect 🌟

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 13:03h, 13 January Reply

      Thank you Nancy! I wanted leather in the sneakers but did use suede protector. The dark grey really appealed to me! Oh, I bet your daughter loved those too! Thank you! I will style this sweater in another way sometime on the blog. thanks so much 🙂

  • Jodie
    Posted at 11:42h, 13 January Reply

    I definitely have been taking more risks nowadays. And the sweater is fabulous. I think it helps that everything else is closer to the body so you really notice the sleeves and they look wonderful!!.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:45h, 13 January Reply

      Yes, me too! Even my husband has noticed that I am trying new things and styles and he thinks it from blogging. Whats the worst that could happen? Yes, I agree, I prefer a form fit to the rest of the look. Happy Monday!

  • Vale
    Posted at 11:10h, 13 January Reply

    I love those sleeves, so cute! Your outfit is adorable Jess 🙂

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion & beauty blog

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:22h, 13 January Reply

      Thanks so much Val! Happy New YEar! Hope you are doing well!

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 08:50h, 13 January Reply

    You look like a little doll in that sweater. I love the shoes. I bought a pair of wedge sneakers the beginning of Fall but ended up selling them in my Posh Closet. I ordered them on line and they weren’t the correct color I ordered and return was at my cost.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:22h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Lisa! Thank you! aw, thats too bad you had to sell yours! I love wearing them on the weekend out and about – very comfy and cool! Maybe you can find another.
      Happy Monday!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 08:35h, 13 January Reply

    I love your new wedge sneakers – that snakeprint stripe up the back is awesome! I’m loving all the details with sleeves – so many fun versions and the puffs are terrific! Looking good my friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:21h, 13 January Reply

      Thank you friend! I loved the darker grey and the slip on style is so comfy! You influenced me to get a pair! Puffy sleeves are fun to wear!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 08:34h, 13 January Reply

    How fun are those sleeves! I love that it gives a unique look to any outfit. Your new kicks are adorable too. I love that the heel is low and of course, the snakeskin accent on the back. Happy Monday Jess!

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:19h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Maureen! Happy Monday! Thanks. Yes, the sweater caught my eye and thought it would be fun to try. I love the sneakers, so easy to wear and cushioned.

  • Nancys Fashion Style (@nancybaten1)
    Posted at 02:11h, 13 January Reply

    Puffy sleeves are never boring! Love this look! The sneakers are fantastic too!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:12h, 13 January Reply

      I know! Thank you, I love the sneakers, they are comfy and so cute,!

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