The 1980s fashion is back in a big way. That's why fashionistas all over the world are bringing the puff sleeves back. Personally, whenever I hear the word "puff" attached to anything (especially sleeves), I think of Drew Barrymore's shiny pink prom dress in Never Been Kissed. But fear not—this is not 2018's plan. The street style crowd isn't wearing billowing bubblegum-pink tinfoil just yet, but rather shirts and dresses with dramatic oversized shoulders and sleeves. When said silhouettes are voluminous at the top and cuffed at the wrist, it's technically called a leg-of-mutton sleeve. And it's technically one of the few '80s trends I can imagine wearing.
Statement sleeves are BIG for 2018. When it comes to fashion trends, we can’t wait to get started. But if you’ve been holding off for the cold weather to pass, we’ve found an incredible new micro-trend you can start wearing right away. Yes, I am talking about statement sleeves. Or more specifically, puffy statement sleeves. Fashion bloggers and Instagrammers are all over it already, and if you love a classic style, you’re bound to love it too.
To nail the trend, the key is to marry a simple shirt or blouse with a voluminous sleeve, with more fitted pieces—think straight leg trousers and pencil skirts—to strike the right balance. But there are also beautiful dresses with puff sleeves, so you better buy at least two pieces: a dress and a top with puff sleeves. While puff sleeves made a small impact last summer, they look set to take over in much grander style this season.
Yes, puffy sleeves are making a huge comeback this year. It's no wonder why 1980s volume is having a major moment, with style stars trading the once ubiquitous off-the-shoulder shape for pieces that boast high-impact sleeves. When paired with timeless staples like blue jeans, the piece will feel in tune with today's fashions, rather than straight out of the hairspray-heavy era.
Plus, puff sleeves are all over Instagram! These tops and dresses with voluminous sleeves won the heart of every single style blogger out there for a very good reason: they are the most Instagrammable piece you could own right now. If you want to upgrade your feed, flip through this article to see all the chic ways fashion gurus are wearing puff sleeves. If you still want to take things a step further, focus on mixing playful silhouettes such as a puff sleeve top and flowy skirt.