This may be the only time you see me in a puff sleeve top. I’m not sure why this one works and why I don’t hate it, but it just is. Of course, it may have something to do with the fact that it’s from my go-to store, Madewell. Tucking it into some great denim cut-offs and having it not be too puffy, I think is key. This little summer outfit may be on repeat. It’s so easy, feels put together and I just love anything that includes denim shorts.
Since the puffy sleeve trend is everywhere, and although I do not 100% support it, I did want to track down a few good pieces. In case you’re wanting to try this trend, or love it already. These puffy sleeve tops and dresses featured today are an indigo day approved. So many to shop and style for summer.
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What I Look For In A Puff Sleeve Top
I’m most definitely not actively seeking out a puff sleeve trend at the moment. But while browsing every single brand and website these days, they are clearly everywhere. And there are definitely certain features that catch my eye that make me consider “oh maybe that could work”. Trying a new trend is fun and I like to not spend a ton of money on the latest trends until I know I really love them or feel like they’ll be around for a while. I’ve definitely noticed a few things when I do find myself adding a puff sleeve top or dress to my cart.
Something I do look for if and when I end up finding a puff sleeve blouse, is a flowy fabric versus something stiffer. I don’t want the puff to be super big and not have any movement to it. I feel like this keeps it from feeling too big and overwhelming on your shoulders. This usually will lend to a less dramatic puff, and something that’s more understated, which I prefer.
I also prefer something that has an open neckline. A puff sleeve is already a bit on the peasanty-inspired side and adding a high neckline or even a sweetheart neckline plays a little too much into the trend making it feel more like a costume to me.
And lastly, I avoid any other crazy details. No big bows, no big ruffles, no additional frills and details. I prefer to just let the puff do the talking and that’s it. Anything more, and for me, it’s just too much. Too many things in one piece are simply, too much. Keep it simple! That’s I think why this Madewell linen blouse works for me. It’s a soft fabric, has a nice simple neckline and has no other bells and whistles. And a plus that it can be tucked in so it’s not big and blousy.
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Not only are the puff sleeve tops having a moment, but there are tons of dresses too. The same rules apply for me when it comes to finding a puff sleeve dress. Bonus points for the dress being on the sexier side too to counterbalance the more matronly vibe of a puff sleeve. That may mean a nice high slit like Reformation does so well, or a lower neckline or fitted body.
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Madewell Top c/o • Madewell Shorts • Marc Fisher Sandals • H&M Bag (similar in a few other colors) • Hoop Earrings • Karen West Harvest Sunglasses • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Pillow Talk
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