You’ve seen them everywhere in the new fall lineup: puff sleeves. They are popping up (puffing up?) everywhere in tops, dresses, and sweaters. Today, I’m featuring a puff sleeve top with a pair of trousers for an easy fall look.
Here’s a fun fact. Puff sleeves have been around since at least the 16th century. Once known as “leg-of-mutton” sleeves (or “gigot” sleeves, which derives from the French term for “leg of lamb”) because their shape resembled a sheep’s hind leg. They became super popular after the Renaissance and have resurged in fashion trends again and again through the years. And they are a hot fashion item, once again, this year.
Remember Princess Diana’s incredible wedding dress with those HUGE puffed sleeves? In the ’80s, the big trends included exaggerated puff sleeve styles as well as shoulder pads, poufy dresses, and giant perms. (Those were the years I could actually let my curly hair do its thing! Lol!) Those of us of a certain age remember these styles very well, am I right? You younger ladies can enjoy them as they make their comeback!
The Puff Sleeve Top Trend
This sleeve style in fashion is often dubbed the “look at me” style, due to the boldness of the puff sleeves. At the same time, it’s considered romantic and pretty. However you define them, my guess is you’ve styled puff sleeves at one time or another, and if you have any left in your closet, pull them out! If yours went in the donation bag a long time ago, now is the time to look at picking one up to refresh your look for fall.
The puff sleeve top I’m featuring today is subtle by comparison to many but is an easy way to style a current trend without being over the top.
The Puff Sleeve Top
There are SO many puff sleeve fashion pieces available in all colors, patterns, textures. It’s hard to decide! I decided to go with this tan top in a soft, shimmery fabric.
While I’m wearing it with plaid trousers here, it would also look cute with your favorite jeans and a textured belt. Or a pencil skirt and heels. The possibilities are endless!
Plaid trousers are also making a comeback this fall. (Did they ever truly go away?) I can never resist a cute pair and these have a lot of details that make them special. The straight leg style is flattering on everyone, they have an adjustable waist tie to customize the fit, side and back pockets, and are ankle length so you can wear them with flats or loafers as well as booties and block heels. You can easily substitute a belt of your choice to change up the look.
The neutral tan background and multitude of colors in the plaid make them easy to style with lots of your tops, from tees to button-downs. They would look amazing with a rusty turtleneck, for instance. Or a chambray shirt and sneakers. I will wear them casually, but they would work well with a blazer or cardigan for the workplace. I’ve styled this outfit for a date night or lunch date just by adding heels and accessories.
The fabric is polyester, rayon, and spandex, so the weight works for early fall. For my climate, they will work year-round.
A puff sleeve top is an easy way to “adopt” a “new” trend, as it looks great on everyone. With all the styles and options available, you can find one that works for you. Styled any way you like, you’ll be right on trend–your way.