One of the trendiest looks this season is the puffy sleeve. Popularized in the post-Gibson Girl era by swooning fans of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet, the exaggerated balloon sleeve keeps rising from obscurity every other decade or so. This time around it’s designers like Stella McCartney, Molly Goddard and Alexandre Vauthier who are bringing it to the front of the closet. Wear it with high-waisted jeans for the weekend or dress pants for the office. Wear it with your ugly sneakers or embellished heels. Just make sure to get ahead of this one for a fresh Spring.
Zara designed this V-neck draped top with puff sleeves and elastic cuffs. The multicolored floral print top features a ruffled hem and side zip fastening. Pair this with Zara’s printed ruffled Bermuda shorts in the same print for an oh-so-chic coordinated outfit.
Zara Printed Draped Top, $40, Zara
Mango Puffed Sleeve Blouse
Pastel green is the color of Spring, and Mango delivers in a cotton, puffed sleeve blouse featuring round neckline in front and V-neck in back.
Mango Puffed Sleeve Blouse, $46, Mango
Loéil Victoriana Top
Exaggerated sleeves – one cut out and the other not—spice up this top with high neck collar and button fastening through front. The Victoriana comes in one size and one color—mint.
Loéil Victoriana Top, $112, Loéil
Double Balloon Sleeve Shirt
Combine trendy balloon sleeves with a crisp fabric and you’ve got the makings of a button-down shirt that delivers confidence as well as comfort. Make it a work-to-weekend go-to when you team it with dress pants. Choose between Winter Rose and White colors.
Double Balloon Sleeve Shirt, $31, Express
Marina Red Top
This peplum top with elbow length gigot sleeves is available in a lipstick red silk/linen blend. The front boasts a sweetheart neckline while the back is squared. This top runs slim in the hips and thighs, so you may want to buy it one size larger than your usual.
Marina Red Top, $432, Maryam Nassir Zadeh
Draped Sleeve Blouse
This relaxed-fit pullover is a model of simplicity. The silky, expertly draped fabric makes this blouse a natural under a blazer and a winner as a casually elegant nighttime look. Available in colors pink, spearmint and black
Eloquii Draped Sleeve Blouse, $60, Eloquii
Eli Plaid Puffy Sleeve Shirt
Go mad for plaid and stand out from the puffy-sleeve crowd. This beauty is detailed by a gathered button sleeve. Care is easy with its 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester fabric.
Pixie Market Eli Plaid Puffy Sleeve Shirt, $112, Pixie Market