Puffing up with pride. Is bigger the better? Well, I am talking about the puff sleeve trend, which is resurrected in SS’21. We initially saw this trend back in 2018, and since then, this puff sleeve trend has been reimagined and restyled; the leg of mutton style, the balloon, the peasant, and so on. From padded shoulder jackets like in the ’80s to puffy sleeves, the designers seem to have focused on the top of half of the outfits probably because of endless zoom calls and meetings.
Usually, trends come and go, but the puff sleeve trend has had more shelf life than any other. There are few articles online dismissing this trend because how can you fit an oversized sleeve into a jacket or a coat? But, that’s not a problem for the Hyderabad weather. There are so many ways one can style this. Also, it’s nearly impossible to scroll down through Instagram and not find this puff sleeve trend. It’s all over our feeds. The trend is a massive hit with the Instagram influencers. Why does it smite everyone, you ask? Because it is bold and delicate at the same time. You can add other embellishments like ruffles or bows and make it a romantic, chic look, or you can make it edgy by pairing it with faux leather pants or skirts.
I have pieced together two looks for some styling inspo. Instead of investing in multiple clothing items. I purchased detachable sleeves from an Instagram shopping page called “Heart Up My Sleeves,” which I can pair with a summer midi dress, or a jacket, or even style with an Indian blouse. I brought white detachable sleeves because the color gives more beachy vibes. when paired with the white midi dress. The whole outfit looks cohesive because the flare and length of the dress complement the exaggerated sleeves.
Always invest in neutral colors like white, black, or beige because of the number of ways one can style it. For the second look, I paired it with a saree that screams Spring-Summer, isn’t it? Also, note that I am wearing Pantone color of the year- Illuminating and Ultimate Gray. Since I have a thing for sarees these days, I chose to drape it differently, giving it a more resort wear look. I love how both the outfits turned out.
So, what do you think the puff-sleeve trend is here to stay for a longer time?