The Year of the Puff-Sleeve

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Whether you have had enough of the oversized sleeve or not, you can certainly expect these statement sleeves to stick around for another year or two at the very least. Designers started adding it to more summery blouses and dress sleeves a few years ago. Yet, the puff-sleeve has its heyday in more cozy knits and comfortable fabrics for fall and winter. Seeing a reassurance from the 80s, the puff-sleeve spans from delicate and innocent (think Little House on the Prairie) to intense, bold, and in command (think Dynasty) sleeves.

If you are a triangle body shape, then the puff-sleeve is definitely your BFF, and you should buy all the essential pieces you can find now to last you for several years. The only people who should shy away from this trend are those with an inverted triangle body shape. Your form already displays beautiful broad shoulders and does not need the assistance of puff-sleeves to minimize your lower half. It is a dream article of clothing that adds a feminine flair while also making our waistline and hips appear smaller for the rest of us.

What I Am Wearing

I am digging my Who What Wear Puff-Sleeve sweater I nabbed during a recent run to Target for TP. It caught my eye immediately as I was briskly pushing my red cart. It reminded me of the Derek Lam 10 Crosby knit I had just selected as part of the puff-sleeve section on Fall Trends. My sweater at Target was $29.00, the Derek Lam is $350. I have to say, I think the inspired version looks better, hugs in all the right places without being too tight, is less expensive, and I can effortlessly throw it into the wash. TTS. Can it get any better? Yes! It also comes in a pretty pink/wine color.

My Articles Of Society Jeans give you that well-loved look from day one. These super stretchy, skinny jeans have dimensional fading, shredded abrasions, and raw hem. I suggest ordering one size down from your typical size. As I mentioned, they are ‘super’ stretchy, which will make them feel larger. However, it is also what makes them ‘super’ comfortable without losing their shape throughout the day. As a bonus, they are under $65.

These Jenni Kayne Mules are my new favorites. From the first day I wore them, they felt as if they had been molded to my feet for years. The classic wear-anywhere mule is a wardrobe workhorse. I welcome the sleek pointed toe that elongates the leg (my short legs, thank you!). This chic and comfortable flat pulls together any outfit for year-round appeal. I am already eyeing other shades, patterns, and textures.

To finish off my outfits, I wear the same gold jewelry pieces almost every day from Missoma. I might change the layering style slightly, yet essentially they are my favorite go-to pieces that I cannot live without. I am already obsessing over some of their more recent necklaces. I also keep looking at some of their bracelets and earrings. Looks like I need to make a wish list. A girl can dream, right? Speaking of dreaming, I cannot wait to safely travel again. I will need the large jewelry travel case they just launched in nine different vegan leather colors when I do. Typically, most travel cases are not very efficient (either too small or too bulky). Still, this one seems to have perfect compartments for most travel needs.

Discount Tips for Your Puff-Sleeve Pieces

There are moments we need a less expensive item to fit within our budget; other times, a gorgeous dress or top prompts us to splurge. I will showcase similar items from least to luxe within a comparable collection of puff-sleeve options. This way, I will cover a broader price spectrum for different budget levels.

When you hover over an item below, you will see the retailer, brand, price, and potential sale price. You can even opt-in for sale alerts. Just click ’♡ Get Sale Alert.’ You will be notified each time the price drops. It is like being invited onto the set of Dynasty and picking out your favorite Joan Collins (aka Alexis Colby) puff-sleeve item. Maybe the purple dress from the infamous cat-fight scene? You know you could rock it!

Short-Sleeve Puff Top

Dresses with Short-Sleeve Puffiness

Puff-Sleeve Top with Long Sleeves

Puff-Sleeve Summary & Bonus Items

Whether you are going for the Laura Ingles or Alexis Colby look, the puff-sleeve is your answer to this year’s wearable trend. I am here to answer any questions, help pick out anything you need, or help select your favorite puff-sleeve items. I also curate unique looks and unique gifts based on your needs, personality, occasion, and budget. No minimum, no fee, all fun! Here is an example of curated gift options for a husband so the price is not a concern. Here is another for a BFF birthday gift around $100.

There is also a SEARCH function at the top right of every Golden Tribe page. It helps find whatever you are searching for — answers, tips, products, specific topics, or items. If you can’t find what you are looking for, reach out to me as maybe it is a topic that needs its own post inspired by you!

Stay Golden ~Holly

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