That Perfect Puff Sleeve

Anything that adds some fun to the shoulders – I’m here for. I loved the cold-shoulder trend, was so on board with the off-the-shoulder situation and now, I’m living for the puff sleeve. For me, it’s the perfect combination of demure Victorian chic and 80s power trip – except I refuse to believe that
anyone is going to regret this trend.

It’s cute and playful but also so flattering – so you don’t have to worry about this not suiting you – it works for everybody, I swear. When I see my fashion icons – celebrities, other bloggers or models – wearing trends like this one, my heart sinks a bit as it’s the kind of clothing that you know is going to break the bank, more often than not. But the high street has really jumped on this look so you can either splash out on your favourite labels or try out the trend from Zara.

Balance Out

Pair an extravagant top with some low-key jeans. My favourite piece is this black organza style from Zara and I love wearing it with my light wash straight jeans because my outfit doesn’t become to heavy and I can wear it from day-to-night. If I was opting for a patterned top, I’d probably swap to
black jeans or a skirt.

Princess Dress


If you’re more of a pretty dress kind of girl, this trend is really where you can embellish. The sleeves, the materials, the colourways – it’s all your domain. How to stop yourself from looking like the next Disney princess? I’d swap a pair of heels for some sneakers – chunky or otherwise – to tone down a fancy look. Perfect for city girls as running around on cobbled streets in Manolos is not the one!

Toughen Up


I think wearing with grunge boots can toughen up the otherwise girly look, particularly if the material is something quite girly, like tulle, organza or taffeta. In terms of colour, this really depends on you and your mood. You’re still going to nail the trend whether you’re in all black or a bright coral hue.

Clashing Patterns


If you’re really confident, don’t understate any part of your look. Pair a bold puff-sleeve top (think jewelled tones like cobalt and magenta) with a floral skirt. I’m not talking ditsy flowers or even ground-breaking spring florals; find a William Morris-esque wallpaper print and get into character
and go all out.

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6 Comments

  1. SHEhijabi on June 14, 2019 at 6:28 pm

    Always nice to visit your blog Ash! Love the sleeves! Faye xx

  2. Lisa Autumn on June 14, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    Oh the sleeves look amazing babe!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  3. jenniferpickering22gmailcom on June 14, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    These sleeves are the cutest!!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

  4. Mariya aka BRONDEMA on June 16, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Love this outfit!

    Mariya | https://www.brunetteondemand.com

  5. Jessica on June 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

    This is such a cute look on you dear! Lovely puff sleeves, and I like how you styled the look with those heels. Chic contrast.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  6. Sarah on July 24, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Love how you mentioned making this more grunge… totally my style!

    Xx Sarah
    http://www.indecisivelystylish.com

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