This New Statement Sleeve Is 2017's Answer to Off-the-Shoulder

Emma Spedding

If you've visited Who What Wear UK in 2017, you know that the '80s are back in a big way. Not only does that mean wearing Quality Street purple, white shoes and double-breasted jackets with XXL shoulders, but it's also bringing the return of the puff sleeve.


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Personally, whenever I hear the word "puffball" attached to anything—especially sleeves—I think of Drew Barrymore in Never Been Kissed. Resplendent in her shiny pink shocker of a prom dress, you can glimpse at her look on Seventeen to see what I'm talking about. But fear not—this is not 2017's plan. The street style crowd isn't wearing billowing bubblegum-pink tinfoil just yet, but rather shirts with dramatic oversize shoulders and sleeves. When said silhouettes are voluminous at the top and cuffed at the wrist, it's technically called a leg-of-mutton sleeve. And it's technically one of the few '80s trends I can imagine wearing.



The likes of Jacquemus, A.W.A.K.E., Balenciaga and Rosie Assoulin have all tapped into this silhouette. Meanwhile, Kitri and Mango have some amazing versions for high-street prices. And while off-the-shoulder styles remain popular and flattering, there's something to be said for easier bra situation that this new wave brings.

Scroll below to shop our edit of the 11 best puff sleeves to buy now.

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