4 easy ways to wear this season’s puff sleeve top

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Harriet Davey
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From designer to high street, puff sleeve tops are everywhere for s/s 2019. 

With so many new trends taking the limelight this season, it can be difficult to know which ones to actually try out. The Stylist fashion team has already confirmed neon, polka dots and beige as big looks for s/s 2019, but there’s one more we have our eye on: the puff sleeve top.

Going OTT in the top department with a puff (or balloon) sleeve means you can stay casual from the waist down, while still looking like you’ve made an effort. In other words, it’s an ideal style for busy women who need their clothes to work hard for them.

Below, we’ve curated an edit of our top, er, top styles – along with tips on how to wear the statement sleeve. 

Bold and bright

Purple puff sleeve top street style

The term ‘jeans and a nice top’ feels very appropriate here. It’s the outfit equation that hasn’t let us down since the Nineties, and we’re sticking to it. Style your statement sleeve top with casual jeans, like influencer Linda Tol (above), to make it suitable for everyday wear. 

Staud Rene puff sleeve stretch-cotton twill top

Staud Rene puff sleeve stretch-cotton twill top

We can always rely on Staud when it comes to the latest cult bags, and their clothes are just as good. Naturally, their s/s 2019 collection includes many puff sleeve tops. Team this red button-down with a pink slip skirt. 

£165, Staud

Zara poplin puff sleeve top

Zara poplin top

It’s no secret that neon is back, and it’s back to stay if the high street has anything to do with it. We recently told you about the Asos highlighter skirt that went viral, and we predict this Zara top is next on the list. Wear with light wash denim for a real nod to the Noughties. 

£19.99, Zara

Chic checks

With spring comes prints aplenty. We’re big fans of polka dots, but we’re also all about checks – and a gingham or plaid puff sleeve top will tick off two trends in one. Make like stylist and creative consultant Thora Valdimars and rock with belted jeans and heels for evening. 

Ganni Lagarde checked silk-blend lamé top

Ganni puff sleeve top

Trust Ganni to create a cult piece in the making. We’ve already seen this metallic checked top on a number of influencers and it’s selling out, fast. Wear with anything from wide leg trousers to midi skirts. 

£260, Ganni

& Other Stories linen puff sleeve gingham top

& Other Stories puff sleeve top

This top makes us want to take it to brunch, a picnic, to the movies – heck, we’ll wear it at any given opportunity. Sunshine yellow is a favourite this season, but it also comes in a chestnut brown

£59, & Other Stories

All white

White puff sleeve top street style

Fashion girl Bettina Looney opts for a subtle puff sleeve by New York brand, Sea. We’re all for a spot of layering at any time of year, so adding a dress over a puff sleeve top is a chic way to style it. 

Lee Matthews Elsie balloon sleeve cotton-blend blouse

Lee Matthews Elsie balloon sleeve cotton-blend blouse

We can only describe this as the top of the summer. Imagine it with beige trousers and mules for day, and linen shorts and sliders on holiday.

£275, Lee Matthews

Bershka peasant top

Bershka peasant top

Everyone rejoice, there’s a puff sleeve top style under £20 that will take your breath away. Broderie anglaise, puff sleeves, sculptured cups and we repeat – under £20! 

£17.99, Bershka

Back to black

Black puff sleeve top

If in doubt, opt for black. The ever stylish influencer Carola Pojer knows that styling a black puff sleeve with an effortless midi skirt makes for the ideal brunch-to-bar-to-basically-anywhere look. Note: the chunky headband is very Blair Waldrof, and we’re into it. 

Silvia Tcherassi arturo silk crepe de chine blouse

Silvia Tcherassi puff sleeve shirt

We all love a shirt, right? But this is one with a difference. The power is all in the cuffs, and although it’s a lunch dilemma waiting to happen, we can appreciate how incredible it’ll make us look every time we wear it. 

£590, Silvia Tcherassi

Zara contrasting polka dot blouse

Zara polka dot blouse

This one is all in the detail – the contrasting collar, the buttons, the subtle print. Whether you pair it with a pair of sleek trousers or a belted mini, believe us when we say it’ll go the distance in your wardrobe. 

£39.99, Zara

Images: Getty


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