Whether it’s a nod to the playful 80’s cocktail dress, or a full on Alexis Colby from Dynasty, puff sleeves and shoulders are having a major fashion moment this holiday. Why the attraction with these types of sleeves? Well, aside from bringing balance to the silhouette (creates larger shoulder volume to balance out a wider hip), it also slenderizes the arms, adds a whimsical romantic vibe to your look (13 Disney princesses can’t be wrong) and finally they draw visual attention to your face and decolletage. So why not get in on the fun?
Our editors went perusing through the puff and found 20 top favorites perfect for the holiday, and parties to come. Have a look and see if you’d like to slip into something a little more puffy…
Pretty in pink? Oh we think! Love the runching and wrap style of this dramatic candy-colored number, along with the play on volume given by these dramatically puffy sleeves.
The Puff is strong with this one…and the asymmetrical action gives it major haute vibes…
A dreamy, airy floral number with light puff sleeves, drawing attention to the modest V neckline.
This party dress has the 3 “P”s covered – plunge neck, pleated skirt, and of course, puff sleeves. Gorgeous gold jacquard adds the interest of texture and print.
This little LBD marries marvelously the puff sleeve and asymmetrical wrap tie. Splendid curves are everywhere to help show off yours.
Romantic and airy, this short dress is actually a romper – surprise! Perfect for partying when your winter vacays takes you to warmer climes.
TERRIFIC TEA LENGTH & MARVELOUS MIDIS
What’s more fun than puff sleeves? How about a bubble dress! This tailored piece of perfection is contoured to show off all your curves and then some. Holiday red puts it way over the top!
Pounce on the print & pattern trend with this adorable patchwork-goes-couture dress.
Beautiful in deep forest green, this sheath dress adds instant polish to your next holiday affair.
Got a list of holiday events, but feeling a little tired of the usual red or green color choice options? Slip into this jewel-toned lovely that you can dress up or down with the right accessories.
This high-lo disco diva dress will have you dancing the night away. The understated puff sleeves add just a hint of 70s gold (pun intended) In sizes OX through 5X.
What’s sweet for the petite? This hounds tooth mid-length is perfect for the office.
TOP OF THE TOPS
This puffy sleeve peplum top delivers tons of holiday color punch. Fabulous in a flirty holiday skirt or just kicking in back in jeans.
Emit some serious animal magnetism with this black & blue beauty. The slight crop makes it the ideal companion with high waisted party pants.
Another fine example of polished in peplum, this one in Plus. The sweetheart neckline top has a light touch of satiny sheen to elevate the material.
Metallic stripes throughout this super soft sweater adds to the holiday glam while keeping you cozy.
The gold standard of puff meets holiday tops, this sequined splendor will definitely get you noticed at your next event.
EXTRA CREDIT: JUICY JUMPSUITS & GORGE GOWNS
Wrap yourself in the luxe embrace of velvet from head to toe with this fantastically foxy jumpsuit from Bebe.
With the sheer long sleeves and flowy fit, this jumpsuit from Maree Pour Toi is at once elegant and sublime.
The one-shoulder design and blousy sleeves create a dreamy romantic look, with a whole lotta sexy in the thigh-high slit. Bad girl never looked so good…
When you need a show stopper, this sublime sapphire gown delivers. We love how the puff sleeves draw attention to the shoulders, giving ample opportunity to showcase a sparkly statement necklace, or just your lovely decolletage.