These Puff Sleeve Tops Make Bold Dressing A Breeze

Urban Outfitters // Zara

It's no secret that the '80s have been experiencing a booming revival on and off runways for the past handful of seasons. Bike shorts, color blocking, lots of sequins, jewel tones, and more have taken over as of late, with my favorite throwback trend being puff sleeve tops. There's something about the dramatic silhouette they lend themselves to that makes them feel like the go-to choice for any occasion, so if you've never played with balloon sleeves now should definitely be the time to start.

From cropped styles featuring ditsy floral prints to those teeming with organza creases, puff sleeve tops come in all shapes and forms. You can find them with shoulders so inflated they look like something Cinderella might've worn, or in much less dramatic silhouettes. If you're flashing back to childhood days of wearing stuffy styles with Peter Pan collars and buttons so big they mimicked costume jewelry, fear not — modern iterations feel decidedly cooler and cater to sleek, streamlined aesthetics and boho cool alike. Wearable with cutoffs, mini skirts, high-waisted jeans, or whatever the heck you feel like, they're a cool way to add some unexpected volume toy our look. Below, 20 puff sleeve tops that will take your summer style (and shoulders) to new heights.

Garden Party

The bright pink base color of this top makes it perfect for summer, not to mention its light floral print and subtle sweetheart neckline.

Statement Piece

Talk about a knockout silhouette! The sleeves on this top give off butterfly-esque vibes — if you've got a formal event coming up, consider wearing it with flowy trousers or a form-fitting skirt.

For The Frill Of It

This top reminds me antique painted china plates in the best of ways. It's bow detail and frilled accents only add to its sweet appeal.

Spot On
Best Buds

Pair this with high waisted denim shorts and some bright slip-on mules and you've got yourself the perfect casual brunch look.