Friday Fashion Fix: How to Wear Puff-Sleeves

The perfect summer staple

The new statement sleeve is frothy, sweet and supersized–the puff works in proportion to a neatly fitted bodice and cropped length, for a blouse that’s as chic as it is cute. 

puff sleves

Photography by Michael Brunt


1 AVAVAV, $240, at 2 Bec & Bridge, $220, 3 Self-Portrait, $357, at

When it’s too hot for a crisp shirt, puff-sleeve crops in cotton or linen make for a breezy alternative. With a square neckline, shirring or tie-waist details, tailoring adds polish any outfit whilst roomy sleeves keep it modern and cool. 


Photography by Sevak Babakhani

1 Baum und Pferdgarten PANTS, $345, 03-9420 1500. 2 Sylvia Toledano EARRINGS, $240, at 3 Zara SKIRT, $59.95, 4 Alias Mae HEELS, $189.95, 5 Emily Levine BAG, $402, at

Balance a puff-sleeve’s volume with streamlined bottoms like flowing pants or a slip skirt, and finish with fine and feminine accessories for an easy-to-wear and flattering take on the trend.  

This article originally appeared in the March 2020 issue of marie claire.

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