July 17, 2006

SS06 Fashion Trend: Puffy Sleeves on the Runway

You remember how I said in the "Empire Waist Tops" post that normal tops are very important because we really don't have the time nor money to wear all the trends? This is why I care about something that is as small as the sleeves -it's a trend that we can wear everyday, and wear without making a special effort in figuring out how to make it work.

OK, so today I found some of the SSS06 collections that featured puffy sleeve clothes (mostly tops.) There's definately more than I thought, and they all give off different feelings:

Pretty and sophisticated at Burberry Prorsum. (For anyone who's interested, Kate Bosworth just wore the dress to the London premeire of Superman last week.)

The puffy sleeves really helped create the silhouette at Moschino (left) and Givenchy (right.)

Extremely ladylike at Proenza Schouler. Sooo girly and pretty!

Also by Proenza Schouler, but since these puffy sleeve tops are worn with pants, they somehow feel more modern, (but equally sophisticated of course, esp Gemma's outfit.)

Funky and youthful at Marc by Marc Jacobs. I adore the shift dress on the left, but the blue and white striped jacket is a bit err... not my style and very hard to wear.

Sensual 50's style at Gucci. This style looked pretty on the Gucci catwalk, but I reckon it's very hard to wear in real life.

I didn't realise this before, but even Fendi featured puffy sleeve tops. It's so easy to focus on the Fendi belt and ignore the rest of the outfit because the belt is such an important accessory this season!

Puffy sleeves on shift dresses in Miu Miu -quirky but oh-so-loveable and artistic!

Come back tomorrow to see how the 'puffy sleeves' trend translates into real life clothes!


Blogger Sarah said...

Even if puffy sleeves become a huge trend, it's not one I will be trying. I just can't do puffy sleeves... I have a round face and puffy sleeves just make me look like a cabbage patch kid. lol

7/17/2006 11:44 AM  
Anonymous christina said...

I personally don't find puffy sleeves attractive, they just wouldn't look good in everyday lives , people wld stare at you , but my fav has to be the gucci green one teamed with some black skinny jeans and the Proenza Schouler, only someone like Kate Moss could pull off huge ruffles like Moschino one , and thats really saying something because Kate Moss is the ultimate fashion icon you should do a style bible of her

7/17/2006 12:24 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

totally agree with sarah and christina. i bought a really beautiful puffy-sleeve top a few years back and its still sitting inside my closet with all the tags on! i can never wear puffy-sleeves without looking frumpy. i tried though (cos i just love the romanticness of a puffy-sleeve) but i just cant seem to pull it off. i believe this trend looks best on a certian type of people. you dont need to be a supermodel to pull this off but you do need to possess a certain "coolness" to wear this trend, you know, to offset the "overcuteness" of a puffy-sleeve.

7/17/2006 1:03 PM  
Blogger alluretone said...

i think puffy sleeves are hard to wear and look causual at the same time. I'd feel too dressed up. But I still think it's an adorable trend.


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7/17/2006 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miu Miu does the same sleeve shape as Moschino but much more elegantly. I do not get Marc Jacobs--I think those examples are quite silly! (his fault, not yours!) And I agree with your "reckoning" with regard to Gucci!

7/17/2006 2:18 PM  
Blogger Frapp said...

I look terrible with puffy sleeves, like Sarah I have a round face and end up looking like a Cabbage Patch kid! Thankfully I realised this before I did any splurging on a trend that I'd never wear without looking like an idiot.

7/17/2006 4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the Burberry style puffed sleeve is the one that most girls can wear. It's a very simple sleeve, but adds a bit of elegance and Victoriana to a basic outfit.

7/17/2006 4:27 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

cabbage patch kids! i love the way you put it ;P


7/17/2006 5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frankly, I hate the puffy sleeves look but, GUCCI! Oh my goodness. They did it again. Esp the one on the left...SOOOO pretty! But a wee bit too revealing.

7/17/2006 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Kim said...

This is yet another testament to the notion that designers do not create their work for the general population. Puffy sleeves are just not practical, for anyone with regular dimensions.

7/17/2006 11:54 PM  
Anonymous Kristen (Thoughts From The Bus Stop) said...

I love puffed sleeves (short ones)! I like that they make the tops of my arms (now sagging with age) look slimmer and I also think they make my shoulders look less rounded.

I don't like them so much if they're elasticated - I like puffed sleeves with a shallow cuff on them. I feel glam in puffed sleeved tops!

7/18/2006 12:48 AM  
Blogger Becky said...

I like the first two outfits the best. They are more classic.

7/18/2006 2:43 AM  
Blogger k said...

Gemma's look is definattely a look to look like. Love it. It feels really starnge to be enjoying the puffy sleeves here, I used to hate them from the bottom of my heart.

7/18/2006 3:10 AM  
Anonymous paz said...

it gives tops and dresses a more girly and fun look. not exactly a look i'm going for, but nevertheless cute!

7/18/2006 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Sophia_was_here said...

I think the trick with puffy sleeve tops is your hair. Right now, I have mine cut in a shoulder-length angular bob, so the sharpness of my hair offsets the prettiness of the shirt. Back when my hair ran down my back, I wouldn't have dared to wear puffy sleeves.

7/18/2006 10:44 AM  
Anonymous isabel said...

what??? i can't believe people are saying that puffy sleeves can't be done or, for that matter, that they are ugly!! i think half of my tops have puffy sleeves at the moment, and i've never enjoyed my tops more than i do now. i think it's a matter of flaunting your girly side, instead of shying away to plain old what? t-shirt sleeves? hideous flutter bat sleeves? capped sleeves? stuffy straightcut suit sleeves? no sleeves? i'm not worried about people not buying into this trend. what i'm worried about is seeing this on everyone everywhere come fall and winter! ;p

7/19/2006 12:33 AM  
Blogger MrsSethCohenKT said...

what i love the puffy sleeves...the puffy sleeves rock! i wonder why nobody likes them cos they add so much more to a top than if it was a normal T-shirt it makes an outfit look more girlie..which is a good thing rite?

7/20/2006 5:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love puffy sleeves! I think pretty much everything I've bought the last week or two has them. I love the way they set the focus off my chest and makes it look smaller. I think 'sophia_was_here' is right about the hair. I have sort of a punky hair-cut which is short on one side and shoulder lengt on the other so it balances the girly-ness

7/21/2006 2:15 AM  
Anonymous Amber Dextrose said...

Ooh, I'm loving it. I'd totally missed them (probably because I'm so pre-pay day poor that I'm not even shop-surfin' let alone going in and feeling the goods!)

I love the way that the 'cleanness' of all these designs and the way that the outfits are all very otherwise restrained gives a youthful feel to the puff sleeves, without making it unsuitable for any particular age group.

Details like these are a boon for the cash-poor but style-rich because you can look v. on-trend without blowing your budget. Love love love the b/w Fendi outfit.

7/21/2006 8:58 PM  
Anonymous ebisue said...

I knew something was up when I saw a very interesting and smart woman I know who usually wears a black beret - wearing a dusty heathered blue "puffy" sleeved (at the top) TEE SHIRT! Where on earth she got it I have no idea - but I must find out. She was wearing it under a zip up black vest with an interesting tatoolike silver graphic between the shoulder blades. verry understated and chic I though. I welcome this trend with open puffy sleeved arms!

4/21/2007 8:17 AM  
Blogger Fashionista said...

I adore puffy sleeves, they're so clean, girly and virsitle. Puffy sleeves could be on a dress for a more sophisticated look or a top for a casual look.

My favorites are Marc Jacobs's tops with the slit down the middle of them, I liked the accessories he paired them with, (sunglasses, and skinny belts, with ultra cute bags)

I also like the Proenza Schouler ones. As mentioned, sooo girly and pretty!! The very first one of the Proenza Schoulers' is my ultimate favorite, with the silver ensamble, I think that model is exeptionally well done; with the pulled back hair and flushed look.

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