The puff-sleeve top has been every fashion girl’s piece-de-resistance over the past few years. From its regal beginnings back in the 14th to 17th century as the go-to silhouette during the renaissance era, to modern romantic iterations made for a variety of personal styles—the puff-sleeve top is definitely here to stay. Whether you’re looking for the perfect summer ‘fit or are simply living out your cottagecore dreams, this whimsical shoulder-centric piece will make heads turn on Instagram and IRL.
That said, there’s more than one way to style this trendy piece. If you’re wary it’ll only result create an ultra-feminine look, think again. Styling is key to transforming this item. To help you make the most out of your favorite puff-sleeve top, we rounded up some cool outfit combinations that will surely up your style game.
12 Puff-Sleeve Top Outfit Ideas When You Have "Nothing to Wear"
1. Cropped puff-sleeve top + high-waist denim pants + baguette bag
Show off that toned core with this casual ‘fit that’s more cool than dainty. Top off with your favorite gold necklace that flaunts a statement pendant.
2. Puff-sleeve button-down + high-waist cigarette jeans + cap-toe pumps
This is a timeless ‘fit you can easily wear from the office to a night out with friends. The beauty of this look is that the straight cut jeans that cap off your ankle are a great way to make you look taller and slimmer since you’re wearing a lot of volume up top.
3. Backless puff-sleeve top + high-waist wide-leg trousers + layered gold jewelry + statement shoulder bag
A flirty look you can flaunt even when it’s not summer! Off-set your back-bearing top with a pair of wide-leg pants. This also works if you want a monochromatic ‘fit that isn’t ultra-feminine.
4. Deep V puff-sleeve top + ripped jeans + minimalist gold jewelry
Show off your curves with this flattering silhouette. Be sure to pick a puff-sleeve blouse that hugs or tapers at your waist to create that flawless hourglass figure with a pair of hip-shaping jeans.
5. Ruffled puff-sleeve top + denim skirt + pumps
More is more when it comes to this look! If you want an OOTD that (literally) speaks volumes, this combination draws in all eyes on your torso up. It’s a great way to let your statement puff-sleeve top shine and keeping it simple when it comes your skirt and choice of shoes. Do try to match colors though to keep things coordinated.
6. Puff-sleeve top + high-waist shorts + pointed ballerina flats
This is the ‘fit you can beat the heat in! If you’re donning a closed neck top in blistering temps, be sure to pair it with a pair of breezy bright shorts! Keep things classy with a pair of pointed ballet flats for added sophistication.
7. Puff-sleeve top + dress + boots
Talk about school-girl chic! We love this flirty iteration of this academic ‘fit that’s perfect for rainy days or cool weather countries. Not to mention, it looks great in mirror selfies for the 'gram.
8. Puff-sleeve top + high-waist baggy jeans + ankle boots
This ‘80s inspired outfit is perfect for rainy days! The high-waist jeans will make your legs look a lot longer—especially when paired with ankle boots that are styled with your hems tucked in.
9. Cropped puff-sleeve top + tailored shorts + minimalist jewelry
This breezy outfit undeniably look sophisticated, too! The trick is to go monochromatic and pick a neutral color palette in earth tones. Keep your beauty look sleek and clean to channel some non-chalant elegance.
10. Puff-sleeve button down + belt + maxi skirt + slides + tiny shoulder bag
If you aren’t a fan of print on print, you can opt for a top that’s plain in a neutral color. Better to pair with a tiered skirt (as seen below) or a printed piece that could add texture to your look.
11. Cropped puff-sleeve top + midi pencil skirt + heeled sandals
Cop this sleek 'fit that will make you look tall and slender. This looks best on girls who are petite and have a rectangular body type—meaning you have modest curves! Opt for this style combo if you'd like to look dressy without trying too much.
12. Puff-sleeve top + midi skirt + boots + handbag
A puff-sleeve top looks particularly great paired with a flowy midi skirt. This look creates the illusion of a smaller waist and if great if you’re not a fan of pants! You can trade the boots for some lace up heeled sandals or mules if you want your ‘fit to look more summery.
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