Place your bets now people, because we’re predicting the puff sleeve tops will be everywhere this summer.
As we enter a new decade, fashion is all about being extra: shoes are reaching new heights (particularly our trainers) and sunglasses are no good unless they’re covering half our face. Statement sleeves – a persistent micro-trend over the last few seasons – are no different, though for 2020 they’re taking big and bold to a whole new level, or so said the SS'20 runways.
From Khaite, Brock Collection and Mara Hoffman in New York to Simone Rocha and Rejina Pyo in London right through to the drama of Alexander McQueen in Paris, dramatic statement sleeves were seen in full force on the catwalks in all shapes, forms, and fabrics, including romantic ruffles, sheer materials, striking colours, and playful prints.
Don't believe us? Well, maybe you'll believe Meghan Markle. Proving once again that she is style icon after our own heart wearing one of the biggest trends for spring 2020 – a puffed sleeve top. On one of her last official royal duties, Meghan visited the National Theatre in an impeccably chic all-white ensemble that included a stunning ivory organza blouse. Though her pencil skirt may have been Roland Mouret and her shoes Aquazzura, her headline-grabbing top came from high-street stalwart Topshop.
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The overarching message for 2020's puff-sleeve trend is the bigger the better. OTT bold shoulders are feminine, romantic, super empowering, and most importantly fun! Pair your puff sleeves with something fitted on the bottom. Be it a pencil skirt ála Meghan Markle or tight trousers or jeans to balance the playful look.
Scroll below to shop the best puff-sleeve tops on the high street right now that undoubtedly deserve a place in your closet this season and into the next.
SHOP THE BEST PUFF SLEEVE tOPS:
The ideal top for eating your way through Christmas
Top with puff sleeves, €39.95, Zara
New Year's Eve called, it wants you to wear this top.
Metallic Puff-Sleeve top, €55, Warehouse
Because whoever said puff sleeve tops needed two sleeves?
One Shoulder Blouse, €19.99, Stradivarius
Polka Dot Blouse, €69, & Other Stories
An alternative day-two option for any brides-to-be.
Ivory Short Sleeve Puff Taffeta Blouse, €49, Topshop
If I could copy and paste an outfit directly into my wardrobe, this would be it.
Checked crop top, €25.95, Zara
Square Neck Top, €69, & Other Stories
The perfect transition into spring blouse
Floral Puff Sleeve Top, €35.99, Mango
Another 2019 trend that's here to stay? Leather.
Faux Leather Shirt With Puff Sleeves, €19.99, Stradivarius
The sleeves, the neckline, the print...*chef's kiss*
Animal print poplin top, €25.95, Zara
Main image by @monikh on Instagram