Up, up, and away. The balloon sleeve trend is soaring and there’s no better time than now to get involved. Whether you are a lover of balloons or have mild PTSD from childhood birthday parties with clowns, we can guarantee the balloon sleeve trend will soften the blow.
Along with the shoulder pad era, the balloon sleeve swept through the ‘80s with gusto, serving us seriously dramatic looks in the form of prom dresses and fitted tops. Now we’re seeing it emerge in a range of fun styles from crop tops to dresses and even sweaters.
Long, puffed sleeves that gather at the shoulders, puff out, and then gather back at the wrists or even elbows make up this iconic fashion trend.
The Balloon Sleeve Dress
Weave a balloon sleeve dress into your wardrobe – the perfect complement to summer vintage markets where you might find yourself overindulging in a bunch of knickknacks and snacks you don’t need. It’s perfect for strutting around town during the day. Or switch out your flats for heels and rock it to nighttime festivities.
Our Fit & Flare Mini Dress looks extra cute when worn with a fedora and a pout in a garden setting where there may be pictures involved. Sip a cheeky flute of champagne in front of an orange tree for peak IG content.
This old thing? Our Floral Print Cutout Mini Dress featuring an allover floral print and chic midsection cutouts starts all the conversations so you don’t have to. Feeling shy? We 10/10 recommend wearing this one on days when the cute barista is working at your fav café to grab their attention. When they see you, they will be sure to spill the beans.
The Balloon Sleeve Top & Jeans
The best way to draw attention to your balloon sleeves is to rock it with a pair of plain denim jeans. We love this style for a classy, casual event. Not much effort is needed because the sleeves immediately dress up your ‘fit. Our Balloon Sleeve Crop Top in sage or cream features a plunging neckline and front buttons. Wear it with high-waisted light wash denim jeans and throw a cream crossbody bag over your shoulder.
The Balloon Sleeve Sweater
Sweater weather just got better. For a relaxed, chic day ‘fit, wear a balloon sleeve sweater tucked into a pair of denim, black, or white jeans. Our Marled Balloon-Sleeve Sweater featuring drop shoulders does the job quite nicely. This gem is also great if you’re heading to the gym and want something to throw on afterward that is stylish and warm. Sweaters are always a great investment for practical reasons, but the balloon sleeve jazzes up any ‘fit giving you an air of sophistication wherever you wear it.
A balloon sleeve complements most body types and is a great way to add a subtle flair to your ‘fit. Choose from dramatic, full-blown styles or more subtle drop shoulder options depending on the vibe. Check out our new arrivals in store or online for the latest in sleeve trends to elevate your wardrobe.